What do you possibly give one of the greatest filmmakers of all time, aka Steven Spielberg, as a friendly gesture?
Take a cue from Peter Jackson. The Hollywood heavyweights put their power and creativity together to bring to life “The Adventures of Tintin,” which hits theaters this week, but it seems Spielberg scored another bonus from the collaboration.
“Peter Jackson is a great hobbyist – World War I paraphernalia and memorabilia, and actual material from the first world war,” Spielberg told FOX411’s Pop Tarts column. “He’s got, canons, guns uniforms and vehicles, and just because we are such good buddies and made ‘Tintin’ together, as a gift he sent boxes and boxes of props to use in ‘War Horse.’”
“War Horse” is based on a children's novel set during the first world war and a stage play of the same name, chronicling the trials and tribulations of a young soldier who serves on both sides (England and Germany) before finding himself alone in no man's land.
And although he's a certified Hollywood legend, Spielberg still looks to the up-and-coming generation of directors to stay on his game.
“I just love that filmmakers are reaching out there beyond anything that has been done, to really tell edgy and challenging stories,” he said. “I get inspired when I get inspired -- I don’t look for inspiration. I don’t think anyone can look for inspiration; we can wait forever and never be inspired. Inspiration happens when you least expect it to happen, so I am open for it. I listen for it, but I don’t wait for it.”
Besides the big screen, Spielberg also executive produces FOX’s "Terra Nova", along with other small screen shows, and admitted the “impatience” of the television audience and the networks chopping boards has been frustrating – and frightening.
“The challenges that TV brings is that the audience either accepts you or rejects you, overnight. TV is impatient,” he said. “Networks don't wait, they don't give shows a chance to survive. They make snap judgments on viewership, ratings, checks, household checks - so your either history or on for awhile, so it's scarier in television.”
Hollie McKay has been a FoxNews.com staff reporter since 2007. She has reported extensively from the Middle East on the rise and fall of terrorist groups such as ISIS in Iraq. Follow her on twitter at @holliesmckay