Actor Henry Thomas, who starred in E.T.: The Additional-Terrestrial on the age of 11, talks concerning the troublesome transition from baby star to grownup actor on this unique clip from Showbiz Youngsters. The HBO documentary, which offers a “uncooked look” on the world of kid performing, premieres July 14th on HBO and streams on HBO Max the next day.
After showing within the 1982 movie, a then-teenaged Thomas remembers trying to audition for different roles, solely to be typecasted by his E.T. stardom.
“I bear in mind being at a number of conferences and sitting within the inexperienced room ready, and seeing like a producer stroll out and attempt to casually have a look and return. After which I’d see one other producer come out, have a look, come again,” Thomas says within the clip.
“Then it’d be 5 minutes of silence, after which a receptionist would come and say, ‘I’m sorry, they’re not going to see you immediately. We’ll reschedule it.’ After which I noticed, ‘Oh, they’re not on the lookout for teenage me, they’re on the lookout for E.T. me.”
Along with Thomas, amongst these interviewed within the documentary directed by Alex Winter — himself a baby actor earlier than transitioning to the Invoice & Ted sequence and filmmaking — are Evan Rachel Wooden, Milla Jovovich, Wil Wheaton and Jada Pinkett Smith. The documentary can even concentrate on a pair of at the moment unknown Hollywood hopefuls.
The late Cameron Boyce, who appeared within the Descendants sequence, additionally recorded an interview for Showbiz Youngsters previous to his July 2019 demise on the age of 20. Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy and his son Spencer, below their Tweedy moniker, present the movie’s music.
“It is a story I’ve been wanting to inform for a few years,” Winter stated in an announcement. “Having grown up within the enterprise I’ve by no means seen the experiences of a kid actor, from their early profession by means of to the transition into maturity, informed from the attitude of these concerned. I’m honored that these gifted actors trusted me with their very private tales.”
Try Thomas’ unique interview for the half under:
The place to Stream E.T.: The Additional-Terrestrial