Steven Spielberg participated in a masterclass, and said he was very sorry for having “assembled the weapons” in his famous film ET The 1982 cut of the film includes a scene of officers chasing small children with guns. Spielberg removed the guns for the film’s 20th anniversary release and I replaced them with… walkie talkies.
“It was a mistake”, Spielberg said in an article published by Variety. “I should never have done that. ET it is a product of its era, it was made many years ago. No film should be reviewed based on current opinion, either willingly or by being forced to look through today’s prism.
And he continued: “‘ET It’s a touchy movie, and the fact that federal agents approach the kids with their guns exposed… I thought I’d trade the guns for walkie talkies. But the years have passed and I changed my point of view From”.
“I should never have messed up my work files, and I do not advise anyone to do such a thing. All of our movies are kind of a sign of where we were when we made them, what the world was like and what the world was becoming when we set out to make those movies. So I’m really sorry that the film is like this now.”
Spielberg’s regret for censor ET prompted the moderator of the master class to mention recent cases of book censorship by Roald Dal and other authors, obviously “offensive language”, forcing certain reprints with “language considered more inclusive”, by today’s standards.
“No one should try to take Willy Wonka’s chocolate away!“, Spielberg joked before doing something more serious: “To me Roald is sacrosanct. He is our history, he is our cultural heritage. No, I honestly don’t believe in censorship like that.”
ETthe film, which took place between September and December 1981, in California, had a budget of $10.5 million and became a box office hit. It surpassed the takings stars Wars (1977) and only one other Spielberg-directed film stole that podium: Jurassic Park (1993).
In a survey by the American Film Institute, ET it is ranked 24th as one of the greatest films of all time. The phrase “ET phone home” It also appears in 15th place in a list of famous movie phrases. If he had continued to change things in the film, Steven would have said: “ET iPhone at home”?
ET premiered in Houston, Texas where it received good ratings from viewers. The film premiered at the closing gala of the Cannes International Film Festival in May 1982 and was released commercially in the United States on June 11, 1982.
Spielberg recently directed The Fabelmans, nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director. The next film for the director could be a remake of the 1968 action thriller with Steve McQueen bullittnow protagonist Bradley Cooper.
Charles Hurd is an entertainment journalist for News Rebeat. He brings a fresh and engaging voice to the world of pop culture, covering the latest developments in film, television, music, and more.