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  • Creator Backlash: Director Juan Piquer Simon was not happy with the Executive Meddling (see below) and how much of the final film got changed.
  • Cross-Dressing Voices: Tommy's dubbed voice was provided by a woman.
  • Executive Meddling / Follow the Leader: According to Mental Floss:
    The Pod People was originally conceived as a straight-up alien invasion horror film. But while Los Nuevos Extraterrestres (the Spanish production’s original title) was still being filmed, Steven Spielberg released a little film called E.T. that became a blockbuster hit. The money people behind Pod People demanded several script changes at the last minute (“add a cute kid and make the alien more adorable!”) in order to make the movie more E.T.-ish, which partially accounts for the disjointed feel of this film.
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  • Fake American: The movie itself. Even though it's a Spanish-French coproduction, the filmmakers seem hell-bent on convincing us it's set in America, if the Red Sox pennant on Tommy's wall and portrait of Ronald Reagan in the poachers' cabin are anything to go by.
  • Follow the Leader: The film was blatantly trying to cash in on the success of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.

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