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  • Tom Selleck 'haunted' by missed chance to play Indiana Jones

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    Tom Selleck as Indiana Jones?

    It almost happened.

    The handsome mustachioed star was offered the iconic role back in 1981, but was forced to turn it down due to a recently signed contract with Universal Studios.

    “We ended up doing a screen test with Tom Selleck and Sean Young and it was really, really good,” George Lucas said in an interview. “They’re both terrific actors and it turned out really well.”

    Instead, the 6’3” actor went on to play detective Thomas Magnum on the ‘80s hit, “Magnum P.I.”

    Ironically, Selleck would have had time plenty of time to film “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” due to a six-month writer’s strike.

    The Daily Mail reports that Selleck, 66, is “haunted” by the lost opportunity to play role of the swashbuckling archeologist made famous by Harrison Ford.

    Still, Selleck did OK for himself.

    After “Magnum P.I.,” he went on to star in “Three Men and a Baby” and “Her Alibi.” He also had roles on “Friends” and “Las Vegas” and currently stars in “Blue Bloods.”

    But one thing you’ll never see Selleck doing is hoofing on “Dancing with the Stars.”

    “I’m an actor,” Selleck testily snapped at a reporter who dared to asked.

    Presumably no reporter would ask Harrison Ford that same question.

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