E.T. was a plant
by Michael dEstries
Categories: Entertainment, Film/TV.

With the 30th Anniversary edition of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial hitting shelves this week, all sorts of interesting facts are being dusted off and thrown online. Over at i09, they pored over the new book E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial: from Concept to Classic and discovered some of the more interesting ones.

Perhaps most surprising is the reveal that E.T. was neither male or female and was actually a plant. In some ways, it kind of makes sense – after all, the aliens were visiting Earth to study plants. There’s also their connection to the flowers throughout the film.

Cool, right? I mean, he glows and all – but so do these mushrooms in the Brazilian rainforest.

Another interesting fact, courtesy of one of the commenters on i09:

“The Reese’s Pieces in the film were supposed to be M&Ms,” writes Jeff Edsell. “M&M/Mars was uncertain about their product being associated with a creepy, possibly child-scaring alien, so they declined, and Reese’s Pieces were used instead.

“After the film was a smash hit, demand for Reese’s Pieces soared, and the factory had to run triple shifts for a while to meet the demand.”

And now, for your viewing pleasure, one of my favorite scenes from the film that basically made me cry tears of joy as a kid/adult.

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/ms.destries Jacqueline Lopes

    Michael I love how the boy’s pose in the frame of your video is the same as the pose in your profile pic right below it! hehe