Tom still toasts Mag­num

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TOM SEL­LECK main­tains a deep af­fec­tion for Mag­num P.I, even though the TV se­ries cost him the chance to play In­di­ana Jones in the smash hit Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Sel­leck had filmed the Mag­num pilot when the In­di­ana Jones role was of­fered, but pro­duc­ers of the TV pro­ject wouldn’t free him to make the movie.

‘‘Steven (Spiel­berg, In­di­ana Jones di­rec­tor) and Ge­orge (Lu­cas, pro­ducer) let me read the script,’’ Sel­leck said in a re­cent US in­ter­view.

‘‘Un­til then, I was pretty philo­sophic be­cause I thought Mag­num was prob­a­bly go­ing to sell and I told them that . . . they made me the of­fer. I went, ‘Oh, my God!’ be­cause it was all there. It was on pa­per.

‘‘They held out the of­fer for about a month. Har­ri­son (Ford) gets sick of this be­cause he’s in­deli­ble. He’s In­di­ana Jones.

‘‘It’s just an in­ter­est­ing story and I’m proud that I didn’t drive my car into a wall. I lived up to my (Mag­num) con­tract and things didn’t work out so badly.’’

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