The rabbits, George. Can’t you see ‘em? We’ll live off the fat of the land. Now close your eyes before the angry mob gets here.
You know how we always joke about George Lucas eating cats and sleeping in a racecar bed and keeping little boys on a chain leash like Princess Leia while he gobbles fanboys’ money? Turns out it’s not far from the truth. There’s a downloadable transcript of a conversation between Lucas, Spielberg, and Lawrence Kasdan going around in which Lucas makes the case, during pre-production on Raiders of the Lost Ark, for the Indiana Jones character having been Marion Ravenwood’s, er, let’s say “statutory mentor.” Via Cinematical:
GL: I was thinking that this old guy could have been his mentor. He could have known this little girl when she was just a kid. Had an affair with her when she was eleven.
LK: And he was forty-two.
GL: He hasn’t seen her in twelve years. Now she’s twenty-two. It’s a real strange relationship.
SS: She had better be older than twenty-two.
GL: He’s thirty-five, and he knew her ten years ago when he was twenty-five and she was only twelve. It would be amusing to make her slightly young at the time.
SS: And promiscuous. She came onto him.
GL: Fifteen is right on the edge. I know it’s an outrageous idea, but it is interesting. Once she’s sixteen or seventeen it’s not interesting anymore. But if she was fifteen and he was twenty-five and they actually had an affair the last time they met. And she was madly in love with him and he …
Spielberg then slammed his fist down on the desk, “George! You can’t have sex with an 11-year-old girl.”
“But her hai-er wuzs sho soft!” yelled George, knocking over his sippy cup.