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George Lucas Admits To Indy Fridge Scene


It would probably be best for all concerned if no one ever mentioned the last Indiana Jones film – Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull if you, like us had tried to erase all memory of it – and everyone pretended 1989’s The Last Crusade was a glorious way to bow out.

Unfortunately, George Lucas, Indy’s co-creator with Steven Spielberg, has decided to speak about it again. And more to the point, that fridge scene, as seen below. Yes, the one where the 58-year-old archaeologist (played by a 66-year-old actor) survives a nuclear explosion by hiding in a lead-line fridge.

Mocked – along with most of the film admittedly – upon its release in 2008, most suspected that Lucas was behind the scene. Spielberg then said it was his brainwave. However, the man behind Jar Jar Binks has finally ‘fessed up. It was his idea.

“It’s not true,” he told a New York Times journalist when it was claimed the idea was Spielberg’s. “He’s trying to protect me.” Apparently, Spielberg didn't believe in the scene and Lucas had to create an entire dossier on why it was a good idea.

He claimed that if the fridge was lead-lined, if Indy didn't break his neck and he was able to open the door, he would survive. “The odds of surviving that refrigerator — from a lot of scientists — are about 50-50,” Lucas said.

And that noise you can hear is Steven Spielberg letting off the loudest sigh outside of Soho.

(Images: Rex Features, All Star)



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