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River insisted that he be allowed to do most of the stunts in this movie himself. "I did a lot of the stunts because I felt so much of the character and what he had to do was physical," he said. "It would have been lying to have someone else do the stunts. I had the opportunity. It's exciting to see how a dramatic and dangerous situation unfolds - it's fun to witness it in a movie theatre and it's fun to make."
Because of the success of this movie's opening sequence, the studio executives commissioned a TV spin-off series, The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles. With a big budget and high production standards, this television show would further explore the adventures of the younger version of Indiana Jones. Not surprisingly, River was the studio's first choice for the role. Although pleased with the offer, River would ultimately turn down the role because he did not want to return to a television environment preferring instead to concentrate all his efforts on his growing film career.
Cast as Roscoe, one of the "bad-guys", this movie would mark the third time that actor Bradley Gregg starred alongside River. They first worked together in 1985 in Explorers. For their second joint project Gregg would be cast as Eyeball Chambers, elder brother to River's character, Chris, in Rob Reiner's coming of age drama, Stand By Me.
River remained good friends with Bradley Gregg for the rest of his life. In fact, he was due to attend the birthday party of Gregg's young son on October 30, 1993. River would cancel at the last minute, deciding instead that he would go to the Viper Room that night.
Bradley Gregg would take a three-year break from acting following the death of his friend.