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Henry Thomas, Child Star of 'E.T.,' Reflects on Classic Film

October 10, 2012

There was a lot of pressure resting on Henry Thomas's tiny shoulders when he was cast in "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial," since the potential success of the tear-jerking fantasy classic was in part pinned on the pre-teen's ability to form a believable bond with the titular alien.

But Thomas, who was 10 when the influential film was released, was fortunate — he was too young to realize how much the film's prospects might have hinged on his emotional performance.

"I felt the pressure just as a day to day thing — it was a lot of work — but I didn't delve past it, didn't start to build it up in my mind or anything," Thomas, now 41, said in a recent telephone interview.

"I didn't stress out over it. Because I was 10 (and) I was worried about other things. Read More