E.T. wants go home!
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Carlo Rambaldi an Italian special effects artist, is responsible for the icon of the E.T. character. Rambaldi won three Oscars: one Special Achievement Academy Award for Best Visual Effects in 1977 for the 1976 version of King Kong and two Academy Awards for Best Visual Effects in 1980 and 1983 for, respectively, Alien and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.
For E.T., Spielberg tasked Rambaldi with coming up with an alien form that audiences could sympathize with. The primary inspiration was one of his own paintings from the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna, titled “Women of Delta.” It depicted a shriveled character with stumpy legs, a long neck, an oblong head, and large eyes. To make the alien empathetic, Spielberg had Rambaldi study photos of elderly people who lived during the Great Depression. He also collated the alien’s facial design with photos of Albert Einstein, of Ernest Hemingway and Carl Sandburg.
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