E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial: "Elliott's" audition

This year is the 30th anniversary of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. Above is a clip from Henry Thomas's audition for the roll of Elliott. In a recent Esquire interview, Thomas recalled his audition for Steven Spielberg:

NewImageI read a scene from some early version of the script, and then I was asked to do an improvisation. I think the gist of the improv was, "You found someone, and they're going to take them away from you, and it's your friend, and you really don't want your friend to go away." So I started crying, and really going for it I guess.


7 Responses to “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial: "Elliott's" audition”

  1. Boundegar says:

    He could turn on the tears at will and he was only 7.  No wonder child actors are so messed up.

  2. franko says:

    this should go by the online dictionary’s definition of “Nailed it.”

  3. SlyBevel says:

    Ok kid, you got the job! :)

  4. Lord Whittle says:

    what a great audition! who needs juliard some are just natural!

  5. ocker3 says:

    Can’t watch, too heartbreaking. He really knew his stuff

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