Karen Allen speaks out ‘that’ line in Indiana Jones

By MediaMonkey

June 9, 2021
Indiana Jones is a stone cold classic, but to modern audiences there’s a line in it which hasn’t aged well. When Indiana is talking to his teacher’s daughter, and old flame, after meeting for the first time in ages, Marion says “I’ve learned to hate you in the last 10 years,” and then continues “I was a child! I was in love! It was wrong and you knew it… Do you know what you did to me? To my life?” Which looks rather sus these days.
 
The actress behind Marion, Karen Allen, has talked to Uproxx about how she interprets it all. 
 
“I guess you could say [it’s sinister]. I think I say I was 16. I don’t know. That’s always what I imagined is she was 16, he was 26. And he was her father’s student.”
 
“And it’s left very mysterious. We don’t even know what it is. I mean, they could have kissed a few times, and she was just completely bowled over, and he could have just not wanted to get involved with someone so young. And maybe my father would have been furious at him.”
 
“I mean, what’s great about it is we don’t know what the circumstances are. So she obviously cared deeply for him. He may have cared for her, too. But, in the end, decided it was a dangerous situation and he didn’t want to be involved.”
 
“I mean, I guess, when something is as vague as that, you can colour it any way you want to colour it. I’ve tended to colour it, sort of, that it was quite innocent. When she 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. Something like that.”
 
“I don’t think of him as a paedophile,” Allen finished. “That’s the direction some of these people are going.”
 
 

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