Steven Spielberg says he bribed his children to watch black-and-white movies

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BFG director Steven Spielberg has admitted he used to bribe his children to watch black-and-white films with him.

Steven, who has seven children including his stepchildren, offered a rate of $10 (£7.50) per film.

Speaking at a press conference in London, the 69-year-old said: "I used to have to pay my kids $10 to watch a black-and-white movie. I would have to bribe them, and $10 was a lot of money then."

Mark Rylance and Steven Spielberg (Thibault Camus/AP/PA)
Mark Rylance and Steven Spielberg (Thibault Camus/AP/PA)

But despite the bribe, his children often were not keen to watch movies such as 1948 Western Red River. He said: "I had a couple of my kids watch the movie, and 20 minutes later give me my $10 back."

The Oscar winner, whose latest film The BFG stars Mark Rylance, said he loved to watch old movies as inspiration.

He said: "I'm a very conservative director. I have a lot of ambition about my predecessors, all the geniuses that all of us, whether we know it or not, are working from and upon whose shoulders we stand so I do a lot of looking back and a lot of understanding what makes a good story."

Steven Spielberg with BFG stars Ruby Barnhill and Mark Rylance (Chris Pizzello/AP)
Steven Spielberg with BFG stars Ruby Barnhill and Mark Rylance (Chris Pizzello/AP)

He added: "My whole love for this medium comes from paying attention to the past and respecting all the movies that have been made over all these years. I speak to film students, and they say, well how do I get a job?

"And I say, well it's easy to get a job if you write, because if they buy your script you can insist on directing it, or you can just take your device and just go out and make your own movie. But I also say, you need to look at the old films."

The acclaimed director's movies include ET, Jurassic Park, Schindler's List, Jaws and Raiders Of The Lost Ark.