A successful career as a Hollywood director isn’t always best suited to a family. Trips can be long and very long, meaning huge amounts of time are missed with growing kids. So, at the beginning of his career, Spielberg never considered having children of his own. He recalls: “I never thought about having children because none of the equations made sense to me, because I went from one movie to another, from one script to another. However, his thoughts about having children changed while filming “ET”.
You’ve probably heard the old saying about wisdom in filmmaking: Never work with animals or children. But while Spielberg kept his point about chest-to-chest animals, the famed director treasured his time with the child actors. Unlike his early films, “ET” features a group of children, and this is the first time the director has considered fatherhood. “That was the first time I thought I could become a father. Maybe, in a way, the director was a father or a mother. That started to really eat away at me.”
Spielberg’s relationships with Henry Thomas (Elliot), C. Thomas Howell (Tyler), Robert MacNaughton (Michael) and Drew Barrymore (Gertie) created one of the greatest films of the ’80s and changed perspective. by Spielberg on fatherhood. “When I left those kids and we all went our separate ways… I really felt that [being a dad] will be my next big product,” he said.
https://www.slashfilm.com/1038043/how-e-t-became-more-than-a-movie-for-director-steven-spielberg/ How ET became more than a movie for director Steven Spielberg