Karen Allen has provided her interpretation of a scene in “Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark” that she feels has been considerably misinterpreted.
Over the years, some followers of the franchise have arched their brows at her character Marion Ravenwood’s introductory scene within the 1981 journey movie, which they consider pegs Indiana Jones (performed by Harrison Ford) as a pedophile.
In the scene, Indy turns up at Marion’s bar in Nepal. It’s the primary time the characters have seen one another in a decade. After Marion greets Indy by slugging him throughout the face, an imprecise and sinister dialog ensues between the 2 that alludes to a heated previous.
“I’ve learned to hate you in the last 10 years,” Marion tells Indiana after socking him. When Indiana says he by no means meant to harm Marion, she responds, “I was a child! I was in love! It was wrong, and you knew it.”
Indiana then counters with: “You knew what you were doing.”
Later, Indiana learns that Marion’s father — and Indy’s mentor Abner — has died. Upon the information Indiana tries to console Marion, however, she snaps: “Do you know what you did to me? To my life?”
In an interview with Allen revealed Tuesday in Uproxx to mark the 4K Blu-ray launch of “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” Allen provided her view of the scene.
“I don’t think of him as a pedophile,” Allen informed Uproxx. “That’s the direction some of these people are going.”
Although Allen says that in her thoughts, Marion was 16 and Indiana was 26 once they first met, she factors out that their dialogue in “Raider of the Lost Ark” was “left very mysterious” and that “we don’t know what the circumstances are.”
“I mean, they could have kissed a few times, and she was just completely bowled over, and he could have just not wanted to get involved with someone so young,” Allen informed the website. “And maybe my [character’s] father would have been furious at him.”
Allen added: “So she obviously cared deeply for him. He may have cared for her, too. But, in the end, decided it was a dangerous situation and he didn’t want to be involved.”
Allen mentioned that though the dialog was imprecise, she all the time tended to view it as “quite innocent.”
“When [Marion] says, ‘It was wrong, and you knew it.’ I mean, I think maybe he led her on in some way. But when she says she was a child, I think she meant she was 16. Something like that.”
In 2015, Polygon reported on an unsubstantiated transcript of the 1978 story conferences between the movie’s creators. In the transcript, George Lucas suggests a backstory through which Marion was as younger as 11 or 12 when she engaged in a relationship with a grownup Indiana. (Steven Spielberg then shoots down the concept of Marion having been that younger.)
And positive, the age of consent within the United States is ages 16 to 18, relying on the state, and “Raiders of the Lost Ark” came about in 1936. But, we’re sorry, a 26-year-old being romantically concerned with a 16-year-old continues to be eyebrow-raising by 2021 requirements.
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