According to Empire’s oral history about the making of “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom,” newly minted Academy Award winner Ke Huy Quan, who was 12 years old when he played Indy’s sidekick Short Round, said Ford’s excruciatingly painful injury didn’t dampen the star’s sense of fun. “It was a very, very happy time,” said Quan. “We all stayed in the same hotel in Sri Lanka and we’d go back to Harrison’s hotel room and hang out. He even taught me to swim.”
When it came time to shoot the mine car chase, Ford decided to play a sticky-sweet joke on Steven Spielberg. Per Quan:
“There’s one shot where the mine car pops up into frame. Right before we did it, Harrison got ice-cream cones and gave some to me and Kate. When Steve said, ‘Action,’ we all popped up with ice-cream smeared all over our faces. Steven just said, ‘That’s great, print that one!'”
I’m not sure what flavor Ford picked out, but it had to taste better than eyeball soup or chilled monkey brains.