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Karen Allen remembers string of actors before Harrison Ford

29 October 2010 3:43 PM, PDT | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

Actress Karen Allen says if things had gone differently, one of her "National Lampoon's Animal House" cronies also might have been her Indiana Jones.

The actress who played Marion Ravenwood tested with several well-known talents before the makers of the 1981 adventure-movie classic "Raiders of the Lost Ark" decided on Harrison Ford. Among them: Tim Matheson, legendary to "Animal House" fans as charmingly snarky pledge master Eric "Otter" Stratton.

"Tim and I had maybe two lines between us in one scene in 'Animal House,'" Allen tells Zap2it, "so even though we were part of the same film, we had really never worked together. All those guys were so much fun to be around, though, we had developed a friendship."

In fact, Allen reports many friendships made on "Animal House" have endured well beyond its 1978 release. "I did another film with Peter Riegert, called 'White Irish Drinkers,' »


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Elizabeth Banks joins the long list of Oscar-nerd eye-candy

12 February 2010 11:00 AM, PST | - PopWatch | See recent - PopWatch news »

Remember that scene in Animal House, when Faber freshmen Larry (Tom Hulce) and Kent (Stephen Furst) visit the snooty Omega house and are swiftly guided towards a somber room reserved for social lepers. Well, that's sort of the way the Academy Awards treats its Scientific & Technical Awards, which receive its own ceremony on Feb. 20, two weeks before the pretty-people main event at the Kodak Theatre. Each year, the Academy even has its own Mandy Pepperidge, a pretty hostess to add a hint of glamour to the evening. This year, it will be Elizabeth Banks (W), who will present the more-obscure »

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