New faces in old spaces
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Indiana Jones villain
Previously played by: Ronald Lacey, the SS Officer Toht in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981); Amrish Puri, the Kali death cult priest Mola Ram in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984); and Alison Doody, the double-crossing Nazi archeologist Elsa Schneider in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
More recently played by: Cate Blanchett as Soviet agent Spalko in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull."
A change for the better? Indiana Jones fans love their Nazis (only when theyre getting pummeled by Indy, of course) so could have been tough to move on to communists. Still, Blanchett brought a certain A-list gravitas to the villain role that had been lacking in previous installments, and was one of "Crystal Skull's" bright spots.