If there’s one thing about Steven Spielberg that’s seen as a key trait, it’s that he seems to be the warm and friendly type – a guy who very rarely loses his temper and is nice to pretty much everyone around him.
Speaking with THR this week, the filmmaker revealed that at one time when he was much younger – he was actually something of a jerk to some of his co-workers. It was something that went on for a while until a friend, then young producer and current Lucasfilm chief Kathleen Kennedy, called him out on it:
“Basically, I was a little bit of a hothead, impatient, and I would be hard on my crew – loving to my cast but tough on my crew. And about 15 days into shooting ‘E.T.,’ she pulled me into her office and sat me down in a chair and gave me the bollocking of my life.
Because she did not like the way I was talking to the crew. She didn’t care for my impatience, she didn’t care for my sharpness. She said, ‘This is unacceptable behavior,’ and I hadn’t heard that since a teacher in school or my own mom – and that was a big shift in my life. I became mindful because somebody I trusted and respected had called me out.”
It’s an even more eye opening a story when you realise the film was Kennedy’s first producing credit and Spielberg was coming off the success of “Jaws,” “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” and “Raiders of the Lost Ark”. Kennedy and Spielberg have since collaborated many times.
Spielberg’s next films include “The Post” opening December 22nd and “Ready Player One” opening in March.