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Old 11-23-2016, 10:19 PM   #1
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It was wrong and you knew it!!!

Carrie Fisher's cashing-in revelation that she (then 19) and Harrison Ford (then 33 and married with 2 kids) had an affair during the filming of Star Wars poses an interesting question: did the Carrison Affair have an impact on the development of Raiders of the Lost Ark?

Think about it: the Indy/Marion backstory is complex for any film, let along a PG action romp from 1981. If Lucas knew about the Carrison Affair, doesn't that shed a whole new light on the Indy/Marion dynamic?

In true Howard Baker fashion, I respectfully ask: what did Lucas know and when did he know it?

And if he did know about the Carrison Affair, isn't this a classic example of the late, great Nora Ephron's classic line: that everything is copy?

Postscript #1:
Yes, I know that Lucas didn't want Ford for Indy -- but I'd submit that Ford's aversion makes even more sense if he had been inspired by the Carrison Affair.

Postscript #2:
I confess to certain laziness here and I'm not researching any of the Raider's 'making of' interviews -- so for all I know Kasden or Spielberg take credit for the Indy/Marion backstory. But who is to say Lucas didn't contribute some elements during their initial brainstorming sessions?

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BTW, I acknowledge that I was not the first to post the news of the affair on this forum. A bit hat tip to Z Dweller over in the New Hope Thread. I respectfully submit to the management here that a second thread is warranted: (1) if for no other reason to have a thread with a cool title, and (2) I, as true Raiders fan, have more than a general disdain for posting anything in a Star Wars Thread. So please be kind.
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Old 11-25-2016, 10:08 AM   #2
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A March-May relationship is one of Lucas's rarely discussed themes, seen in American Graffiti with the teenybopper Carol and John. In Phantom Menace he switched the genders and it didn't work, no thanks to Jake Lloyd. (Had to look up his name, read he's in a psychiatric facility for schizophrenia resisting the dark side.)
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Old 11-29-2016, 05:54 PM   #3
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Good observation on American Graffiti. I'm overdue for a re-watch.

[One day you wake up and realize its been 30 or so years since you've last seen a film.]
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Old 12-02-2016, 07:22 PM   #4
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did the Carrison Affair have an impact on the development of Raiders of the Lost Ark?


Nope, because nobody apart from the two of them knew about it.

Even if other people did know about it (at the time), it really isn't unsual in Hollywood and certainly wouldn't have influenced a movie plot. Happened a million times already before Carrison.
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Old 12-08-2016, 12:03 PM   #5
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Carrison is also similar to Indy's scripted affairs with students, Susan (Raiders), Betsy (Monkey King) and Hillary (Crusade). I have a theory Indy got in trouble and left for Barnett (Fate of Atlantis and Crusade), then had enough clout after the war to return to Marshall.
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