Henry Thomas' Audition Reel for "E.T. The Extraterrestrial" Will Blow You Away
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Henry Thomas' Audition Reel for E.T. The Extraterrestrial Will Blow You Away

By Dustin Rowles | Videos | October 12, 2012 | Comments ()


Holy crap, this is amazing. The E.T. Blu Ray release is set for this month, and the audition tape for Henry Thomas will be included as an extra. He must have been nine or ten years old, at the oldest, when he audition, but he displays a hell of a lot of talent. I can't imagine, after seeing this reel, that there was ever any question about who should play Eliot. The kid just plain rocks it.


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  • Strand

    Shame all it all turned out.

  • Terry

    This kid should have played young Anakin Skywalker!

  • mslewis

    So, why isn't Henry Thomas a big, giant STAR?

  • Rooks

    Imagine being his mom. How do you educate a boy who cries like that? How do you tell him "no, love, it's past nine already and you have to go to bed" when he starts quivering his little chin that way?
    And people ask me why I don't want to have kids. I simply don't want my heart broken and melted down into a litte red puddle like that!

  • Cody McKee

    Sweet merciful crap... I'm assuming that was Spielberg telling him he got the job, and I wouldn't be one bit surprised if it went down that quickly!

  • Miss Laaw-yuhr

    Begs the question: why don't we have more Henry Thomas these days?

  • Archie Leach

    Penis breath!

  • Carrie/Teabelly

    Someone give him a hug!!!

  • KatSings

    That is some truly spectacular, natural crying. One of those things that a lot of actors fail miserably at in a finished product, let alone in an audition. He KILLED it.

  • NASA man: The government tells me what to do and I just follow their orders.

    Eliot: That defense didn't work at Nuremberg either, you fascist!

  • TheOtherGreg

    Holy chin quivver!

  • JenVegas

    Is that Ron Howard playing the heavy in this scene?

  • pajiba

    That's what I was thinking, too. Sounded just like him.

  • JoannaRobinson

    That's what *I* came here to say, JV. That makes this, like, the saddest episode of Arrested Development.

  • JenVegas

    Can we get Henry Thomas as a guest on this season of AD?

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