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Steven Spielberg Blames George Lucas for Alien Skulls in Indy 4

Posted on Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011 12:05 PM

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The December issue of Empire Magazine features an interview with Steven Spielberg that discusses his upcoming movie War Horse, but they also had a chance to ask him about sequels in the Jurassic Park and Indiana Jones franchises. In the interview, he tags George Lucas with making the crystal skulls in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull the result of an alien presence:

I'm very happy with the movie. I always have been... I sympathise with people who didn't like the MacGuffin because I never liked the MacGuffin. George and I had big arguments about the MacGuffin. I didn't want these things to be either aliens or inter-dimensional beings. But I am loyal to my best friend. When he writes a story he believes in - even if I don't believe in it - I'm going to shoot the movie the way George envisaged it. I'll add my own touches, I'll bring my own cast in, I'll shoot the way I want to shoot it, but I will always defer to George as the storyteller of the Indy series. I will never fight him on that.

He goes on to take responsibility for having Indy jump in a lead-lined refrigerator to survive a nuclear blast. While many people disliked that scene, it was one of my favorites in the movie...

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Nov 3, 2011 - Dan Zee  

So I guess we can blame Spielberg for casting the annoying Shia LeBeouf as Indy's son and the fact that the movie treated Indy as something as a buffoon.

As for Lucas, he's always said his Star Wars and Indy films were meant for kids. It's just that Star Wars IV and Raiders of the Lost Ark turned out a lot better than he visualized. 

Nov 4, 2011 - BigScreen Reader  

I never understood the appeal of LeBeouf as an actor, and especially when Indy 4 came out, he seemed to be in everything. That gets tiring. Plus, I disliked the Transformers movie, so there was guilt by association as well.

There were a lot of things done right, including bringing back Marion, and it was great to see Harrison Ford back in the fedora again. Unfortunately, they took the humor that worked so well in Last Crusade and took it a step or two too far. 

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