A name so synonymous with Hollywood, there's a reason why Steven Spielberg is one of the biggest names in film-making history. More than just a reason, actually. With a career spanning over four decades, the director, producer, and screenwriter is considered one of the founding pioneers of the New Hollywood era. He is also one of the co-founders of DreamWorks Studios, a studio which has dished out the greatest works of animation. He is a master at dishing out blockbusters, especially in the sci-fi genre.
He is best known for films like ET the Extra Terrestrial (1982), Jurassic Park (1993), Jaws (1975), Schindler's List (1993), Minority Report (2002), Catch Me if You Can (2002), Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008) and so many more. Today, as the legend turns 70, we wish him a very happy birthday! Let's have a look at some interesting facts about Steven Spielberg.
Na mummy, na papa – camera!
His mother once gifted his father a Brownie movie camera for his birthday. The little Steven simply took it away for his own use. Before he hit his teens, he used the camera and a toy train to make a home movie of a train wreck. I'd pay to watch that in a theater.
NOT about the money, honey
He has always maintained that he is not here to make money. He even refused payment for his work directing the Oscar-winning Schindler’s List. Films directed by him have made more than $9 billion whereas his personal worth is $3.6 billion.
Every big guy starts small. But it's just so strange to know that someone who churns out blockbusters now, earned a profit of just $1 (budget: $500) with the first movie he ever made back in 1964. Among the 100 highest grossing movies of Hollywood, Spielberg has directed seven.
A fan of James Bond movies, Spielberg was denied the role of director twice for the spy franchise. He was first denied due to inexperience, but after he got famous, he was denied again due to being unaffordable. How times change!
The idea of the PG-13 movie rating was suggested by Spielberg himself. He came up with it due to his own movies – he thought many parts weren't too appropriate for younger audiences. So he put forward this suggestion to the President of the Motion Picture Association of America.
Spielberg loves video games – his favorites are Call of Duty and Half Life. Back then, he provided the idea of a shooting game called WWII. This game later became a massive hit when it was released on the PlayStation in 1999.