In the following 3-minute clip, Henry Thomas, the actor who played Elliot in Steven Spielberg’s 1982 blockbuster E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, delivers what can only be described as one of the greatest auditions in the history of cinema, not least because Thomas, at the time, was 9 years old.
In a performance laden with raw emotion and sincerity, the young kid, having been flown in from Texas, knocks the proverbial ball out of the park, ultimately securing the role of Elliot at the first attempt. Spielberg’s immediate response? “Okay, kid, you got the part.” At said point, Thomas breaks all concentration, lets all emotion flow from his body, and smiles.