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I was getting a lot of hassles from the public. Everybody recognized me.
– Henry Thomas
If I can generate enough income, I’d like to get a castle, a historic castle that I can restore.
I’ve got a lot of crazy plans.
It’s really important to go back to where you come from.
I don’t know if there aren’t any films like ‘E.T.’ anymore. I just feel that the industry has changed so much. There are so many outlets now.
The one thing I’ve always done is to try not to overcomplicate anything.
Many times you walk into a room and people have already made up their minds. But it’s always good to have something great associated with you.
It’s harder to laugh than to cry.
I think it’s great when girls are artistic.
The idea of a film staying in theaters for a year is something of a fantasy today.
It was like that for the first six months after ‘E.T.’ was in cinemas. I’d go out and get mobbed. I was a shy kid, and being approached by adults all the time just freaked me out.
Even if I had a tuxedo I wouldn’t wear it to school.
Carloads of tourists would photograph the family mailbox, and there was weird mail, death threats.
I grew up in a rural area, I was from kind of a poor family and my parents weren’t showbiz people. But going back was strange, and perhaps stranger for the other students.
I can’t stay in L.A. too long or it starts to grow on me in a bad way.
I understood why films were made, and if they made a lot of money, they were successful. All of these things I knew. As a ten-year-old boy, I didn’t really think a lot about finances or celebrity. I always viewed films as kind of what I imagined a summer camp to be like.
I don’t know if I was so much of an outsider until after I started doing films. That put me on the outside. I grew up in Texas, and I wasn’t the child of industry parents, and I didn’t have a lot of friends in the industry or anything like that.
Of course there have been times I regretted being the kid in ‘E.T.’ My world went completely crazy. I was that stupid kind of famous, where you can’t go anywhere.
I probably complicate things unnecessarily now just to give the illusion of professionalism.
I have horses, I drive a truck, and I wear cowboy boots. First I’m a Texan.
I would inevitably get the girls who were interested in me because I was the guy from E.T. It was kind of tough. I can’t deny ever capitalizing upon it but on the whole in my teens I was pretty virtuous.