Did you know that Steven Spielberg’s first choice to play E.T. was actually Oprah Winfrey?
Winfrey was an up-and-coming star that just got her big break as host of the fledging AM Chicago morning talk show. Spielberg claimed he decided to go with a “little person” in an alien suit because Oprah looked “Too much like an alien…just TOO REALISTIC” and felt that people in 1983 weren’t ready for that type of realism.
However, being a fan of the budding star, Spielberg decided to model the E.T. suit after Oprah’s unique physical features.
NOW YOU KNOW!