9 y.o. Henry Thomas’ amazing winning audition for the movie ET (video)

I’d never seen this video before.  It’s Henry Thomas, all of 9 years old, auditioning for the role of Elliott in the movie E.T. the Extraterrestrial.

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Dear God, the kid is beyond amazing.  How can a 9 year old – how can anyone – turn on tears like that?


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  • dcinsider

    You and Boehner.

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    I was one of those kids. Actually, I never lost the ability to cry on cue.

  • Krusher

    At 9, I remember my son turning the tears on–with seeming perfect and absolute sincerity–when he really thought he was entitled to something he wasn’t getting, or if he had to do something he really didn’t want to do. Or, to be just to him, if somebody he loved was hurt. I’m not sure why. Maybe because at that age, some of them, at least, are still very in touch with their own feelings. I know that by the time he was 11 he’d brought into the whole cultural boys don’t cry thing, although I never taught it to him.

  • Indigo

    Very good and I enjoyed how he dropped the character and smiled as soon as the director said “Okay, kid, you got a job.” An actor! A good one in fact. My favorite line: “The government is bigger than you are, Eliot.” You bet it is!

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    I didn’t realize they could still do it at 9. I do remember younger nieces and nephews crying on a dime, and knowing that they were faking it

  • Krusher

    Anybody who’s ever been parent to a nine-year-old can attest that turning on the tears is no problem for them.

  • Monoceros Forth

    How can a 9 year old – how can anyone – turn on tears like that?

    I imagine he never failed to get what he wanted for his birthday!

  • pappyvet

    Wow ! Quite the audition. Very talented.

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