Tom Selleck On The Indiana Jones Role That Got Away: "I Didn't Turn It Down!"

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Tom Selleck On The Indiana Jones Role That Got Away: "I Didn't Turn It Down!"

Many people think Tom Selleck turned down the 1981 role of Indiana Jones in "Raiders of the Lost Ark," which went to Harrison Ford — but it's not true, the actor says.

"There's one [role] everyone seems to know got away," Tom tells Rach. "Steven Spielberg even put my screen test [up] on the anniversary of 'Raiders of the Lost Ark.'"

"The thing I hate is, with Wikipedia and all that stuff, there's all sorts of things that aren't true," the "Blue Bloods" actor goes on. "I didn't turn it down, I earned the part. I did a screen test, and Steven Spielberg and George Lucas said you got the part. And I said, 'Well, I've done this pilot, and I don't know whether it's a conflict.' They say, 'We're not worried about that.' And then it was 'Magnum [P.I.].'"

"It turns out I could've done both," Tom says, "but Harrison kind of did a good job." 

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