Posted on Monday, June 6th, 2011 by Germain Lussier
Over the weekend, we ran a story about Steven Spielberg confirming that a Jaws Blu-ray disc is on the way. The news broke in an interview that Quint, aka Eric Vespe, did with the legendary director on Ain’t It Cool News in anticipation of the upcoming anniversary of the film’s 1975 release. He’s now published the full interview and it’s a must read. Spielberg comes off as such a knowledgeable, awesome fan and he tells some riveting behind the scene stories. We’re going to highlight two: one about the scene which makes him want to make another Jaws and the time President Ronald Reagan said E.T. was real. So check those out after the jump but head over to AICN for the full interview right after.
Again, thanks to Quint from Ain’t It Cool News for this awesome interview which we urge you to read, in full, asap.
During the interview, Spielberg explains why he didn’t come back for any Jaws sequels (sea sickness) but says that now he has a great idea for one specific scene in a sequel and that, when he thinks of it, he starts thinking about possibly making that movie. Not that it’ll ever happen, but the seed is in his brain. The quote came out when Vespe asked “Do you have any idea what you would have done with a sequel?” Here’s Spielberg:
No, no idea at all, but I have a very, very good scene which I thought would have been good for a sequel someday, which I will tell you someday because I don’t want it in print. But I’ll tell you my scene some day. Every time I think of this scene I think, “Hmmm, could this be another Jaws movie?” and I have to immediately stop myself and immediately pull myself back down to Earth.
Vespe also asked Spielberg about a special White House screening of E.T. and here’s just part of the story:
[Reagan] just stood up and he looked around the room, almost like he was doing a headcount, and he said, “I wanted to thank you for bringing E.T. to the White House. We really enjoyed your movie,” and then he looked around the room and said, “And there are a number of people in this room who know that everything on that screen is absolutely true.”
And he said it without smiling! But he said that and everybody laughed, by the way. The whole room laughed because he presented it like a joke, but he wasn’t smiling as he said it.
The room did laugh and then later on I’ll never forget my conversation with the President. He pulled me aside, he said… and I can’t do Reagan. I wish I could do that breathy, wonderful voice of his… And Nancy Reagan was standing right next to him and the President said to me, “I only have one criticism about your movie,” and I said “What’s that?” He said, “How long were the end credits?” I said, “Oh, I don’t know. Maybe three, three and a half minutes?” He said, “In my day, when I was an actor, our end credits were maybe 15 seconds long.”
He said, “Why don’t you let everybody get a credit… three and a half, four minutes, that’s fine, but only show that inside the industry, but throughout the rest of the country reduce your credits to 15 seconds at the end?” Nancy Reagan turned to him and said, “Oh, Ronny, they can’t do that. You know that.” And he went, “Oh, yes, yes. I suppose.” (laughs) That was the extent of my conversation about that . That was his only criticism, he felt the end credits were too long!
How cool is that? Spielberg later says he thinks Reagan was joking about the aliens but it’s still pretty fantastic, especially the credits criticism.
Again, you’ve gotta read this interview. Which you can do right here. They talk Harryhausen, Jurassic Park, Temple of Doom, the Jaws Indianapolis speech and so much more. A huge thanks to Vespe for posting the interview and Spielberg for being such a good interview subject.