Can’t Have E.T. Without the Heat: Spielberg Restores Film Firearms

Never fear, nostalgic movie-watchers! Steven Spielberg is rolling up his sleeves and taking you to the gun show.  Thirty years ago today, E.T. the Extraterrestrial was released in theaters and quickly became one of the most loved family films ever. The famed director digitally removed the F.B.I. agents’ guns from the film in 2002, replacing them with walkie-talkies, because everyone knows you run from any official-looking person boasting a walkie-talkie.

While he made the switch to please parents’ groups, he learned you can’t please all the people all the time, and hardcore fans are the ones who shell out the bucks. Spielberg has been quoted as “regretting” the decision to change scenes in the movie, but we should honestly just be glad that buddy George Lucas didn’t talk him into including Jar-Jar Binks in the altered version. E.T. will be restored in time for a 30th Anniversary Celebration on Blu-Ray in October.


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