In the article ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’: 30 years later, a stuntman’s memories, Vic Armstrong recalls the following…
“In ‘Raiders’ there’s that famous scene where Indy meets this hulking great Arab swordsman and simply shoots him dead. Originally there was an elaborate fight sequence planned and a stunt team went up to the coast for two weeks working it out…. Steven [Spielberg] watched and said, ‘Look, I’m going to shoot whatever I can until three o’clock because then I’m getting out of here.’ Peter Diamond was dumbstruck: ‘You can’t do that, it’s gonna take four days to film this fight. It’s a huge fight and the guys have been rehearsing it for weeks.’ Steven said, ‘I’ve got a plane coming at three, I’m out of here, I’ve got enough, I don’t need any more here.’ Tomblin butted in, ‘For Christ’s sake Steven, you’ve got to do this.’ But Steven was standing firm, ‘No, I’m out at three.’ Tomblin said, ‘Well, it’s stupid doing this whole routine, you might as well just shoot the guy with a gun.’ ‘Don’t be facetious Dave.’ Then Steven paused. ‘I’ll tell you what, let’s try that. Yes, let’s try just shooting him.’ And the rest is history.”
Ummm, I always heard Harrison Ford was suffering from Dysentery and wasn’t able to perform the fight scene and it was he who suggested that Indy just shoot the guy. Vic Armstrong’s account kinda makes Steven Spielberg out to be a douche. I have no idea what to believe anymore.