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Mel Brooks was worried about getting George Lucas's approval to make the movie. Lucas, however, was cool with it...on one condition: No merchandising.
Acting for Two: Mel Brooks himself, playing both Yogurt and President Skroob.
Actor Allusion: John Hurt plays a patron in "Gus's Galaxy Grill" who had the special. He even says " Oh no, not again!"
Defictionalization: Perhaps President Skroob's "Perri-Air" inspired Chen Guangbiao to sell canned air in increasingly-polluted Beijing, China.
Directed by Cast Member: Mel Brooks as both Yoghurt and President Skroob.
Hey, It's That Guy!
The Spaceball combing the desert who says "We ain't found shit!" is Tim Russ, years before he would play Tuvok on .
Star Trek: Voyager The second Spaceball from that scene that says "Not a thing, sir!" and the Spaceball on Dark Helmet's right that helps him up after the Ludicrous Speed meltdown is Rob Paulsen!
Not to mention Michael "That Sound Effects Guy From " Winslow manning the Mr. Radar.
Police Academy And Dom De Luise as the dreaded Pizza the Hutt. Of course, Dom DeLuise was part of Mel Brooks' Production Posse.
Dr. Schlotkins's sexy nurse is none other than Brenda Strong.
And who could forget President Whitmore as Lone Starr?
How about Joan Rivers looking more natural than at any other point in her career?
The robot itself was actually Lorene Yarnell of Shields and Yarnell.
While uncredited from the final product, Michael York is the Ape that says "There goes the planet!" Similarly, John Hurt also appears as a parody of his character from .
Alien Stephen Tobolowsky as the "You captured their stunt doubles!" guy.
One of Yogurt's minions is Marcus the midgit accomplice from Bad Santa
Hey, It's That Voice!: The Japanese dubbed version has some hilarious casting choices, since many of them worked in sci-fi related stuff.
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Throw It In
The moment with Dark Helmet's dolls. Rick Moranis was handed the figures a few moments before the cameras rolled and told to do something funny.
Rick Moranis also came up with the idea to deepen his voice James Earl Jones-style every time he closed his helmet.
John Candy actually forgot to unbuckle his seatbelt leading to the "Oh, that's going to leave a mark." joke being the actor's comment...
You Look Familiar: Mel Brooks plays both President Skroob and Yogurt.
Lone Starr's Eagle 5 spaceship is a 1986 Winnebago Chieftain 33.
Technology Marches On
VHS? What is this VHS videotape you speak of?
Instant cassettes. They're out before the movie is finished.