Indiana Jones: Steven Spielberg was terrified of one dangerous Temple of Doom stunt
In the final few thrilling scenes of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Indy (played by Harrison Ford) attempted to cross a rope suspension bridge to get away from his pursuers. Clutching the lost Sankara Stone and running from cultists, Indy had no choice but to cut the bridge’s rope and send himself and his foes into the gorge beneath them. Speaking in the Blu-ray extras for the film, Ford revealed Spielberg would not go near the bridge.
Ford said: “It’s real scary. Steven was really scared of the bridge because it was a real suspension bridge over 150 feet clear fall before you dashed yourself to death on rocks and shallow water.”
Spielberg explained on the extras that a local dam-building company built the bridge for the film on short notice.
And although they created a sturdy and trustworthy bridge, he couldn’t set go further than a few yards onto it.
He said: “I have a terrible fear of heights and when the bridge was finished I could go out 40 yards from either end… but I couldn’t go past the point of no return. Just couldn’t do it.”