Ben Steeler remembers his embarrassing moment on the set of Steven Spielberg
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Even Ben Steeler is not free to embarrass himself in front of one of his heroes.
On Thursday night, “Zulander” star was in “Late Night with Seth Meyers” and appeared on host Steven Spielberg’s “Empire of the Sun” with one of his first acting roles.
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“It was really exciting because I was a huge fan of Spielberg,” Steeler said. “And he would come to see a play that I was in, and he basically cast me in the movie.”
Although the experience included a turbulent moment, the young actor made an unfortunate gag while taking a wide long time.
“About three or four minutes after this shot, and I say my line,” Stiller recalls. “I mean, ‘Hey, kid, would you like a bar in Hershey?’ And I screwed it up, and I said, ‘Hey, kid, do you want a chocolate bar?’ And then I went, ‘Oh, damn. I’m sorry. Cut.’ And then silence. “
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He continued, “I can only hear the monitors saying, ‘What?’ [I said] ‘I’m sorry, I made my line worse.’ And then I hear Steven Spielberg say, ‘You never shout!’
Finally, Steeler added, “And of course, my hero, my idol, I realize I’ve done the most embarrassing thing ever. So, it worked well.”
His first role in a 1987 film was played by a young Christian Bell.
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