"Independence Day" director Roland Emmerich hopes our civilization won't take any cues from his films when extraterrestrial life makes contact.
"Talk, and don't shoot," he advised in an interview. "And I hope [aliens] will not mind that I portray them badly. Otherwise I have to hide."
Emmerich, whose "Independence Day: Resurgence" hits theaters Thursday, has enjoyed plenty of time to mull over the possibility of a close encounter of the third kind. Twenty years have passed since his 1996 blockbuster "Independence Day" wowed popcorn-gobbling movie-goers by pushing special effects to their limits, as the flick annihilated landmarks like the White House and the Empire State Building in a 4-minute spectacle of destruction.
In the present day, when computer-generated scenes make it easy to lay waste to entire city blocks, it's a challenge to remember that the cinematic disasters of the original film were stunning. The original "Independence Day" won an Oscar for best visual effects.
"In the first film already when I was writing it, I had scissors in my head because I knew what you can do and you cannot do" with the special-effects technology of the day, he said in an interview. "This time around, you don't even have the scissors...because everything is possible."
See more of my interview with Emmerich in the video above.