Ray Winstone Whips It Good With ‘Indy 4’

We’ve seen his not-so-buff bod in “Sexy Beast,” heard him voice the adorable Mr. Beaver in “Narnia,” and now he’s being turned into the titular hero of the CGI flick “Beowulf.” But these days, it’s Ray Winstone’s action film that has everybody talking.

“You go there, and you see the first camera move, and then you realize you’re in an Indiana Jones film,” the 50-year-old actor said excitedly when asked about his recent experiences on “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”. “It’s a film I never thought I’d ever be making. Then you get a little bit [more] excited, because it’s something your kids are going to be able to watch. And working with Steven Spielberg and [George Lucas] … They’re geniuses; these are clever men, and they’re great filmmakers, and you feel like you’re in the company of these people. What happened? How did I get from there to here?”

Confirming that he’s worked with both the trademark Indy hat and whip, Winstone said that the beloved movie props gave him chills. “Yep, without any shadow of a doubt — and without even realizing I was going to be like that,” he grinned. “Harrison really uses the whip — he can hit a spot on a door with the whip! The man runs around like a 17-year-old.”

Although the veil of secrecy on the film remains tough to crack, the beefy British actor did concede that he plays a sidekick to Ford’s iconic hero. “It’s alright, I like it,” he said of the second-banana role, along the same lines as Short Round in “Temple of Doom”. “I’ve enjoyed working with [Ford]; it’s fun.”

As for the script, Winstone said that “Crystal” mixes its action, heartfelt moments and comedy in equal amounts. “They wouldn’t last forever if they just had action,” he explained. “If it all works to plan, which I’m sure it will, it [will have that mix]; it starts off with a gallop, and [the script] just gets quicker and quicker and quicker. It’s one hell of a story, actually.”

Furthermore, the actor expressed enthusiasm for the work of franchise newcomer Shia LaBeouf, who he said has brought the Indy world a welcomed sense of improv. “Shia’s a great kid. He’s got his feet on the ground, and he’s a born actor, this boy,” Winstone observed. “I like him a lot.”

And despite what many have assumed, Winstone insists that the humor of the film isn’t necessarily dependent on Indy delivering “I’m too old for this”-type lines after an action scene. “I don’t think so,” he assured. “I wouldn’t want to race Harrison around the block; he would beat me. He’s looking fit as a fiddle.”