In preproduction meetings for the series, George Lucas indicated his desire to have Old Indy boast a facial scar and eyepatch, "but gave no backstory for the decision", though Hall chose which eye would be covered and stated that Lucas gave him no direct suggestions for playing the character beyond his physical appearance. Despite "an intense scrutiny" of how Harrison Ford portrayed the role and initially adapting some of his facial expressions, Hall "felt artificial" and ultimately avoided using Ford's mannerisms, advising his co-stars Corey Carrier and Sean Patrick Flanery to do the same in relation to him:
- They shouldn't look to me, because I'm a life they don't even know. I've experienced their lives; they haven't experienced mine. That would be imposing something upon them that would be totally foreign to them.
To that end, Hall instead offered his own interpretation of Indy at this point in his life:
- He's heroic in the sense that he's past the age of caring whether people appreciate what he's saying or not. He's old enough to know that truisms are truisms and should be believed because they are true. He's a good storyteller and he makes people want to listen to him and learn from listening to him. And then they go off and learn something else and continue the process of learning.
During the original run of The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, Hall was featured in bookend segments for most of its episodes, including two ("Florence, May 1908" and "Transylvania, January 1918") which went unaired in the United States before the show was cancelled by ABC. Although this included bookends for the episodes "Chicago, April 1920" and "Chicago, May 1920" as shown in some territories, new bookends with Harrison Ford were shot so the two segments could be edited together and aired on ABC as the TV movie Young Indiana Jones and the Mystery of the Blues. Similarly, Hall filmed bookends for "New York, June 1920" and "New York, July 1920," episodes which were edited together and aired as Young Indiana Jones and the Scandal of 1920 without bookends.
The Old Indy segments were filmed by a second unit crew under the direction of Carl Schultz, with Hall required to wear makeup designed and applied by Bari Burman and Tom Burman for the role. His scenes, set in what was then the present day (1992/1993), were shot at Carolco Studios and on location in Wilmington, North Carolina, where Hall appreciated the "romance" of altering city venues to suit the show's purposes. Filming a pair of bookends for an episode took a day or less, with seventeen bookends being completed in May 1992 alone.
Although he declined to name any particular episode as a favourite, Hall had fond memories of working with Jane Wyatt as Vicky Prentiss on the bookends for "London, May 1916" and campaigned to have a two-hour series finale for The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles in which Old Indy and Old Vicky would marry. However, he had no involvement in the later TV movies made for The Family Channel and his scenes were cut for the re-edited series The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones, leaving it unclear whether the existence of Old Indy and the events of the bookends would still be considered part of the Indiana Jones canon by Lucasfilm.
Hall appeared in numerous Broadway and Off-Broadway productions over the course of several decades, beginning with Call Me Mister in 1946, and frequently worked on radio dramas such as Pepper Young's Family. His onscreen filmography is more limited, though his feature film credits include From the Hip (with John Hurt), Johnny Be Good, Her Majesty Mrs Brown, and Big Daddy; while his additional television credits include appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show, the soap operas The Edge of Night and Ryan's Hope, and the TV movie Samson and Delilah (directed by Nicolas Roeg, with Paul Freeman and Elizabeth Hurley), as well as a regular role in the period dramedy Remember WENN (with Tom Beckett).
Appearances as Old Indy
- Young Indiana Jones and the Curse of the Jackal
- "London, May 1916"
- "British East Africa, September 1909"
- "Verdun, September 1916"
- "German East Africa, December 1916"
- "Congo, January 1917"
- "Austria, March 1917"
- "Somme, Early August 1916"
- "Germany, Mid-August 1916"
- "Barcelona, May 1917"
- "Chicago, April 1920"
- "Chicago, May 1920"
- "Princeton, February 1916"
- "Petrograd, July 1917"
- "New York, June 1920"
- "New York, July 1920"
- "Vienna, November 1908"
- "Northern Italy, June 1918"
- "Ireland, April 1916"
- "Paris, September 1908"
- "Peking, March 1910"
- "Benares, January 1910"
- "Paris, October 1916"
- "Florence, May 1908"
- "Transylvania, January 1918"
Notes and references
- Stephens, Lynne. "The Old Indiana Jones Chronicles." Starlog #185 (December 1992), pp. 45-48, 65.
- The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, On the Set and Behind the Scenes, pp. 22-24.
- Young Indiana Jones - Mystery of the Blues Bookends
- The Old Indiana Jones Chronicles - Part 6
- The Old Indiana Jones Chronicles - Part 7
- Old Indy Bookends - Young Indy Film Locations
- United States Congress. House Committee on Un-American Activities. Investigation of Communist Activities, New York Area - Part VII (Entertainment) (August 17-18, 1955). Hearings Before the Committee on Un-American Activities, House of Representatives, Eighty-Fourth Congress, First Session (Washington: United States Government Printing Office), pp. 2373-2387.