Karen Allen recalls encountering 6,000 snakes in 'Raiders of the Lost Ark'

It’s hard to believe it’s been 40 years since Harrison Ford came swinging, shooting and swashbuckling onto big screens all over the world in “Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark.” His co-star, Karen Allen, reminisces about working on the film. (June 8)

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KAREN ALLEN: The first scene that I had to work with was the scene in the bar, where we meet her and she's drinking these men under the table. And then she orders them all out of the bar. And then Harrison comes in, and she punches him in the face. And I just remember reading it and thinking, wow, that's my kind of girl.

I really fell in love with her. I mean, I just thought, this is the kind of character I really am going to so enjoy playing. And yes, I had not been reading scripts like that. I think they were very few and far between those kind of wonderful, strong female characters in films at that time.

There were 6,000 snakes on that set. And I'm not particularly fearful of snakes. I grew up, you know, at times in my life in the countryside, so I had been around you know just your normal garden snakes and things like that. Nobody wants to get bitten by a snake clearly. But over time, I got used to them.