Special Guest – Paul Freeman
In 2019, we are pleased to welcome Paul Freeman for the second time as a special guest at the Adventurer’s Summit.
Back in 2017, he joined our event, signed autographs, chatted with us and was available for photoshoots.
Vita Paul Freeman
Date of birth: 18-Jan-1943
Place of birth: Barnet, Hertfordshire, England
Wife: Maggie Scott
Theatre Ensemble: Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre, Royal Court
Co-founder of Joint Stock Theatre Company (1974)
Film debut: The Long Good Friday (1980)
International breakthrough: Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
“They said, “Here’s the script, go away, read it and see what you think.” I read it and loved it. It was the monkey with the date that really got me.“
“Both Steven (Steven Spielberg) and George Lucas told me at the time they wanted me back for a sequel, then said they needed new characters.
I could see their point – if the hero stays the same, you don’t want the same villain, too.”
René Emile Belloq (or simply known as René Belloq) is the main antagonist of Lucasfilm’s 1981 feature movie, Raiders oft he Lost Ark, which is the first part of the Indiana Jones saga.
Belloq is a French archaeologist who takes credit for Indiana’s findings. Like Jones, Belloq traveled all over the globe in search of ancient relics, with Belloq selling them to make a profit instead of giving them to museums, as Indy did. In several cases, he let Indy do the dirty work to steal the prize for himself. For example, with the help of the Hovito tribe, he forced Indy to hand him the fertility statue, for which Indy had to overcome many perilous traps.
Belloq helped the Nazis find the Ark of the Covenant. He believed that the ark could be used to get in contact with God. However, the spirits of the Ark of the Covenant killed the Nazis and cruelly annihilated Belloq and his allies, leaving Indiana the ark in order to hand it over to the government of the United States.
Recent movies/TV series with Paul Freeman
- Viking Destiny
- Sony Series “Absentia“ with Stana Katic
- Adrain Noble’s “Ross“
at the Chichester Theatre with Joseph Fiennes
- TV Series “Tokyo Trial“
- Third season of Starz’ series “Da Vinci’s Demons“
- Mini series “A Very English Scandal” with Hugh Grant
Paul Freeman is an active supporter and chairman of the UK Friends of Healing Focus.
The organization strives to improve the education and well-being of orphans in the village of Busiiro, Uganda, and to reduce disease and poverty. The patron of the foundation is actress Dame Helen Mirren.