HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 21: Steven Spielberg attends the 2022 TCM Classic Film Festival Opening Night 40th Anniversary Screening of "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial…" at TCL Chinese Theatre on April 21, 2022 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
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Steven Spielberg received his first Oscar nomination for directing in ‘78 for the sci-fi classic, “Close Encounters of the Third Kind." However, despite the critical and commercial success, Spielberg has some regrets about the movie, particularly concerning a 1980 special edition version of the film.
Columbia Pictures wanted to use the new version to market and sell the VHS and LaserDisc versions of the film. So, they made a deal with Spielberg that would allow him to re-edit the movie however he saw fit, as long as he added a sequence that shows the inside of the mothership that Roy enters at the end of the movie.
While Spielberg agreed to the deal at the time, he would later see it as one of the greatest mistakes of his career. "I compromised and showed Richard Dreyfuss walking inside the mothership," the director recalled in an interview. "Which I never should have done because that should always have been kept a mystery."