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Harry Hamlin Reveals Why He Won't Work With Steven Spielberg

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Jan. 2 2020, Published 8:38 p.m. ET

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Harry Hamlin is coming clean about the reason why he has never worked with acclaimed director Steven Spielberg. The actor recently opened up about how his catastrophic audition for Steven's 1981 action film, Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, may have contributed to the two never filming together.

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Harry, 68, recalled his 1978 audition for the beloved adventure film to Page Six. The husband of Lisa Rinna was one of the top choices to play Indiana Jones and was told to come in for a reading with Steven, 73, and Indiana Jones creator George Lucas.  He was set to audition with actress Stephanie Zimbalist, who was trying out for the role of Indiana's lover, Marion.

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The roles of the famed movie archaeologist and his ladylove went to Harrison Ford and Karen Allen respectively.

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Harry revealed, “He said, ‘Harry, Stephanie, I’m so sorry, but George’s plane is going to be late. He’s flying down from San Francisco and it’s going to be at least 45 minutes until he gets here.'” The Schindler's List director then weirdly asked Harry and Stephanie to bake a chocolate cake for the Star Wars filmmaker in the studio’s kitchen while they waited for him.

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“He closed the door and left and we were standing alone in this kitchen,” Harry continued. “I said, ‘Stephanie, have you ever made a chocolate cake?’ And she said, ‘No…'”

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The Mad Men star and the Remington Steele actress spent 40 minutes chatting and cooking. “During that time, because Amy Irving Steven's future wife from 1985-1989 had been a good friend of mine, I was talking about how Amy was calling her friend group in LA and saying that this guy, this director guy was stalking her in New York and how she was kind of getting annoyed because this guy, Steven Spielberg, was showing up at the stage door every night with flowers.”

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He continued, “It never occurred to me … that we were actually in the audition while we were making the cake.”

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Harry said the studio's kitchen was bugged with cameras and microphones while George and Steven were watching them to see if they had chemistry. “I’d been riffing on how annoying Steven Spielberg was to my friend Amy, so hey, guess what? I didn’t get the part, OK, and I’ve never worked with Steven Spielberg," Harry said. "I grant you that I never will work with Steven Spielberg and I never learned how to make a cake.”

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