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Tom Selleck as Indiana Jones.

After landing the role of Han Solo in George Lucas’ 1977 “Star Wars” while he was still working as a carpenter, Harrison Ford found himself the star of a franchise and, in 1980, appeared in “Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.”

But when Ford was up for the lead role in Steven Spielberg’s 1981 Indiana Jones flick, “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” getting the part wasn’t as easy.

"Star Wars" creator George Lucas happened to cowrite "Raiders of the Lost Ark" and didn’t want Ford to appear in yet another one of his films.

"I said, ‘Oh, Steven. He’s been in two of my movies. I don’t want him to be my Bobby De Niro,’" Lucas said in a making-of featurette.

So with Lucas not wanting Ford to be in all of his projects - in a way that’s similar to how Robert De Niro has been in many of Martin Scorsese’s movies - the production set up a screen test with a fresher face: Tom Selleck.

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