Ronald Reagan Said “E.T.” Was “Absolutely True”

“[Reagan] just stood up and he looked around the room, almost like he was doing a headcount, and he said, ‘I wanted to thank you for bringing ‘E.T.’ to the White House. We really enjoyed your movie.’ Then he looked around the room and said, ‘And there are a number of people in this room who know that everything on that screen is absolutely true.’ He said it without smiling! But he said that and everybody laughed, by the way. The whole room laughed because he presented it like a joke, but he wasn’t smiling as he said it.”

—Steven Spielberg recounts screening his classic flick, “E.T.”, for Ronald Reagan when it came out. While he’s pretty sure Reagan was joking, maybe Ronald was trying to tell us that the government really is trying to cover up extra-terrestrial sightings? Anyway, let’s hope Spielberg’s “Super 8” is a return to “E.T.” It does have a lot of the same elements—kids witnessing something, government cover-ups, etc. I really want the movie to be thrilling rather than ridiculous. [Huffington Post]