When assigning blame for a shitty franchise installment, isn't it so much easier to condemn the dude who introduced Jar Jar Binks and Hayden Christensen to Star Wars than the man who gave us ET? Steven Spielberg thinks so, too.
In a new interview, Spielberg says those stupid aliens in Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull were totally Lucas:
"I sympathize with people who didn't like the MacGuffin because 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 will always defer to George as the storyteller of the Indy series. I will never fight him on that."
What a guy. If proclaiming loyalty to your BFF's stories (while admitting they're kinda terrible) isn't true friendship, I don't know what is.
Spielberg does accept responsibility for one of Crystal Skull's more ridiculous moments, though: Indy's refrigerator bomb shelter. That was his "silly idea," but he claims it with pride. "People stopped saying 'jumped 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," Spielberg says. (So glad, in fact, that a limited edition nuke the fridge action figure was a thing.)
Still, the aliens were so not his call. So if you wanted to forget about the last movie Spielberg directed and go see The Adventures of Tintin or War Horse, he'd be pretty cool with that.