by Alison

Everyone loves the first action scene in “Raiders of the Lost Ark”. It’s known as the ‘golden idol scene’ and I was able to watch in on YouTube, and you can too with this link.

While I have seen this movie numerous times, originally at the drive-in, I never really noticed teeth before. But yesterday this incongruity really struck me. Alfred Molina plays the Peruvian guide, Satipo, and his character is a real jerk that gets a bit of instant karma.

When we see Satipo smile with happiness, that Indy successfully grabbed the idol, he reveals very uneven upper front teeth as you can see in this photo. It's much more visible in the actual movie, you can see it really well in the YouTube clip. Please forgive me, the still I grabbed via screenshot is blurry.  

Alfred MolinaBut karma gets Satipo after he betrays Indy, stealing the idol and leaving him to be sealed in the tomb forever. However, Indy gives us the first of many cliffhanging close calls and makes it out and sees that Satipo has been fatally impaled by a booby trap. And we see this image of his impaled head.  Alfred Molina dead

Can you see the difference in the teeth? The live character has very uneven teeth (the upper right front tooth looks pushed in and the upper left one looks pushed out) but the dead one has very straight even teeth. Now that I look carefully I also see that the dead character has fat earlobes, but Alfred Molina does not.

So this really makes me wonder about the whole process. Why didn’t they just put makeup on Alfred Molina and have him play dead? They either used a human double or a mannequin. Why? Alfred Molina was a nobody back then, therefore I think he would have been willing to get made up as if he had been impaled. And if it's a mannequin, in less than an hour, I could have made an exact copy of Alfred Molina's teeth.

And this makes me think I should be a Hollywood dental consultant. I would have caught that! I did catch that. The double top secret discount for today is 15% off for the first patient to post a response to this blog (*OPPPMNVWOD)




(One per patient per month, not valid with other discounts)