¡¡¡¡A lot has been made in recent years about a scene in which Karen Allen¡¯s Marion Ravenwood and Harrison Ford¡¯s Indiana Jones discuss their past in an early scene in Raiders of the Lost Ark. Indiana Jones is looking for a medallion that was in the possession of his former mentor, Abner Ravenwood. Looking for Abner he runs into Marion, and they have a past, which caused a rift between Indy and Abner. Marion tells Indy, ¡°I was a child. I was in love.¡± Indy responds, ¡°You knew what you were doing.¡± That¡¯s pretty much the extent of it, but it¡¯s vague enough that, well, some sinister undertones could be gathered from that exchange. And, yes, Karen Allen has noticed the interpretations of that scene and, as the actor who plays Marion, she has her own interpretation.
¡¡¡¡The first four Indiana Jones movies have a brand new 4K Blu-ray set and this month marks the 40th anniversary of Raiders of the Lost Ark. And it was an absolute delight to listen to Allen recall her memories of making Raiders: From her screen-test with her old Animal House buddy Tim Matheson, to the time she accidentally punched Harrison Ford in the face. Also, Allen said she was told from the beginning she wouldn¡¯t be in the next two movies, but she did take note that fans of the series did seem to miss her (of all Indy¡¯s partners in adventure, he and Marion did seem to make the best team).
¡¡¡¡When you auditioned for Marion with Tim Matheson, what was that like? I¡¯ve always wondered because you two did Animal House together.
¡¡¡¡You know, I felt very comfortable with him because we were pals in the making of Animal House. That was such a, sort of, congenial set. I mean, we just all got along so well. And I¡¯m still friends with most of those characters. And if remember, we had a really wonderful time doing it. I auditioned with John Shea as well at the same time, who was a New York actor, who I think we flew out on the same plane together to do the screen test. But no, I had a blast. I don¡¯t remember anything that specific about what our screen test was like ¨C Tim and I ¨C but I think we just had a good time with it. And you¡¯re always a little nervous. I haven¡¯t done that many screen tests in my life. Not many people still do them, even at that time. I mean, it was rare for people to do a screen test, so we were, I¡¯m sure, both reasonably nervous about the whole thing. George Lucas was there.
¡¡¡¡And probably not realizing at the time, oh, people are going to be able to watch this 40 years later on the internet, a screen test. That is horrifying.
¡¡¡¡I mean, can you see Tim Matheson and me?
¡¡¡¡On the internet you can put it on?
¡¡¡¡Yeah, it¡¯s on YouTube.
¡¡¡¡Oh, interesting. Oh, I¡¯ll have to pull that up and see it.
¡¡¡¡There¡¯s also one with Tom Selleck and Sean Young.
¡¡¡¡I think I¡¯ve seen that one. But I never had seen one of mine, I don¡¯t think.
¡¡¡¡The first time we meet Marion is that scene where she¡¯s drinking shots. In your mind, was Marion playing to the crowd that she almost passed out? Because after she wins she doesn¡¯t seem very drunk.