I've said it before and I'll say it again - child actors just aren't what they used to be. Where was Henry Thomas when the role of little Anakin Skywalker needed casting? Oh yeah, he was 28 years old. Damn.
Anyways, check out his audition for E.T., that he knocked outta the park, and won the role out of 300 hopefuls. Kid even sheds some tears during this clip. Amazing. Just look at those trembling lips, those glazed-over eyes. He's not just acting, he's reacting. Talent. That is all.