Despite $786 million in worldwide grosses, you'd be hard pressed to find many supporters of 'Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.' The fourth Indy adventure was derided by critics and audiences alike for being a pale imitation of the previous films, and included a third-act set piece involving aliens that felt like a huge mistake. Which it kinda was. At least according to director Steven Spielberg.
Speaking to Empire Magazine, Spielberg stressed that he was "happy" with 'The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,' but not with the third-act alien MacGuffin.
"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."
Of course, it wasn't just the aliens that upset fans; there was that whole section of 'Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,' where Indy hides in a closed refrigerator to escape nuclear explosion. That misstep was all Spielberg.
"What people really jumped at was Indy climbing into a refrigerator and getting blown into the sky by an atom-bomb blast. 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."Spielberg says Lucas is still working on the story for 'Indiana Jones 5.' Hopefully aliens and fridges are not included.
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