Is that John Hurt in the Crystal Skull trailer?

Two months ago, John Hurt refused to divulge who he plays in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull — many fans think he might be playing Abner Ravenwood, father of Indy’s erstwhile girlfriend Marion — but he did say this:

Well, I’m all in the second half. I’m one of what I called the Famous Five. . . . It was Karen [Allen], me, Harrison [Ford], Shia [LaBeouf], and Ray Winstone, who is one of the Famous Five but dodgy.

So, do we get any glimpses of this famous fivesome in the trailer that came out two days ago? Why yes, I believe we do — but the character who is almost certainly being played by John Hurt is always kept in the distance or at the very edge of the frame. And we never get anything resembling a good look at his face.

Still, all that said, I think it is safe to say that Hurt’s character has long-ish hair, is wearing a poncho, and needs to be helped by Indiana Jones as they all run down the steps outside the temple.

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APR 30 UPDATE: Bit of a delayed reaction here, but I finally got around to capturing the shot that someone mentioned in the comments; we get an even better look at Hurt in the new trailer:


MAY 1 UPDATE: Official Pix is now selling these two photos:

MAY 3 UPDATE: The new trailer is now up at the official website, in a high-def version that gives us this much better image:

MAY 13 UPDATE: John Hurt is interviewed in a bonus feature on the new “special edition” of Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) — and the identity of his character is apparently revealed there.

About Peter T. Chattaway

Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his film column, which won multiple awards from the Evangelical Press Association, the Canadian Church Press and the Fellowship of Christian Newspapers, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004) and Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005).

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17492591447246532970 jasdye

    i will say this: ford looks good for his advancing age.

  • Anonymous

    If you pause the trailer when indy and Spalko’s jeeps hit each other whilst racing along the cliff top you can see ray winston in the back seat of Indy’s car, along with the long haired character who is presumably played by John Hurt.


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