When she acted in the famous movie E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial at the age of 7, Drew Barrymore claimed she believed her alien co-star to be genuine. Barrymore, now 47, admits in a sneak peek of Monday’s edition of her self-titled talk show series that she would converse with and take care of the animatronic puppet that depicted her extraordinary co-star.
In a talk with her old co-stars Henry Thomas, Robert MacNaughton, and Dee Wallace, she declared, “Now I felt E.T. was real.” “I had a deep, abiding affection for him. She addressed the group, remembering, “Is it true that… what would happen? Because I would go and carry lunch to him.”
Drew Barrymore plays Gertie, a little child who is initially afraid of the alien before coming to love him, in the 1982 movie. In the film, Thomas, 51, portrayed Elliot Barrymore, Barrymore’s brother.
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The kids secretly relocate E.T. into the family’s suburban California house throughout the movie. Still, things take a turn for the adventurous when the government learns of their plan and tries to remove the alien.
When Thomas spoke with Barrymore and his co-stars, the then-young actress asked “the wardrobe girl” for a scarf for E.T.’s neck “because he was going to get cold,” Thomas recalled. Meanwhile, Wallace, 73, who played the family grandmother, recounted yet another incident involving young Barrymore and her coworker.
She recalled, “We discovered you over there just chattering away to E.T., and we let director Steven [Spielberg] know. Therefore, Steven designated two men to keep E.T. alive going forward so that he could respond to you whenever you came over to chat with him.
TODAY at 4pm on #WGNTCW27: Drew celebrates the 40th anniversary of “E.T.” by reuniting with former co-stars Henry Thomas, Dee Wallace and Robert MacNaughton #DrewBarrymooreShowhttps://t.co/tWLOEkgOe9
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The group also discussed the prospect of a sequel, which Thomas acknowledged would be challenging to consider producing without Melissa Mathison, the original screenwriter who passed away in 2015. Wallace concurred and added, “It’s a classic, leave it a classic,” adding, “She was the heart and soul of it.”
Drew Barrymore chimed in and recalled hearing Spielberg, 75, declared he would “never” do an E.T. sequel. “Oh, that’s a bummer because that doesn’t bring us all back together again for another round,” she said to her co-stars. “But I also understood and respected and realized that it was all about preservation of integrity for him.”
Given that her girls are roughly the same age as she was when the movie first came out, the talk show presenter finds the 40th anniversary of E.T. to be of particular significance. Barrymore claimed that Spielberg brought the synchronicity to the actress’ attention, who stated that she still finds it difficult to grasp how synchronistic everything is.
Are you seeing the new #Scream movie this weekend? Today’s #podcast features @DrewBarrymore sharing memories of Wes Craven’s horror masterpiece, as well as “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial,” which celebrates its 40th anniversary. LISTEN: https://t.co/5KhJX3Hd0I pic.twitter.com/aTVjfcDHmu
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So, she explained to PEOPLE in February, “he’s like, ‘We’re not missing this moment with your kids. “I said, “Okay. You are correct. We cannot. You’re correct. This completes the circle and is quite emotional.
My children are nearly the same age as I was when E.T. was released. Frankie has reached that age. She is seven years old and will soon turn eight, and Olive is nine. She will turn ten. They adore Steven here, where I am.”