'Spaceballs' Star Bill Pullman Never Saw 'Star Wars' Before Making the Parody

Sunday, 25 June 2017 - 7:15PM
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Sunday, 25 June 2017 - 7:15PM
'Spaceballs' Star Bill Pullman Never Saw 'Star Wars' Before Making the Parody
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No one makes parodies like Mel Brooks, whose Star Wars-themed comedy Spaceballs has built up a solid legacy of its own over the decades (it's 30 years old now).

But even though Star Wars had built an empire based on merchandising - as Spaceballs was more than happy to point out - Lone Starr himself wasn't too familiar with it. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter about the movie's thirtieth anniversary, actor Bill Pullman conjured up all his favorite memories of making Spaceballs alongside John Candy, Rick Moranis, and Brooks. Apparently, he never caught any of the movies he was parodying while the film was being made:

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"I missed it the first time around. I just needed Mel to tell me what was going on. I didn't need to see Star Wars to know what the whole thing was."
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Not it that it matters much in the long run, because Spaceballs was a fantastic comedy regardless, and Pullman's Han Solo/Luke Skywalker fusion was just one of the many great parts of the film. From the sound of things, Lone Starr was a tougher character to put together, and not just because the actor hadn't seen the source material. Pullman recalls that Mel Brooks had some difficulties with him:

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"I think Mel was having trouble writing Lone Starr. It was the last character he felt conformable with because there wasn't a voice or shtick or something that was clear. So we worked hard. I had to bump up my game fast because I had never worked in Mel's style before.

I remember at one point during rehearsals Mel asked, 'Does this tire you out?' I must have had a look of exhaustion. I told him I was fine, and he said 'Well, I just don't want you to be doing the press tour and go, 'Oh, I know how to play the line now!' And just that term, 'I know how to play the line now' taught me a lot."
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The full interview contains other bits of trivia and stories from production, from Barf's (John Candy's) technical difficulties with his ears and tails to Brooks' impressive five minute power naps (Pullman said he'd never seen anything like it). And Lone Starr's father's brother's nephew's former roommate, Dark Helmet, apparently had to tone down his humor because Rick Moranis was raunchier than even Brooks was willing to get.

Spaceballs has become slightly more relevant than usual nowadays, mostly because of the massive Star Wars resurgence that The Force Awakens jumpstarted. Brooks recently said that MGM has expressed some interest in a sequel, but it could be far away at this point. Don't expect things to move at ludicrous speed, is what we're saying.

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