Dr. René Emile Belloq (Paul Freeman) is the main antagonist in Raiders of the Lost Ark. He is a French archaeologist who takes credit for Indiana’s findings by following his exploits and then securing the artifacts after Indiana completes efforts to initially retrieve it. In the film’s opening, Belloq and the Hovitos tribesmen force Indiana to hand over a fertility idol he has braved numerous booby traps to obtain.
Belloq aids the Nazis in finding the Ark of the Covenant, as he wants to use the relic to speak with God. The spirits within the Ark kill Belloq and the Nazis when it is opened, allowing Indiana to take the Ark back to the United States government. At one point in the film, Belloq says to Indy that they are very much alike and that he is Indy’s “shadowy reflection”.
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