Karen Allen has offered her interpretation of a scene in “Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark,” which she feels has been misinterpreted somewhat.
Over the years, some fans of the franchise have curved their eyebrows at her character Marion Ravenwood’s introductory scene in the 1981 adventure film, which they believe links Indiana Jones (played by Harrison Ford) as a pedophile.
On stage, Indy shows up at Marion̵
“I’ve been learning to hate you for the last 10 years,” says Marion Indiana after soaking him. When Indiana says he never meant to hurt Marion, she replies, “I was a kid! I was in love! It was wrong and you knew it. ”
Indiana then counts with: “You knew what you were doing.”
Indiana later learns that Marion’s father – and Indy’s mentor Abner – is dead. After the news, Indiana tries to comfort Marion, but she snaps, “Do you know what you did to me? To 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 on stage.
“I do not think of him as a pedophile,” Allen told Uproxx. “That’s the direction some of these people are going.”
Although Allen says that in her opinion Marion was 16 and Indiana was 26 when they first met, she pointed out that their discussion in “Raider of the Lost Ark” was “left very mysterious” and that “we do not know , what the circumstances are. ”
“I mean, they could have kissed a couple of times and she was just thrown over and he just could not have wanted to get involved with anyone so young,” Allen told the website. “And maybe mine [character’s] father would have been furious at him. ”
Allen added: “So she obviously cared deeply for him. He may have taken care of her too. But eventually it decided it was a dangerous situation and he would not be involved. ”
Allen said that although the conversation was vague, she always tended to see it as “quite innocent.”
“When [Marion] says, ‘It was wrong and you knew it.’ I mean, I think maybe he led her on somehow. 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 history meetings between the film’s creators. In the transcript, George Lucas suggests a background story where Marion was as young as 11 or 12 years old when she was in a relationship with an adult Indiana. (Steven Spielberg then shoots down the idea that Marion has been so young.)
And certainly, the age of majority in the United States is between the ages of 16 and 18, depending on the state, and “Raiders of the Lost Ark” took place in 1936. But we’re sorry, a 26-year-old creature romantically involved with a 16-year-old is still raising eyebrows by 2021 standards.
Calling all HuffPost super fans!
Sign up for membership to become a founder and help shape HuffPost’s next chapter