Looking at the man in the photo above, we have to admit that Dr. Jones was not the only one who influenced Hopper. The Hawkins Police patch and his instantly recognizable Hawkins Police car are almost 1:1 lifts from “Jaws”. Roy Scheider’s head of department, Brody was the direct inspiration for Hopper’s look, but Duffers emphasized they keep going back to Harrison Ford directing Harrison and you may know.
Hopper was a man’s man, for one man, and the Duffers weren’t afraid to put him through the overlock machine. The great thing about Indiana Jones is that he can throw a punch, but he’s not immortal. In particular, if you go back and watch those first three movies, Spielberg will put poor Harrison Ford on a spin. Indy gets beaten up a lot but perseveres, just like Jim Hopper.
Speaking of throwing punches, that’s another nod from Dr. Jones. Duffers specifically said the reason why Hopper punches so many people is because Indiana Jones punches a lot of people. It’s a small thing, but an important one for their star, who really complained about not throwing enough fists in season 2.
“David was upset because in season 2 he couldn’t punch anyone. And so in season 3 Hopper punched a lot of people. David was really good at capturing the essence of Harrison Ford. Not many actors right now. can do that, of course, besides Harrison Ford, who is the only Indiana Jones.”
And they are right. There aren’t many actors who can scratch Harrison Ford’s itch, but Harbor has done it well. Pleasant, cool, a little goofy, but deadly serious when he has to be… all the ingredients are there, which might help explain why Hopper is so popular with fans such a favorite.
https://www.slashfilm.com/1019643/david-harbour-channeled-harrison-ford-essence-for-his-role-in-stranger-things/ David Harbor Channeled ‘Harrison Ford Essence’ For His Role In Stranger Things