Turns Out 'ET: The Extra-Terrestrial' Originally Had A Totally Different Ending

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It turns out that Steven Spielberg's classic ET: The Extra-Terrestrial had an alternate ending.

To mark its 35th anniversary, the movie will be returning to cinemas for a limited time. As such, Yahoo! Movies caught up with Robert MacNaughton – AKA Elliot's older brother Michael – who fills us in on a different final scene.

If you've never seen it, or just need reminding, ET ends with Elliott saying a tearful goodbye to the alien, who tells him "I'll be right here" before departing Earth forever in his spaceship.

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A perfect ending that leaves us an uncontrollable mess every damn time, but there was originally meant to be another scene after it.

"The last scene was going to be all of us playing Dungeons and Dragons again, except this time, Elliott's the dungeon master. Because he was the one that found ET, he sort of got in with the group," MacNaughton explained.

"And so that was supposed to be the final scene, it was in the script and everything, and then they would pan up to the roof and you'd see the communicator and it's still working. In other words, Elliott is still in touch with ET."

[Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore and Robert MacNaughton in ET]

Smartly, that scene was taken out of the movie to leave it ending on the close-up of Elliott's face – and MacNaughton totally gets it.

"After they did the score, the music, and they saw what they had with the spaceship taking off and everything – how can you follow that? I mean, it was a wise choice," he noted.

From: Digital Spy