Coming Attractions

What do Harrison Ford (age 65) and Sylvester Stallone (age 61) have in common? Both have action movies that will be coming to theaters soon that reprise their starring roles in movie series from the 1980s. Ford will be starring in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, which continues the popular Indiana Jones trilogy that came out between 1981 and 1989. Stallone's Rambo, which comes out this Friday, brings back the popular character from the Rambo trilogy that was released between 1982 and 1988.

Twenty years is a long time to go between films, especially when those two decades are the ones between an actor's 40s and his 60s. There's a lot of water under the bridge there. Stallone, at least, looks great for his age. I saw him on Letterman the other night and he appeared to be really fit, especially for a man of his age. The Wikipedia article about the upcoming Indiana Jones movie notes that Ford "spent three hours a day at a gym, and relied on a high-protein diet of fish and vegetables" to get in shape for the role.

Of the two movies, I'm far more likely to see Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, simply because I really liked the Indiana Jones movies. I hope that this sequel can live up to the quality of the rest of the series and not just be an exercise in nostalgia.