This morning, Cinematical gave us some telling tidbits from that downloadabl Indiana Jones transcript we linked to a few days back. Apparently there was a pretty glaring section dealing with the original intent of Marion and Indy’s relationship that isn’t quite the squeaky clean serial fun that we remember Raiders of the Lost Ark having. Start running a hot shower because when you finish reading this, you’ll want to stand under it fully clothed.
Here’s a segment from the transcribed conversation:
George Lucas: I was thinking that this old guy could have been his mentor. He could have known this little girl when she was just a kid. Had an affair with her when she was eleven.
Lawrence Kasdan: And he was forty-two.
GL: He hasn’t seen her in twelve years. Now she’s twenty-two. It’s a real strange relationship.
Steven Spielberg: She had better be older than twenty-two.
GL: He’s thirty-five, and he knew her ten years ago when he was twenty-five and she was only twelve. It would be amusing to make her slightly young at the time.
SS: And promiscuous. She came onto him.
GL: Fifteen is right on the edge. I know it’s an outrageous idea, but it is interesting. Once she’s sixteen or seventeen it’s not interesting anymore. But if she was fifteen and he was twenty-five and they actually had an affair the last time they met…
I like how these guys negotiate. One of them tests the waters, and one of them bites… then another guy lays a guilt trip on the other two and they backpedal. And then the guy laying the guilt trip starts getting into it. It makes you wonder how this might have played out for Empire Strikes Back…