Steven Spielberg confesses that he was a ‘jerk’ shooting ‘ET’

Steven Spielberg may be viewed as one of the nicest guys in Hollywood, but even he admits that he didn’t behave that well when he first started out.

In a lengthy interview with The Hollywood Reporter about feminism, the media and his newest film The Post, Spielberg says that he was a jerk on the set of ET the Extra Terrestrial.

“Basically,” he said, “I was a little bit of a hothead, impatient, and I would be hard on my crew — loving to my cast but tough on my crew.

“And about 15 days into shooting ET, (Kathleen Kennedy) pulled me into her office and sat me down in a chair and gave me the bollocking of my life. Because she did not like the way I was talking to the crew.

“She didn’t care for my impatience, she didn’t care for my sharpness. She said, ‘This is unacceptable behaviour’, and I hadn’t heard that since a teacher in school or my own mom — and that was a big shift in my life.

“I became mindful because somebody I trusted and respected had called me out.”

Kathleen Kennedy is of course well known as the President of Lucasfilm and the current driving force behind the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises.

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