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E.T. Trivia

  • ET's face was modeled after poet Carl Sandburg and Albert Einstein.
  • At the auditions, Thomas, Henry thought about the day his dog died to express sadness. Director Steven Spielberg cried, and hired him on the spot.
  • Harrison Ford played the school principal, but his only scene was cut as Spielberg considered his presence would be too distracting. Ford's wife Melissa Mathison wrote the screenplay.
  • In the Halloween scene, a child dressed as Yoda from The Empire Strikes Back (1980) walks by and catches E.T.'s eye. A snatch of composer John Williams' Yoda theme is heard.
  • Reese's outbid M&M's for product placement. There is a rumour that M&M's were used initially, but the company asked for them to be removed, suspecting that the film would flop.
  • The extraterrestrial's plant collection includes a triffid (from The Day of the Triffids (1962)).
  • ET's voice was performed by Pat Walsh, with help from Debra Winger.
  • ET's communicator actually worked, and was constructed by Henry Feinberg, an expert in science and technology interpretation for the public.
  • Steven SpielbergTrademark: Elliot's father deserts the family to go to Mexico with Sally.

 

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