September 15th, 2011
06:06 PM ET
George Lucas may keep tweaking “Star Wars,” but another big director regrets messing with his masterpiece. Steven Spielberg said at a recent event that he wishes he hadn’t altered “E.T.” when he re-released the movie in 2002, reports New York Magazine.
"Speaking for myself, you know, I tried this once and I lived to regret it,” Spielberg said when asked about Lucas’ upcoming “Star Wars” DVD release at an anniversary screening of “Raiders of the Lost Ark.”
He explained his regret was “Not because of fan outrage, but simply because I was disappointed in myself.” (For more in-depth discussion, check out Geek Out's coverage.)
Spielberg says he caved to parents’ groups about movie details “like Eliot saying ‘Penis Breath’ or the guns.” He also mentioned doing “some facial enhancement for E.T.”
After he released an altered version of “E.T.” theatrically, Spielberg says, "I realized that what I had done was I had robbed the people who loved ‘E.T.’ of their memories of ‘E.T.’ And I regretted that."
The director says the upcoming Blu-ray release will feature the original, untouched version of "E.T."
As for Lucas? “He can do whatever he wants with his movies because those are his movies.”
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