10 Ridiculous Secrets Behind Iconic Movie Scenes

10. Drunk E.T. Was Acted By A Legless 12-Year-Old - E.T.

ET The Extra Terrestrial

Of the many, many iconic scenes in Steven Spielberg's E.T., who can forget the sequence where the adorable extra-terrestrial is left home alone and accidentally gets drunk while exploring the fridge?

E.T. consequently stumbles around as he "enjoys" alcohol for the very first time, and in order to achieve the creature's distinctively wonky drunk walk, Spielberg had to get creative.

Ultimately Matthew De Meritt, a 12-year-old boy born without legs, was hired to sit inside the creature puppet and walk around on his hands to produce that unforgettable stumble, while looking through slits in E.T.'s chest to see where he was going.

While most audiences probably assumed it was simply some state-of-the-art animatronic puppetry at play, the scene has an undeniably tactile, human touch - and this is why.

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