‘E.T.’ turns 30: Get a behind-the-scenes look at a young Drew Barrymore
Drew Barrymore, left, and Dee Wallace in 'E.T.' (Photo: Universal Pictures)
The 1982 film "E.T.", now a classic, is one of the biggest box office successes of all time. And much of that is thanks to Barrymore's unforgettable performance.
When it came to crying on cue, she easily conjured the tears, remembers costar Dee Wallace, who recently spoke with Yahoo! Movies about playing Gertie's mother. During the sequence toward the end of the film when E.T. dies, "we pick [Drew] up and walk in, she takes one look at E.T. and totally loses it," Wallace recalls.
A newly-unearthed documentary about the making of "E.T." that appears in a 30th anniversary edition Blu-ray/DVD that comes out today reveals more: Barrymore continues crying after director Steven Spielberg yells "cut." The famed director then consoles her after the scene in a never-before-seen candid moment.
Watch Dee Wallace talk to Yahoo! Movies about filming 'E.T.':
Before that scene, Wallace, who says she was very protective of Barrymore during filming, did her best to prepare the child actress for the big emotions to come: "I went to get her and I said, 'Okay Drew, we're going to do the scene where E.T.'s dying. Now, E.T.'s just acting, right, like we are..." Wallace recalls, adding Barrymore's adorably indignant reaction to her scene prep: "[Drew replied,] 'I know Dee, do you think I'm stupid.'"
[Related: Henry Thomas on 'E.T.' 30 years later]
(Photo: Universal Pictures)
Spielberg is Barrymore's real-life godfather, a designation that reportedly came after the making of the 1982 film. It's hard to imagine, but the role of Gertie could have gone to Juliette Lewis, who is reported to have auditioned for the part, and then was told by her father, who is also an actor, to turn it down.