Ben Stiller recalls being reprimanded by Steven Spielberg after breaking film set rule

Ben Stiller recalls being scolded by Steven Spielberg on the set of Empire of the Sun before being famous.

The actor-director received a single line in the 1987 war movie, which he says happened after Spielberg saw him in a room.

“It was really exciting because I was a huge Spielberg fan,” Stiller said.

the Zoolander star, who directs episodes of the Apple TV+ series Breakupsaid the line came at the end of a long still camera shot.

“After about three or four minutes of this shot, I say my line,” Stiller said on Late Night with Seth Meyers.

“I’m supposed to say, ‘Hey, kid, do you want a Hershey bar?’ And I screwed it up, and I said, ‘Hey, kid, do you want a chocolate bar?’ And then I went, ‘Oh, fuck. I am sorry. To cut.’ And then silence.

However, this left Spielberg confused, who continued to tell Stiller that shouting “cut” is the director’s job only.

“I just hear, from where the monitors are, ‘What?'” Stiller continued. “[I said] “I screwed up my line.” And then I hear Steven Spielberg say, ‘You never scream cut!'”

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Stiller described the blunder as “the most embarrassing thing ever”.

Empire of the Sunbased on the novel by JG Ballard, stars Christian Bale as a young English boy who struggles to survive under the Japanese occupation of China during World War II.

Stiller’s new show, Breakupis available to stream on Apple TV+.