Posted by: ckckred | October 29, 2011

Spielberg doesn’t mind Criticism of Fourth Indiana Jones Film

When it comes down to my favorite film directors, Steven Spielberg is my number one.  I could name many runners-up, like Alfred Hitchcock, Martin Scorsese, David Fincher, or Clint Eastwood.  But the thing I love about Spielberg’s films is that they are so creative and original.  He’s just about worked on almost every genre.

So when the Fourth Indiana Jones film came out and disappointed audiences, I felt the blame rested on George Lucas, not Spielberg.  After all, George Lucas was the one who tried to revamp the Star Wars series, which resulted with Jar Jar Binks.

However, Spielberg says differently.  When asked about the infamous scene where Indy hides in a fridge from a nuclear bomb, he says “Blame me. Don’t blame George. That was my silly idea. People stopped saying ‘jump the shark’. They now say, ‘nuked the fridge’. I’m proud of that. I’m glad I was able to bring that into popular culture.”

However, Spielberg was against putting aliens at the end of the film.  I remember reading a making of Indiana Jones book saying that Spielberg thought the aliens would be too weird.  “I sympathize 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.”

There’s no definite word for a fifth film, but Spielberg says Lucas is working on a fifth.  Hopefully it will be alien free.


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