It’s difficult to think that a filmmaker as revered as Steven Spielberg would be swayed by people dissing any of his movies; after all, for every Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, there’s always going to be E.T. But three years later, the director is still getting flack for resurrecting the franchise — not to mention the grizzled Harrison Ford – and casting upstart Shia LaBeouf.
In what seems to be both defense and justification, Spielberg points out that he’s never interfered with the storytelling of his “best friend” George Lucas: “When he writes a story he believes in — even if I don’t believe in it — I’m going to shoot the movie the way George envisaged it.”
But while Spielberg could just leave things be with a more eloquent version of “I’m Steven Spielberg, bitch,” he’s actually really optimistic about the criticism. There’s one moment that Indy fans and really all geeks have lauded as ridiculous and basically the 21st-century version of jumping the shark:
“What people really jumped at was Indy climbing into a refrigerator and getting blown into the sky by an atom-bomb blast. Blame me. Don’t blame George. That was my silly idea. People stopped saying ‘jump the shark.’ They now say, ‘nuked the fridge.’ I’m proud of that. I’m glad I was able to bring that into popular culture.”
Good for him! He has a point: Even if it’s a scene to be laughed at, it’s obviously been branded into the collective consciousness. It even got its own action figure!