Tom Selleck revealed one secret about his career that will blow your mind

Tom Selleck is an iconic star of both TV and movies.

Selleck’s been a household name since the 1980s.

And now Tom Selleck revealed one secret about his career that will blow your mind.

Selleck reveals he hated the name of Magnum P.I. show 

In his new memoir “You Never Know,” Selleck reveals that he never liked the name of the show – Magnum P.I. – that put him on the map.

Selleck wrote that he knew Magnum P.I.  “was a s**** title” because he knew, from his brief time in Hawaii, that “P.I.” was a “less than flattering abbreviation for Philippine Islander.”

The character in the show was also named Harry at first.

That got changed as there were worries naming a cop Harry would come off as a rip off of Clint Eastwood’s Dirty Harry, which was a hit movie nine years earlier when Eastwood cemented Inspector Harry Callahan as one of the film’s most celebrated characters with his “go ahead, make my day” line.

When Magnum P.I. went into syndication in 1986, it used the original proposed title of Magnum so fans wouldn’t confuse new episodes and the repeats.

Magnum P.I.’s effect on Selleck’s career

While Magnum P.I. turned Selleck into a big time TV star, it also cost him one of the most famed roles in Hollywood.

Coming off the success of Star Wars, George Lucas teamed with director Steven Spielberg for Raiders of the Lost Ark.

The two initially cast Selleck in the title role.

Lucas told Empire Magazine in 2012 that he initially didn’t cast Harrison Ford in the role because he was wary the actor would get typecast as solely identified with Lucas’ movies.

“I was wary of Harrison and I becoming like Scorsese and De Niro. I thought, ‘Let’s create a new icon,'” Lucas stated.

But Selleck had to pull out of the movie when CBS refused to let Selleck shoot Raiders at the same time as Magnum P.I.

“There’s one [role] everyone seems to know got away,” Selleck said in an interview with talk show host Rachael Ray. 

“Steven Spielberg even put my screen test [up] on the anniversary of ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark,'” Selleck added.

Selleck’s casting as Indiana Jones became a part of Hollywood lore that’s been overtaken with misinformation and rumors.

Selleck told Ray a narrative took hold about him leaving Raiders of the Lost Ark that wasn’t based in reality.

“The thing I hate is, with Wikipedia and all that stuff, there’s all sorts of things that aren’t true,” Selleck added.

“I didn’t turn it down, I earned the part. I did a screen test, and Steven Spielberg and George Lucas said you got the part. And I said, ‘Well, I’ve done this pilot, and I don’t know whether it’s a conflict.’ They say, ‘We’re not worried about that.’ And then it was ‘Magnum [P.I.],'” Selleck stated.

What really happened 

Lucas said in a later interview that Selleck filmed the pilot for Magnum P.I. and that no network picked up the show.

“The show had sat there and nobody wanted it,” Lucas stated.

Lucas said CBS only picked up the pilot at the last minute when they realized Selleck was a big time talent after finding out that Spielberg and Lucas planned to cast him as Indiana Jones. 

“We were desperate to get going. We called CBS and asked if he could be let out of his option agreement – it literally had about 10 days to go,” Lucas continued.

“We really were about to shoot,” Lucas concluded. “It was right at the last minute – and we lost our star.”

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