How a Game of Dungeons & Dragons Helped Cast Elliot in E.T.

The Academy of Motion Arts and Sciences has released a new episode of their fantastic web-series Academy Originals. I've really enjoyed what they've been doing by giving movie buffs a behind the scenes look at the stories behind the films that we love.

This latest episode gives us the story behind how Henry Thomas was cast in the lead role of Elliott in Steven Spielberg's classic film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. It turns out Thomas wasn't Spielberg's first choice to take on the role, and it was all thanks to a game of Dungeons & Dragons that lead to Thomas' legendary audition that won him the part.

The video features a recount of how everything came together as told by casting director Marci Liroff

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