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10.18.2012
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Alright, ya heartless bastards. Lets see if you can watch this video and not get teary.

The Blu-ray edition of E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial hit stores recently and one of the bonus features is this video. Henry Thomas, whom we all know as Elliott, was only 10 when he starred in the Steven Spielberg classic. But, he gives one of the best performances put to film. When you watch the movie, you never feel that he is acting. For skill like that to exist in a child is phenomenal.

In this screen test you can hear Spielberg giving Thomas his motivation for the scene. Thomas likely knew the basics of the story but he is going on just instinct for this audition. What he is able to emote is very powerful and moving.

Thomas has acted steadily over the years but never hit the level I expected based on E.T.: THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL. Here is hoping this performance will continue to live on for generations to come.

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Extra Tidbit: Anyone else up for a sequel featuring an adult Elliott receiving a return visit by E.T.?
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2:08AM on 10/19/2012

Extra Tidbit

Great clip. But as for the extra tidbit, check out this trailer... :) [link]
Pretty cool that Henry Thomas is in it... and Drew.
Great clip. But as for the extra tidbit, check out this trailer... :) [link]
Pretty cool that Henry Thomas is in it... and Drew.
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11:43PM on 10/18/2012
WOW! It's a pity he hasn't been in anything big since, it looks like there was so much potential.
WOW! It's a pity he hasn't been in anything big since, it looks like there was so much potential.
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10:37PM on 10/18/2012
If they ever try and reboot this film then I know that Hell has truly frozen over.
If they ever try and reboot this film then I know that Hell has truly frozen over.
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9:32PM on 10/18/2012
I remember seeing this on the 20th anniversary DVD...probably the only time an audition tape made me so emotional. Henry Thomas' performance was a huge part of E.T.'s success, kid had to act opposite a puppet and sell a personal connection with it to the audience - which he did, big time. Mad props, and I'm sure he's glad he was part of this classic.
I remember seeing this on the 20th anniversary DVD...probably the only time an audition tape made me so emotional. Henry Thomas' performance was a huge part of E.T.'s success, kid had to act opposite a puppet and sell a personal connection with it to the audience - which he did, big time. Mad props, and I'm sure he's glad he was part of this classic.
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5:28PM on 10/18/2012
"Ok Kid you got the job" Fantastic.
As for the Extra Tidbit, God no.
"Ok Kid you got the job" Fantastic.
As for the Extra Tidbit, God no.
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4:42PM on 10/18/2012

Awwww (plus a random rant) LOL

That was adorable and the tears :) man ET was a blast. I remember loving it as a kid then one day I was over my cousins house and watched it and got really scared of it LOLL. I remember he was sleeping and I was watching it and then I went to sleep and then we snuck down and watched the first ep of are you affraid of the dark :) damn good times. what ever happen to those days, now we got assholes killing people for know reason, people blowing shit up, kids using bathsalts thinking there
That was adorable and the tears :) man ET was a blast. I remember loving it as a kid then one day I was over my cousins house and watched it and got really scared of it LOLL. I remember he was sleeping and I was watching it and then I went to sleep and then we snuck down and watched the first ep of are you affraid of the dark :) damn good times. what ever happen to those days, now we got assholes killing people for know reason, people blowing shit up, kids using bathsalts thinking there zombies, bullying to the extreme, what happen to the world that used to be so beautiful, hope people fine their paths because at this rate its 100% extinction.
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