Karen Allen offered her interpretation of a scene in “Indiana Jones and Raiders of the Lost Ark” which she said has been interpreted somewhat wrongly.
Over the years, some fans of the franchise raised their eyebrows at the introductory scene of her character Marion Ravenwood in the 1981 adventure film, which they say considers Indiana Jones (played by Harrison Ford) to be a pedophile.
In the scene, Indy arrives at Marion’s bar in Nepal. This is the first time the characters have seen each other in a decade. After Marion greets Indy by slapping him in the face, a vague and sinister conversation ensues between the two that hints at a stormy past.
“I’ve learned to hate you over the past 10 years,” Marion said in Indiana after fucking him. When Indiana says he never wanted to hurt Marion, she replies, “I was a child! I was in love! It was wrong, and you knew it.
Indiana then retaliates with: “You knew what you were doing. “
Indiana later learns that Marion’s father – and Indy Abner’s mentor – has passed away. At the news, Indiana tries to console Marion, but she slams: “Do you know what you did to me? For my life?”
In an interview with Allen published Tuesday in Uproxx To mark the 4K Blu-ray release of “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” Allen offered his view of the stage.
“I don’t consider him a pedophile,” Allen told Uproxx. “That’s the direction some of these people are going.”
Although Allen says that in her mind, Marion was 16 and Indiana was 26 when they first met, she points out that their discussion in “Raider of the Lost Ark” had “remained very mysterious” and as the circumstances are.
“I mean, they could have kissed a couple of times, and she was completely upset, and he might not have wanted to get involved with someone that young,” Allen told the website. “And maybe my [character’s] father would have been furious with him.
Allen added: “So she obviously cared deeply for him. Maybe he took care of her too. But, in the end, he decided it was a dangerous situation and he didn’t want to be involved.
Allen said that although the conversation was vague, she still tended to see it as “fairly innocent.”
“When [Marion] said, ‘It was wrong, and you knew it.’ I mean, I think he maybe trained her somehow. But when she said she was a kid, I think she meant she was 16. Something like that.
In 2015, JeuxServer reported on an unsubstantiated transcript of the 1978 story meetings between the film’s creators. In the transcript, George Lucas suggests a story in which Marion was only 11 or 12 years old when she entered into a relationship with an adult from Indiana. (Steven Spielberg then dismisses the idea that Marion was so young.)
And of course, the age of consent in the United States is 16 to 18, depending on the state, and Raiders of the Lost Ark “took place in 1936. But, we’re sorry, a being from A 26-year-old romantic relationship with a 16-year-old still raises eyebrows by 2021 standards.
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