Steven Spielberg Has Revealed The Incident That Stopped Him Being Mean To Crew On Set

The director has also discussed his new film, The Post

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With directing credits on many people's favourite childhood films from Jurassic Park to E.T, Steven Spielberg is a hero to many. But, as the old saying goes, you should never actually meet your heroes - and it turns out this was particularly true of Spielberg back in the seventies and eighties.

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In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter Spielberg has revealed he wasn't always the Cool Older Dude and chilled out silver fox we imagine him to be. No, he was a bit of a dick it turns out.

When asked which women he had worked who changed his way of thinking Spielberg named Kathy Kennedy who started out as his secretary in 1978.

"Basically, 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," he said. "And about 15 days into shooting E.T., she 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 mum — and that was a big shift in my life. I became mindful because somebody I trusted and respected had called me out."

During the interview Spielberg also spoke about his Oscar-tipped film The Post with Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep. The investigative journalism drama has already been named the best film of 2017 by National Board of Review.

"I thought this was an idea that felt more like 2017 than 1971 — I could not believe the similarities between today and what happened with the Nixon administration against their avowed enemies The New York Times and The Washington Post," Spielberg told The Hollywood Reporter. "I realised this was the only year to make this film."