That said, I am on the record as taking Craig's interview explanations with a grain of salt, since (to my mind) he frequently tries to deflect a bit from the overall complexity of the whole thing.
I hope he wouldn't straight up lie to a direct question about an influence, which seems different than being deferent or evasive about the complexity of the whole thing, and would seem to lack dignity.
If that were the case, I'd feel he should not be so ashamed about the whole thing but take pride.
Glad you found that quote.
I think it's harsh to frame "It's just something I made up" as a lie, in any sense of the word. And it might be a natural answer to a very strict question regarding which actual movie he's talking about. I think it's fair to assume that it doesn't have to be an exact description of one single movie, but something, I don't know, more subtle or nuanced.