Synopsis: Have you ever seen the audition tape for Henry Thomas, the kid who played Elliot in Stephen Spielberg’s E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial? Well, if you haven’t, drop everything you’re doing and watch it now, because it’s one of the best performances of a child actor I’ve seen – and it was all improvised! Not only that, but it led to an insight about Stoicism which, in turn, led to an insight about human perfection, and that’s what this episode is about. That, and a story about how Stoicism kicked in after I lost my car keys this past Friday.
Related Rabbi Schneeweiss Content:
- Aurelius - Meditations 4:22: That's a Jacket, Not a Bad Cat!
- TSJ Interlude - I Got Got By An Impression!
- Epictetus, Discourses 2:18
- YouTube: Henry Thomas Audition for E.T. “Ok, kid, you got the job”.
- YouTube: The Story of Casting Elliot in E.T.
- Ralbag, Bereishis, Introduction to Section 8 (2:4 – 3:24)
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