Henry Thomas Auditions For "E.T."

Submitted by: littlemissqt 3 months ago in Entertainment


ET has been on HBO a lot over the last few weeks and every time I find it while I'm channel surfing, I always click on the channel it's on, and watch the remainder of the movie. It still holds up, and Henry Thomas is such a stand out actor. I'm not sure if he's ever matched the intensity or the lead role as Elliot (although he got close in a few movies like Scorsese's Gangs of New York), but it's a shame he hasn't done more. 

Anyway, here's the audition that secured his role in E.T. -- the kid has talent.
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Male 16,967
These days instead of NASA, it's ICE taking the aliens. Watch that whole video again, substituting NASA for ICE.
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Male 21,403
Damn, that’s acting. If ET was a dramatic role instead of fantasy/sci-fi or whatever it was categorized as, he’d have been up for an Academy Award.
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Male 7,046
I applied for a part in ET but they said I was too tall to. Play Elliott 
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Male 42,981
He's crying 'cause Squrlz left
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Male 4,848
Gerry1of1 We all are...we all are...
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Female 5,557
kalron27 ditto

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Male 4,848
E.T. is a very special film.  It holds up so well today and is a story that is timeless.
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Male 779
Jesus. That was pure emotion from a child. I write a lot, and I do so by voicing the characters out loud. I cry all the time making their voices sound right, interspersed by things like, "Fuck. that's a typo. Fix that." Emotions on and off like a switch.

But I'm 42 years old. He was a child. That's god damned amazing.
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Male 16,967
profworm at a similar age, my boy could do that. I told him to show his mother his sad face... he slowly broke down into a sobbing wreck... So much so that I rushed round the table to pick him up and console him. I was half way round when he looked up with bright eyes and went "I can also do Scottish accents"
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Male 4,022
imagine how much more amazing et couldve been if it were a horror movie like a cross between poltergeist and close encounters. and at the end, et abducts and eats elliot like georgie in it. pennywise is the true hero of that story. stupid kids and their coming of age stories. it is just trying to feed, it is just doing what it can to survive. and if scaring the shit out of the kids before it feasts on their souls or whatever makes them taste better, well who doesnt like ketchup on their fries?
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