Spielberg, Steven Easter Egg - The Lucas-Spielberg Connection
George Lucas and Steven Spielberg are very good friends in real life, as well as collaborators on film. They are constantly working in sly references to each other's films in their own. The following are some examples:
1) In the Spielberg Directed CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE 3RD KIND when the mother ship first crests over Devil's Tower, there is a blinding light aimed directly at the camera. Look closely and next to the light you will see R2D2 upside down, affixed to the underside of the ship!
2) In the Spielberg Directed, Lucas produced RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK, check out the hyroglyphics on the walls in the Well of Souls. There is a depiction of R2 and 3PO there.
3) In the Spielberg directed E.T. there are several obvious ones, including Elliot showing ET his collection of STAR WARS action figures, and later, ET's encounter with Yoda on Halloween.
4) In the Lucas written and produced RADIOLAND MURDERS, the opening shot is a rip on his own STAR WARS, with a metallic object zooming overhead and into camera range against a starfield. Instead of a spaceship, it's a radio broadcast antennae.
5) In the Spielberg produced THE FLINTSTONES, the opening (or is it closing) sequence when the family goes to the drive in movie there is a rock slab out front advertising "Coming soon, TAR WARS"
6) In the Spielberg directed, Lucas produced INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM when Indy, Willie and Short Round flee the club at the beginning of the movie, as the car zooms around a corner you catch the name of the establishment: Club Obi-Wan.
7) In the Spielberg produced MEN IN BLACK, both men make "cameo" appearances as visiting aliens on a monitor at MIB HQ.
8) In the Lucas directed STAR WARS: THE PHANTOM MENACE, during the senate council chamber sceen, just after Queen Amadalla has asked for a vote of no confidence in Chancellor Velorum, there is a shot of the delegates chanting "Vote now!" One of the pods contains 3 ET's.
9) In the Spielberg directed 1941, the opening sequences spoofs his own JAWS as a blonde swimmer (the same girl from JAWS) is threatened by a Japanese Sub.
10) Spielberg introduced Lucas to John Williams, who has done music for nearly all their films. In the Speilberg directed CLOSE ENCOUNTERS, when the mother ship is trading "tonal vocabulary" with the humans at Devil's Tower, it briefly emulates the first few blasts of Williams' JAWS theme, another Spielberg directed film.
11) Listen closely to the end of John Williams' Anikan's Theme during the last credits of the Lucas' directed STAR WARS: THE PHANTOM MENACE and you'll hear the Imperial March, which Williams composed for Lucas' STAR WARS: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK.
The friendship extends off screen as well. When STAR WARS beat out JAWS' box office gross, Speilberg took out a full page ad in Variety showing the R2 on the back of a boat with a fishing pole, reeling in a very big shark.
Lucas returned the congrats a few years later when ET came out and shattered STAR WARS records. His ad showed R2 placing a crown on ET's head, as in king of the box office.
In 1997 when STAR WARS was re-released and added to it's total gross, it re-took the top spot. Spielberg's response add was a long line of cartoon characitures lead by ET, with R2 zipping past them all to the head of the line.
Finally, when James Cameron's TITANIC came out and blew everyone away, Lucas included him in on the joke, with a full page add showing all the STAR WARS characters jumping off the sinking ship (complete with Han and Leia embracing Jack and Rose like on the ship's bow) and his congratulations.
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||Shaun Collins on 03-28-2001
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