by Kirsten Howard
Replacing guns with other objects in movies never really took off. The most notorious case of this happening was during the 2002 re-release of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial by none other than its director, Steven Spielberg, who had been dogged by accusations of political incorrectness after deciding to include swear words in the script and having federal agents point guns at poor little Elliott.
For the 20th anniversary release, Spielberg went back and digitally replaced all the guns with walkie-talkies in a move that satisfied basically no one—including the Oscar-winning director. “There's going to be no more digital enhancements or digital additions to anything based on any film I direct," Spielberg told Ain't It Cool News in 2011. "When people ask me which E.T. they should look at, I always tell them to look at the original 1982 E.T.”
Well, we may be glad that retroactively sanitizing the cherished films of our childhood never became a thing, but there’s a Tumblr out there right now making a pretty good case for it—albeit as an amusing play on our current selfie-obsessed culture.
“Guns Replaced With Selfie Sticks” is exactly what it sounds like: classic movie moments where someone is letting the air out of dramatic gun-wielding poses by simply replacing the actual gun with a selfie stick.
Check out some of the hilarious posts below.
All images courtesy Guns Replaced With Selfie Sticks/Tumblr.