John-Rhys-Davies has revealed he would love to return as excavator Sallah in Indiana Jones 5.
Speaking to Yahoo Movies at the BAFTA Cymru Awards, Rhys-Davies pondered Sallah’s life beyond The Last Crusade. “I like to think that he would have been somebody like Khaled al-Asaad – that marvelous 80-year-old man who was defending his museum in Palmyra and who hid its major treasures and refused to give them over to ISIS and was beheaded in the town square,” he said.
Rhys-Davies is referring to Syrian archaeologist Khaled al-Assad, who tragically died defending the ancient city of Palmyra in 2015. He believes the “best digger in Egypt” would have shared some qualities with the late scholar.
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