A real-life Indiana Jones has filed a lawsuit against the Walt Disney Co., Lucasfilm, and Paramount Pictures for using the crystal skull in the film, “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.” The archaeologist says the film used a replica of the skull in the film and collected “illegal profits.”
Dr. Jaime Awe, a real-life Indiana Jones and director of the Institute of Archeology of Belize, is suing on behalf of the country of Belize, according to THR. Awe is demanding the return of the crystal skull, which he says was stolen by the treasure-hunting family Mitchell-Hedges 88 years ago and used as a money-maker, as well as damages from “illegal profits” accrued by Disney, Lucasfilm, and Paramount for allegedly using a replica “likeness” in the 2008 Steven Spielberg film.
Stupid lawsuit, obviously. The movie didn’t even show the ‘real’ M-H skull, just mentioned it at one point. Plus, you know, the one they actually used was a lame-o plastic thing full of Saran Wrap. . . . .