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?
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.
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?
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.