Steven Spielberg’s 1982 classic, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, has long since cemented itself in the pop culture lexicon. The tale of a young boy’s transcendent friendship with the alien who just wanted to “phone home” is nostalgic for many, and still accessible for so many more. It not only moved audiences but also changed the lives of the people who worked on it: E.T. made Henry Thomas a child star and sent Drew Barrymore’s fame into the stratosphere.
Given its lasting significance in pop culture, there remains a strong interest in what happened on the set of E.T. behind the scenes. From a cut Harrison Ford cameo to the use of puppeteers, here are some tidbits about the making of E.T. the Extra Terrestrial you may not know.