Tucson BMX rider remembers his role in E.T. – Tucson, Arizona

Tucson, Arizona 2021-11-24 16:29:12 –

Tucson, Arizona (KGUN) — 1982 box office revenue-ETthe Extra-Terrestrial.

Forty years later, the movie remains popular.

As ET approached a major milestone, we discovered a Tucson connection to the movie and all those biking scenes.

“They said it was an anniversary, the 40th anniversary,” said Robert Cardosa. “What a hell!”

It was Cardosa’s reaction when Shoe Palace asked him to help celebrate the movie milestones with new ET clothing.

Cardoza did not appear in the movie, but contributed to the famous biking scene.

In the early 80’s Cardoza was a BMX racer who worked at a bicycle store in Southern California.

He delivered the Kuwahara bike to Universal Set when the shoot was about to begin.

Robert Cardosa

Then he gave the director some advice on his young actors and their BMX bikes.

“There is no way these kids will be able to do this. It requires some skill,” Cardoza told ET director Steven Spielberg. “I had no idea who he was.”

To prove what skill it requires, he grabbed his bike and used the ramp of the loading dock next to Steven Spielberg’s car.

“On his car,” Cardoza explained. “At that point, he was sold.”

Cardoza and a few other BMX riders have become stunt doubles for the movie’s child actors. If the boy is riding a bicycle, it’s a stunt double.

Cardoza played Greg with headphones. He says he earned less than $ 500 for stuntwork.

Cordosa says he knew that ET would grow when he and all the actors underwent private screening.

“Oh my god, this is a hit,” Cardosa said.

And so was it. ET surpassed Star Wars as the highest-selling movie ever.

“When it came out, it exploded,” Cardosa recalled. “The world has exploded. BMX sports have exploded. It was a turning point in the 80’s.”

Cardoza has moved away from his Hollywood job and has grown into a world-class BMX racer. He moved to Tucson seven years ago.

Earlier this year, he was contacted about participating in an additional campaign for the Shoe Palace ET clothing line.

He then learned that someone had found his real bike in the movie. The bicycle he was thinking of was gone.

They reunited for a photo shoot in California and an interview with KGUN9 at Tucson Mall.

“As soon as I saw it, you knew it was real,” Cardoza said.

Robert Cardosa reunites with his ET bike

Robert Cardosa

The happy ending of a story about a man, his bike, and a blockbuster movie that is as relevant today as it was in 1982.

“This movie is old, but timeless,” Cardoza said.

At the age of 60, Cardoza now lives in Catalina. He is still racing his bike.

He has never earned credit in the movie, but his story is widely known in the BMX racing community.

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