Desperate images reveal ET’s tragic condition 40 years after the iconic film was released


His skin was peeling, dusty to the touch, his eye sockets painfully protruding from his naked skull, his crudely exposed metal skeleton limping in a tangle of electrical wires.

These images reveal what remains of ET, 40 years after Extra Terrestrial captured our hearts and left us in tears as he appeared dead next to his friend Elliott in one of those moments. Best touching movie of all time.

Four decades after the lovable alien became a global superstar following the film’s release in the US on June 11, 1982, he looks like he’s dying once again. If you’ve ever been transported by Steven Spielberg’s irresistible magic back then, you must battle his desire to lift his lifeless skeleton in your arms.

Many of the 13 ET models used in the film, including mechanical puppets, costumes, and a head designed for close-up, disintegrated almost irreparably when they were unpacked from the film. storage bins in 2018, where, hard to believe, much of it has been kept since then the film was wrapped.

The original ET models and puppets have been disbanded for years


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Today, the family of the late ET designer and producer, the late special effects artist Carlo Rambaldi, describes how the advanced rubber that once made up ET’s skin has died away, leaving only the The animated structure, still evidence for Carlo’s limb, is below.

However, just as ET’s heart will begin to shine again in Spielberg’s two-time Oscar-nominated film, today ET, for whom Carlo won an Academy Award for visual effects, is in the process. by his family and the Carlo Rambaldi Foundation, led by his daughter. , Daniela, 52 years old.

Since last October, restoration work has been carried out by a team of ten special effects specialists led by Leonardo Cruciano at a warehouse in an undisclosed location in Milan. This week, they finalized the finishing touches for the reborn movie star.

For Daniela, overseeing this labor of love has become a full-time job, and she speaks with emotion about the puppet that is considered a “family member.”

Even so, the restoration work is still in progress


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Character appearance in Steven Spielberg’s ET the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)


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“We tried to prevent rotting of these advanced materials in the 80s, but today they are as fragile as a flower,” she explains.

“The skin is rotting, when you touch it it’s like touching a petal, crumbling in your hand.”

Leonardo, explains the work, working with an icon that can disintegrate when you touch it, it’s scary sometimes. “The latex is very dry and when you touch it, it falls off,” he said.

“When we excavated the boxes, we used gloves and very soft pillows. Unpacking alone took a week. Unboxing the head took three days. At any moment we could lose everything. chief”.

The debris is initially sprayed with a rubber fixative, then cleaned of dust, rust and oil before being re-fused with another compound.

The models are the work of special effects artist Carlo Rambaldi


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His daughter Daniela Rambaldi, pictured with one of the largely recovered ETs, has been reviving models


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In the end, the enhanced fragments were put back together.

“It’s a puzzle and we need a lot of patience,” Leonardo said. “Some pieces can’t be saved or lost. It’s like recovering a Mummy.”

The team managed to save only four of the iconic fingers of E.Ts because of their finesse. They also built a full replica of ET as he originally looked.

All restorations, including the original electronic model, with 85 moving points – which Daniela describes as the “soul” of ET – will be on display in the future.

She is currently worth the entire collection, but reveals the animatronic structure alone is worth around £5-10 million.

However, the value of ET goes far beyond money.

Daniela was 12 years old when her father created him.

Carlo, who died in 2012 at the age of 86, had previously worked with Spielberg on the 1977 film Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and won an Oscar for his visual effects in the 1976 films King Kong and Alien. , was made in 1979.

ET is the main character in a sci-fi movie



She recalled the phone call that came around midnight.

“Steven told my dad he had a big problem, filming on ET had just started but he didn’t like the ET being done by a different design team,” she said.

Carlo has only six months to create a new alien.

“One day he said ‘Can you come to the lab?’,” she recalls. “He was working on a 3D model in ET clay, and he asked me ‘What do you think, what does it tell you?’

“And I said ‘Wow, Dad, it’s a bit ugly, but it’s also cute and has a very real look. I love the back of it, it looks like Donald Duck’s.”

Daniela said: ET’s eyes were inspired by the family’s Chicca, Blue Point Himalayan cat. “He tried to give ET that chastity through his eyes.”

She recalls her father always living in another world, always drawing, often space scenes.

His earliest inspiration was when, as a child, an asteroid crashed into his village in northern Italy, leaving a crater in the ground.

“He would draw planets and how he would imagine a city in space, or aliens on another planet,” she said. “If we sat down for a simple lunch, he’d have a little notebook in his pocket.”

Approximately 12 people are needed to work the cables to move the ET

The film won many awards after its release


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The cast includes Drew Barrymore (Credit: Getty Images for GLAAD)

Even though Daniela was not allowed into the top secret ET set, she still remembered the stories her father told each night.

One particular thing is about six-year-old Drew Barrymore who plays Gertie.

“My dad told me they were resting and Drew was sitting next to ET eating a snack, and all of a sudden she started putting her snacks in ET’s mouth. Danger was she’d spill a coke. down!

“Drew doesn’t realize he’s a puppet.”

ET’s resurrection today will move her father immensely.

She believes he has seen the alien, in some way, as one of her own.

“There’s a professional side to him, he’s always looking for perfection, but there’s also a fatherly side,” she said.

“I think he treated ET like his son, he gave ET his heart and soul. We used to call him Dad Geppetto,” she added, referring to Carlo Collodi’s carpenter character. created Pinocchio, a puppet resembling a boy.

Recall that her father searched for copies of that story in every secondhand bookstore he ever visited.

To learn more about Carlo Rambaldi’s work, visit www.fondazioneculturalecarlorambaldi.it

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