Steven Spielberg Regrets Altering E.T.


How does Steven Spielberg feel about the tweaks that his friend and frequent collaborator George Lucas continually makes to the Star Wars movies, often to their detriment? "That's a little hot topic, isn't it?" Spielberg said to laughter at a 30th anniversary screening of Raiders of the Lost Ark in Los Angeles this week. "Speaking for myself, you know, I tried this once and I lived to regret it. Not because of fan outrage, but simply because I was disappointed in myself. I was overly sensitive to some of the criticism E.T. got from parent groups when it was first released in '82 having to do with Elliott saying 'Penis Breath' or the guns ... and then there were certain brilliant but rough-around-the-edges close ups of E.T. that I always felt, if technology ever evolves to the point where I can do some facial enhancement for E.T. I'd like to." And so Spielberg did, but after releasing the new version theatrically, "I realized that what I had done was I had robbed the people who loved E.T. of their memories of E.T. And I regretted that." Be good, Steve. [All Things Fangirl]