There’s something about George Lucas. People just can’t say no to him. Three Star Wars prequels, all pretty bad, and no one could tell him “You know what, George? This sucks. Can we go back to the drawing board or re-edit it?”
Not even his BFF Steven Spielberg can tell him no. In an interview with Empire, Spielberg says he was “happy” with Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (that’s what $786 million in grosses does to you) minus the whole MacGuffin alien thing.
I never liked the MacGuffin. George and I had big arguments about the MacGuffin. I didn’t want these things to be either aliens or inter-dimensional beings. But I am loyal to my best friend. 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. I’ll add my own touches, I’ll bring my own cast in, I’ll shoot the way I want to shoot it, but I will always defer to George as the storyteller of the Indy series. I will never fight him on that.
It’s not all George though. The other worst part of Indy 4, when he gets into a fridge to avoid a nuke, was Spielberg’s idea.
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.