The Indiana Jones actor even filmed a scene for Spielberg’s sci-fi fantasy film, but it didn’t make it to the final cut.
Despite the fact that Steven Spielberg and Harrison Ford have had a long and productive professional relationship, we don’t usually associate the Indiana Jones star with the classic of Science fiction ET the alien.
However the actor filmed a cameo for the movie Steven Spielberg released in 1982, although his scene ended up being cut from the final footage in the editing room.
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While Spielberg was filming ET the Extra-Terrestrial, Harrison Ford was dating Melissa Mathisonscreenwriter of the movie. The actor would marry her in 1983 and they would divorce her in 2004.
As Ford frequently visited the filming set, the idea of making a scene that was a direct nod to him did not take long to materialize. However, if the sequence had made the cut, we would not have seen the actor himself either.
Harrison Ford’s deleted scene in ET the Extra-Terrestrial
Harrison Ford filmed with Henry Thomas a scene after the frog incident, the one in which ElliottHe drunkenly frees the frogs from science class, then kisses one of the girls.
The Indiana Jones actor brought the director to life during a scene in which he condescendingly berated the boy for his actions, while he levitated behind him as a result of the link with ET.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly from several years ago, Steven Spielberg clarified that although the scene did not end in the final cut of the film, we would not have seen Harrison Ford’s face, although we would have seen his body.
ET the Extra-Terrestrial is narrated through the eyes of a young boy, Elliott, so only his mother, Mary (Dee Wallace)’s face is shown during the film, except for the final act, which excluded Harrison’s appearance. Ford as such.
The director’s decision not to drag out the plot of the frog incident deprived us of a Harrison Ford cameo that would have been memorable, even if he hadn’t shown his face. It is one of many anecdotes that Steven Spielberg leaves us and his fantastic film ET the extraterrestrial.