Indiana Jones Is A Child Molester?
It’s weekend where movie info is not so much on the fast lane and it’s slowing down for a short while. But that’s okay, because there’s always something to talk about.. As you know, I hated Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and you can read my review to recap how disappointed I was by the the fourth installment.
But I am a big fan of Indiana Jones, the old trilogy. I watched Raiders of the Lost Ark the other day, on VHS (yes, I still have them in that format) and it’s still as entertaining as the first time I watched it when I was a kid. Marion (played by Karen Allen) has that infectious smile that just melts your heart and gets your guard down. And that was the movie that Americans finally found their answer to James Bond, the archaeologist hero in the man with the big hat, played with such charisma by none other than the legendary Harrison Ford.
But Cinematical read from the recent Raiders of the Lost transcript (which you can download OVER THERE) about a conversation between producers Lawrence Kasdan, George Lucas and director Steven Spielberg when they were brainstorming for the character Indiana Jones, this was back in the 70s while in the process of developing Raiders of the Lost Ark and how they almost made him a sex offender, which would kinda, sorta explains the past love affair between Indy and Marion.
Here’s an excerpt…
George Lucas: I was thinking that this old guy could have been the mentor. He could have known this little girl when she was just a kid. Had an affair with her when she was eleven.
Lawrence Kasdan: And he was forty-two.
George Lucas: He hasn’t seen her in twelve years. Now she’s twenty-two. It’s a real strange relationship.
Steven Spielberg: She had better be older than twenty-two.
George Lucas: He’s thirty-five, and he knew her ten years ago when he was twenty-five and she was only twelve. It would be amusing to make her slightly young at the time.
Steven Spielberg: And promiscuous. She came onto him.
George Lucas: Fifteen is right on the edge. I know it’s an outrageous idea, but it is interesting. Once she’s sixteen or seventeen it’s not interesting anymore. But if she was fifteen and he was twenty-five and they actually had an affair the last time they met. And she was madly in love with him and he …
I wish I could tell you it’s just April fool’s stuff but it’s not April and it’s not meant to fool anybody.
I guess the movie did kinda imply or suggest that Indy and Marion met when she was just a child.. or younger, whichever, but it’s kinda creepy to think that three dudes were sitting and discussing and deciding this to be the untold background of these two characters.
We may never know for sure but a relationship between a 15 year old Marion and a 25 year old Indiana Jones sounds is a bit too much, don’t you think?!
Unless.. it goes along with the time period of the story, supposedly back in the 1930s and 40s some folks must’ve done it and got away with it unlike some of the teachers that get arrested for statutory these days.
I wonder why George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, and Lawrence Kasdan felt the need to go with this direction?
Does this bit of information change the way you look at Indiana Jones?
What do you think?
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