has provided her interpretation of a scene in “Indiana Jones
and the Raiders of the Lost Ark” that she believes has been misinterpreted.
of the franchise have raised their eyebrows over her character Marion Ravenwood's introductory scene in the 1981 adventure film, believing it portrays Indiana Jones (played by Harrison Ford
) as a pedophile
In the scene, Indy shows up at Marion's bar in Nepal
for the first time in a decade. Marion greets Indy by slugging him across the face, and the two engage in a vague and sinister conversation that alludes to a tense past.
Marion tells Indiana after socking him, "I've learned to hate you in the last 10 years." When Indiana says he never meant to hurt Marion, Marion responds, "I was a child
! I was in love! It was wrong, and you knew it."
“You knew what you were doing,” Indiana responds.
Later, Indiana learns that Marion's father — and Indy's mentor Abner — has died, and tries to console Marion, but she snaps: "Do you know what you did to me? To my life?"
Allen provided her perspective on the scene in an interview
published Tuesday in Uproxx to coincide with the 4K Blu-ray release of "Raiders of the Lost Ark."
“I don’t think of him as a pedophile,” Allen told Uproxx, “but that’s the path some of these people
Although Allen claims that Marion was 16 and Indiana was 26 when they first met in her mind, she notes that their conversation in “Raiders of the Lost Ark” was “left very mysterious” and that “we don’t know what the circumstances are.”
“I mean, they could have kissed a few times, and she was completely bowled over, and he could have just not wanted to get involved with someone so young,” Allen told the website, adding that “maybe my [character's] father would have been furious at him.”
“So she obviously cared deeply for him. He may have cared for her, too, but in the end, he decided it was a dangerous situation and he didn't want to be involved,” Allen added.
Allen stated that, despite the ambiguity of the conversation, she considered it to be "quite innocent."
“When [Marion] says, ‘It was wrong, and you knew it.’ I mean, I think maybe he led her on in some way, but when she says she was a child, I think she meant she was 16 or something.”
In 2015, Polygon reported on an unsubstantiated transcript of the film's creators' 1978 story meetings, in which George Lucas suggests a backstory in which Marion was as young as 11 or 12 when she had a relationship with an adult Indiana. (Steven Spielberg then dismisses the idea of Marion being that young.)
Sure, the age of consent
in the United States
ranges from 16 to 18, depending on the state, and “Raiders of the Lost Ark” was released in 1936, but a 26-year-old romantically involved with a 16-year-old is still unusual in 2021.