Fun Facts: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

January 14, 2018 | K LaChance

On March 4,Director Steven Spielberg’s heartwarming masterpiece, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, will close out the 12th Annual Festival of the Arts BOCA.

Experience all the mystery and fun of this film with John Williams’ Academy Award-winning score performed live by a full symphony orchestra. It's going to be a magical night but before we get there, learn some interesting facts about E.T.


  • Steven Spielberg shot most of the film from the eye-level of a child to further connect with Elliot and E.T. With the exception of Elliot's mom, no adults' faces are shown until the last half of the film.

  • E.T.'s face was modeled after poet Carl Sandburg, Albert Einstein and a pug dog.

  • According to the film's novelization, E.T. is over ten million years old. Steven Spielberg also stated in an interview that E.T. was a plant-like creature, and neither male or female.

  • Steven Spielberg worked simultaneously on both this film and Poltergeist (1982) in 1982 (which was directed by Tobe Hooper but produced by Spielberg), and both were made to complement each other. "E.T." represented suburban dreams, and "Poltergeist" represented suburban nightmares.

  • At the auditions, Henry Thomas thought about the day his dog died to express sadness. Director Steven Spielberg cried, and hired him on the spot.

  • Don't miss out on a very special evening with E.T. and The Symphonia, Boca Raton & Constantine Kitsopoulos, conductor. Reserve your seats to experience watching a film with live orchestra. Sunday, March 4 at 6:00pm, Mizner Park Amphitheater ~

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