20 Things You Somehow Missed In Raiders Of The Lost Ark

11. Pat Roach Has Two Roles

Raiders of the Lost Ark Harrison Ford
Paramount Pictures

Pat Roach is well-known to appear in the film as the massive Luftwaffe mechanic who attacks Indy whilst he is attempting to hijack the Nazis' flying wing.

However, it is not so well known that Roach, a professional wrestler, also appeared in the film as the Giant Sherpa during the blazing fight between Indy and Toht's men in Marion's Nepalese bar.

Roach's appearances in Raiders led to a lasting career with Indiana Jones, as he returned as an imposing Thugee guard in 1984's Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and as a Gestapo officer who tracks Indy to a Zeppelin in 1989's Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Roach's scenes in Last Crusade had originally been longer, but slowed the film down and therefore ended up on the cutting room floor. Rest assured though that his character would have had another very dramatic fate in his efforts to stop Dr. Jones.

Igor Jijikine's Colonel Antonin Dovchenko in 2008's Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is a reference to Roach's contribution to the series and its memorable fight sequences, as Roach had sadly passed away in 2004.


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