A recent interview had Steven Spielberg defending the heavily criticized conclusion to Crystal Skull not by justifying the actual movie script, but by indirectly shifting the blame to partner in crime George Lucas. Spielberg further washed his hands by claiming that he himself disliked the conclusion.
Spielberg has recently clarified the comments in a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, just in time to save him from the Emperor’s Hand hiding in the bushes of his sprawling garden estate.
“I’m really proud of the movie, loved bringing Marion back. I love the fact that Indy now has a son. It’s a family action film, and I love that whole conceit. It’s public that George and I and Harrison all had a clash about genre and concept. But I’ve always told George’s stories.”
Note that Spielberg still didn’t retract the notion that the Aliens were all Lucas’ fault.
“My biggest contribution was adding the father to the third movie, that was my idea, to cast Sean Connery as Harrison’s father. I am best friends with George and I’m very obedient to the stories that he writes. I’ll fight things I don’t believe in but ultimately if George wants to bring inter-dimensional beings into Crystal Skull, I will do the best job I possibly can to acquit George’s idea and make him proud.”
As another reminder that if the upcoming Indy 5 licks a staggering amount of balls, it’s still going to be Lucas’ fault:
“It’s up to George, we have already agreed on the genre of the fifth movie, we already have a concept in mind. I don’t know where George is with the story. There is no Indy 5 until George says there is.”