The Goonies

( 1985)

SFX - - Richard Donner -

I liked Steven Spiel­berg a lot. He was an ac­quain­tance. I got a call from him one day, and he said, “I got this screen­play I want you to read.” I said, “Oh, swell.” I got the screen­play and I started read­ing it, and I said, “Wait a minute. This is a Steven Spiel­berg movie. Why isn’t he do­ing this?” I had never worked with a lot with kids. So I called him and I said, “Why aren’t you do­ing this?” He said, “I have a pro­ject that I’m go­ing to start and I want to get it done soon. I al­ways re­mem­ber you as be­ing as big a kid as I am. I think you’d be per­fect for it.” It turned out to be a tough re­la­tion­ship to get started on, but as it did get go­ing I was so in love with those kids… I never thought it pos­si­ble. It was all Steven. If he had said any­thing else, I prob­a­bly would have fig­ured, “Maybe the script’s re­ally not good and I’m read­ing it wrong.” I was very de­fen­sive [ laughs]. But it turned out to be one of the great de­lights of my life.

Spot the Goonie with an in­ter­est in cam­ou­flage.

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