Steven Spielberg Says He Nuked The Fridge In 'Indiana Jones'

10/23/2013 02:20 pm ET

It looks like the truth behind the now infamous "nuke the fridge" scene in "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" may never be known. At a recent screening of "Indiana Jones: Raiders Of The Lost Ark" in Hollywood, director Steven Spielberg took responsibility for its creation. Again.

The scene, which appears toward the beginning of the fourth "Indy" adventure, features Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) hiding in a refrigerator to take shelter from an atomic bomb. The moment was a focal point of backlash for the film, and at the screening on Tuesday night, Spielberg attempted to set the record straight. Via FirstShowing.net:

"I know in Indy 4, you didn’t buy the refrigerator and the atomic bomb… I know! I know! But we tried! We tried! I was pushing the envelope! By the way, I take FULL responsibility for that –- that was COMPLETELY my idea! Even Harrison said to me: ‘Nobody is going to buy this!’"

In an interview with the New York Times in January of 2012, however, producer George Lucas said he was to blame for nuking the fridge.

When I told Lucas that Spielberg had accepted the blame for nuking the fridge, he looked stunned. “It’s not true,” he said. “He’s trying to protect me.”

In fact, it was Spielberg who “didn’t believe” the scene. In response to Spielberg’s fears, Lucas put together a whole nuking-the-fridge dossier. It was about six inches thick, he indicated with his hands. Lucas said that if the refrigerator were lead-lined, and if Indy didn’t break his neck when the fridge crashed to earth, and if he were able to get the door open, he could, in fact, survive. “The odds of surviving that refrigerator — from a lot of scientists — are about 50-50,” Lucas said.

For more, head to FirstShowing.net. Check out the actual fridge-nuking scene below.

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