Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

E.T.'S Reunion

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

E.T.'S Reunion

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E.T. is one of the most successful films of all time. It made the young Drew Barrymore a star, gave the world a catchphrase ("E.T. phone home") and featured one of the ugliest - albeit endearing - leading characters ever to grace a cinema screen. Twenty years on the film is being re-released in a new digitalised version, and to mark the occasion director Steven Spielberg gathered together the original team. What happened to them over the intervening decades is a fascinating story in itself. Valentine Low reports

Robert MacNaughton

30. Played Elliot's elder brother Michael

Despite his early taste of stardom, MacNaughton never made it in Hollywood.

After doing a few small films and some TV work, he moved to Phoenix, Arizona, where he is now a postal worker. For all that he shows little sign of resentment: appearing in E.T., he said, was just fortunate. "I always felt like I had been dropped in there, like a lottery winner," he said in a recent interview. "I never saw myself as a star at all. I always saw myself as an actor who was lucky."

Dee Wallace

52. Played Elliot's mother

Dee Wallace has been a hardworking actress for the past quarter of a century, although her most famous moment will always be as Elliot's newly divorced mother Mary. In the wake of 11 September she has had to re-dub one of her lines, telling her son not to go out dressed as a "hippie", replacing "terrorist" in the original film.

Kathleen Kennedy


Her association with Spielberg goes back to 1979, when she worked on his great flop 1941.

Now she is a major Hollywood player and the woman behind films such as AI, The Sixth Sense, Twister and The Bridges Of Madison County.

Peter Coyote

59. Played Keys, the scientist

One of those actors who is a familiar name - he even has his own official fan club - but whose career consists in the main part of somewhat forgettable films (A Murder On Shadow Mountain, anyone? …

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