Actress Karen Allen won the hearts of many movie-goers as she portrayed Marion Ravenwood in Raiders of the Lost Ark. With her dazzling smile and tough demeanor, Marion was quite the catch for Indiana Jones. While Indy had many love interest throughout the film’s franchise, Marion is considered his true love.
Seventeen years after her first appearance, Allen reprised her role as Marion for the 2008 film Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. When it came to the final installment in the franchise, Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny; Allen returned, but her role wasn’t what she expected it to be.
Karen Allen expected Marion Ravenwood to be a bigger part of final Indiana Jones film
The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull ended on a happy note for Indy and Marion. After Marion reveals Indy is the father of her son Mutt Williams (portrayed by Shia LaBeouf), the couple reunites and marries.
However, Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny showed that things took a drastic turn for the couple. Their son Mutt died in Vietnam, and the couple’s grief caused them to separate. Although it looked like an unhappy ending for the couple, Indy later returns from his latest adventure and reunites with his wife.
Allen ends up have a bit cameo in the final installment, but initially it was supposed to be a bigger role. When Steven Spielberg was set to direct the film, he planned to have more involved in the story. However, when James Mangold took over as director, he changed the script and reduced Marion’s role.
In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Allen expressed her disappointment at Marion’s lack of involvement in Dial of Destiny.
"“The next thing I knew, I was reading a script that told Dial of Destiny‘s story, and of course, I was disappointed. I had thought that I would be majorly a part of the film, and that was just not the direction they decided to go. I think they had some problems to solve with the story in terms of Shia LaBeouf not coming back, and they chose to create this story that Mutt had been killed in the war and that it put a wedge between Marion and Indy. I mean you could have knocked me over with a feather when I read it. But I was really happy that they came back together in the end.”"
Like Allen, some fans were upset with the way Indy and Marion’s story played out. However, the actress understood the story of the grief of losing Mutt.
"“Some people can grieve together, but it also drives some people apart, so it’s not an unfamiliar story. I was just glad that they wanted to give these two characters a chance to come back together again.”"
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