Indiana Jones Was Almost A Sex Offender

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Indiana Jones Was Almost A Sex Offender

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Forget the Star Wars prequels. George Lucas' original concept for the relationship between Indiana Jones and love interest Marion Ravenwood, which involved an 11-year-old Marion having an affair with the 25-year-old Indy, might be the worst idea the man has ever had.

In the Indiana Jones films, the beginning of the love story of Indy and his main flame Marion goes something like this: Indy's the protege of Marion's father, who's a top-tier archaeologist. Naturally, as usually happens when people go on archaeological digs together, Indy, who was in his mid-20s, and Marion, who was in her teens, end up falling in love. The relationship ends when Jones decides to be a jerk and runs off to do his own thing.

That already sounds pretty sketchy, but it seems relatively benign compared to George Lucas' original idea for the relationship. According to the recently released transcript for Raiders of the Lost Ark that documents Lucas, Steven Spielberg and Lawrence Kasdan's brainstorming sessions for the film, Lucas originally wanted Marion to be even younger.

"[Jones] could have known this little girl when she was just a kid," the transcript has him saying. "Had an affair with her when she was eleven."

Shortly afterward, Lucas wants to make her twelve. "He's thirty-five, and he knew her ten years ago when he was twenty-five and she was only twelve," he said. Then, as justification for the age gap, he says that "it would be amusing to make her slightly young at the time."

Amusing? More like illegal, buddy. Anyway, as the transcript goes on, Lucas reveals a fixation on the age gap, even as he seems to become aware that he sounds completely insane and starts suggesting Marion be older. "Fifteen is right on the edge," he said. "I know it's an outrageous idea, but it is interesting. Once she's sixteen or seventeen it's not interesting anymore."

As Cinematical points out, this, along with the Padme/Anakin relationship from the Star Wars prequels, suggests that Lucas really has some kind of fascination with romances with age-gaps. Don't forget the relationship between Luke and Leia, either. That was pretty off, too. George Lucas, a sexual deviant? Never would've guessed it.

[Via Cinematical]

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It's almost as if he wants to be hated nowadays, isn't it?

[obscure reference]That's like Mike sleeping with Marsha....
"Cock locked and ready to rock!"[/reference]

That is very strange, though. Then again, it is George Lucas. When you think about it, a lot of Star Wars is quite....weird.

Sooooo he's a pedo, no big surprise. Lucas not Indy.

...Interesting...I don't have a problem with romances that have a large age gap as long as they're consensual, but that's a little...
Uh...
Yeah...

Wow, just wow. I am at a loss for words. . .well okay maybe not. That I have to say strikes me as creepy.

Whaaat? Fifteen I could understand, still ew, but eleven? What the fuck was he thinkin'? Ugh, we all have odd thoughts and stupid ideas, but that doesn't mean we need to tell people about them.

Anyway, Han Solo, a pedo...uuggh...

Well it does give Marion a reason to want to sock him in the mouth when he shows up again. Not because he broke her young heart, mind you. But because he would've been a statutory rapist.

George? What the hell? Does this get you hot? Honestly!

Maybe he's just a huge troll and has just been messing with us all these years...

what was lucas smoking???

Almost sounds like he needs an outlet to express his own desire... like an angry artist drawing violent pictures.

Which particular parts? Jabba's 'love' slaves but no female Hutts? C3P0 being camper than a row of tents? The kindly old man that wants to show the young boy something out in the desert and then ends up fighting his father? Han and Chewie? Lando and Han? The Trash Monster? Padme turning into Leia? That midichlorians are passed along the family line?

Lucas is CLEARLY that way inclined.

I would've totally watched that

Y'know, Lucas must've been pretty comfortable with Spielberg and Kasdan to suggest that kind of thing. Either that, or he was under the impression that he was actually being subtle. Either way, Lucas' reputation is going to take a bit of a blow, it seems.

Not that he was in such a good position anyway, but still.

This was back in the day, mind you - the age of long hair, tight jeans, cocaine.

Keane Ng:
Maybe he's just a huge troll and has just been messing with us all these years...

now that would cause a ruckus, to be sure!

that is insane

Indiana jones and the restraining order of doom would be the sequel then?

I don't know if he's a pedo, but after the prequels and the other movie with Harrison Ford (I will not call that **** 4), he certainly is a damned butcher.

"Ani, you'll always be that little boy I met on Tatooine." --Padme, Episode II

I thought that line was creepy before...

So Lucas likes to film pedo and incest...hmmm...Guess Jar Jar Binks is the result of him never managed to make mid 20 year old Indy with 11 year old Marion and Luke with Leia relation on the big silver screen.

It was the same in Tuck Everlasting. Horrible book and movie.

I don't see the problem. Suggesting that Indy had an affair with an 11-year old doesn't say anything about Lucas. Instead, it says something of the character they wanted to create in Indy. Indiana Jones was always flawed. This could have been an element of a darker, even more flawed Indy. It was discarded in the end.

Everyone is just jumping on the Lucas-hate-bandwagon.

This actually makes me respect Lucas a little bit. Has anyone heard of the novel Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov? I would like to see that side of Indiana Jones.

Longshot:
I don't see the problem. Suggesting that Indy had an affair with an 11-year old doesn't say anything about Lucas. Instead, it says something of the character they wanted to create in Indy. Indiana Jones was always flawed. This could have been an element of a darker, even more flawed Indy. It was discarded in the end.

Everyone is just jumping on the Lucas-hate-bandwagon.

I agree with most of that.... how much more interesting would Indy have been had they done this? Sure, it's taboo, but conflict is the essence of drama, so they say...

Is he saying this so that we will hate him more?

zoozilla:
[obscure reference]That's like Mike sleeping with Marsha....
"Cock locked and ready to rock!"[/reference]

That is very strange, though. Then again, it is George Lucas. When you think about it, a lot of Star Wars is quite....weird.

Im gonna guess Spaced, cause of your avatar and the fact that Mike and Marsha are both characters in it.

Also, Lucas also struck me as a bit mental, this actually didnt suprise me as much as it should.

I loved this bit from George

The one thing we're going to do is make a very good period piece, that is realistic and believable.

This is Raiders remember.

It's not as if George Lucas doesn't have bad ideas, I mean we've all seen his works across the past decade.

zoozilla:
[obscure reference]That's like Mike sleeping with Marsha....
"Cock locked and ready to rock!"[/reference]

That is very strange, though. Then again, it is George Lucas. When you think about it, a lot of Star Wars is quite....weird.

That reference isn't that obscure if you're british. It's also dobly fitting because in the 2nd series of Spaced had the "the Phantom Menace?" thing.

Keane Ng:
This was back in the day, mind you - the age of long hair, tight jeans, cocaine.

Pretty sure pedophilia was frowned upon then too.

Indigo_Dingo:

Keane Ng:
This was back in the day, mind you - the age of long hair, tight jeans, cocaine.

Pretty sure pedophilia was frowned upon then too.

That's not what my American History teacher told me...damn public school education.

*facepalm* I don't even know what to say, how could he of that this was a good concept?

Keane Ng:

Indigo_Dingo:

Keane Ng:
This was back in the day, mind you - the age of long hair, tight jeans, cocaine.

Pretty sure pedophilia was frowned upon then too.

That's not what my American History teacher told me...damn public school education.

So now we're lumping the 1980's in with Ancient Greece?

That's nothing. The original prequel plot had a Padme/Jar-Jar thing going on that would knock your socks off.

That's fucked up...

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