When it comes to protecting the legacy of E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Robert MacNaughton never phones it in.
The actor who played older brother Michael in Steven Spielberg's 1982 phenomenon is acutely aware of the film's place in the Hollywood pantheon. More importantly, he understands how deep the affection for the film runs with millions of fans. Which is why he has been happy to take part in celebrating the picture over the years, from DVD reunion interviews to attending the occasional screening.
Fathom Events is bringing E.T. back to theaters for a special 35th anniversary two-night engagement on Sunday, Sept. 17 and Wednesday, Sept. 20. To mark the occasion, SYFY WIRE caught up with MacNaughton. During our half-hour interview, we found him to be a treasure trove of great E.T. insight and anecdotes.
As you can read below, MacNaughton shared memories of talking with Spielberg on set and hearing about pranks the director used to pull as a movie-crazed teenager. Then there are the jokes MacNaughton and …