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  • Actor-Shared Background: Alexander Dane's resentment of being Typecast following his famous television role reflects on his actor Alan Rickman similarly trying to avoid typecasting as a villain following his Star-Making Role as Hans Gruber in Die Hard. Also, both Dane and Rickman came from Shakespearian acting backgrounds.
  • Approval of God: The film won over many Star Trek actors:
    I had originally not wanted to see Galaxy Quest because I heard that it was making fun of Star Trek, and then Jonathan Frakes rang me up and said "You must not miss this movie! See it on a Saturday night in a full theatre." And I did, and of course I found it was brilliant. Brilliant. No one laughed louder or longer in the cinema than I did, but the idea that the ship was saved and all of our heroes in that movie were saved simply by the fact that there were fans who did understand the scientific principles on which the ship worked was absolutely wonderful. And it was both funny and also touching in that it paid tribute to the dedication of these fans.
    I've had flashbacks of Galaxy Quest at the many conventions I've gone to since the movie came out. I thought it was an absolute laugh-a-minute.
    I thought it was very funny, and I thought the audience that they portrayed was totally real, but the actors that they were pretending to be were totally unrecognisable. Certainly I don't know what Tim Allen was doing. He seemed to be the head of a group of actors, and for the life of me I was trying to understand who he was imitating. The only one I recognized was the girl playing Nichelle Nichols.
    I loved Galaxy Quest. I thought it was brilliant satire, not only of Trek, but of fandom in general. The only thing I wish they had done was cast me in it, and have me play a freaky fanboy who keeps screaming at the actor who played 'the kid' about how awful it was that there was a kid on the spaceship. Alas.
    I think it's a chillingly realistic documentary. [laughs] The details in it, I recognized every one of them. It is a powerful piece of documentary filmmaking. And I do believe that when we get kidnapped by aliens, it's going to be the genuine, true Star Trek fans who will save the day. ... I was rolling in the aisles. And Tim Allen had that Shatner-esque swagger down pat. And I roared when the shirt came off, and Sigourney rolls her eyes and says, "There goes that shirt again". ... How often did we hear that on the set? [Laughs]"
  • Awesome, Dear Boy: Although Alan Rickman hated sci-fi as a genre, he could not resist taking part in this film as he found the material very funny.
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  • Cast the Runner-Up: Tony Shalhoub originally auditioned for Guy Fleegman, but Sam Rockwell won the role, and Shalhoub was cast as Fred Kwan instead.
  • Channel Hop: The film was originally going to be made at Disney.
  • Deleted Scene: Several:
    • Mars Needs Women: When Jason Nesmith and Gwen DeMarco are attempting to shut down the reactor, they are held up by two of Sarris' men. One of them is strangely attracted to Gwen, which disgusts the other one, who claims that he'd sooner mate with an animal. ("Yes... I know.") Gwen is disgusted by the first one's attraction — and pissed off at the second one's insult, so she makes the ship's computer squash them underneath a blast door.
    • Nobody Poops: Lampshaded in one scene, where Quellek mentions to Alexander that Earth's "historical documents" did not contain any information regarding waste facilities on the ship and "we extrapolated based on your anatomy" — revealing what looked to be the most horrendously painful toilet ever created.
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    • Placebo Eureka Moment: A Thermian crew member has one of these while being tested by Tech Sergeant Chen doing a Parrot Exposition.
    • The Power of Acting: When Jason is fighting the rock monster, Alexander's advice is to attempt to figure out its "motivation". One deleted scene shows Alex "entering the mind" of the rock monster through method acting, deducing that what it really wants is peace and quiet. And, as the climax of the film reveals, he was right.
    • Reliably Unreliable Guns: Guy has to watch over knocked out Sarris, but when the baddie awakes his gun jams and he curses himself with "Oh yep, knew that was gonna happen. BIG surprise!"
    • Stripperiffic: In the film we see Gwen's uniform undergo Clothing Damage. In a Deleted Scene, she uses it to her advantage. Funnily enough, removing this scene leads to Gwen's shirt suddenly being unzipped for no apparent reason, just like the character type she's mocking.
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  • Directed by Cast Member: The Mexican Spanish dub was directed by Javier Rivero, who voiced Mathesar in the dub.
  • Doing It for the Art: The film pays incredible attention to the minute details of the franchise and fandom it's poking fun at. For example, in the opening credits of the revamped Galaxy Quest show seen at the very end of the movie, most of the cast get brand new, properly fitted, uniforms that are seen for all of three seconds each.
  • Enforced Method Acting: When the crew first arrives on the ship and Guy screams in terror, Sigourney Weaver nearly jumps out of her skin in shock. Apparently the director (purposely) didn't tell her that that was about to happen.
  • Fake Nationality: Parodied with Lebanese-American Tony Shalhoub playing Chinese-named Fred Kwan/Sgt. Chen, a reference to Japanese-American George Takei playing totally not Japanese-named Sulu on Star Trek, Englishman Patrick Stewart playing French Jean-Luc Picard on TNG, and Canadian James Doohan playing Scotty, a Scotsman.
    • Kwan isn't even his real name. He visibly squints for the camera in an attempt to make his eyes look Asian, which doesn't really help as Shalhoub's eyes naturally curve downwards.
  • Fan Nickname: Star Trek 10.
  • Follow the Leader: The Galaxy Quest TV show, from which the film draws names and tech nomenclature, is a close copy of Star Trek: The Original Series because the show's creator hoped to replicate the older series' syndication power.
  • Looping Lines: The "chompers" scene features Gwen seeing the completely nonsensical hallway full of banging metal blocks and exclaiming, "Screw that!"—except that from the movement of her mouth it's entirely clear that she originally said "fuck". Presumably the line was looped to keep the film to a PG rating. There are also a couple of other lines in the film that don't disguise the dub as well.
  • Name's the Same: A very different Jason Nesmith is a singer-songwriter, and son of The Monkees' Michael Nesmith.
  • Playing Against Type:
    • Sigourney Weaver stated that her role was a parody of her iconic role as Ripley. Gwen was the opposite of the progressive sci-fi heroine, being a "dumb blonde".
    • Alan Rickman, who normally plays dark, emotionless characters and often villains, playing a sarcastic, dissatisfied (though ultimately heroic) actor in a comedy.
  • Prop Recycling: The robot on stage with Guy Fleegman at the movie's beginning is also one used in Toys. They are the back-up security system the uncle uses.
  • Reality Subtext: Alexander Dane's resentment of being typecast following his famous television role reflects on Alan Rickman similarly trying to avoid typecasting as a villain. Also, both Dane and Rickman came from Shakespearian acting backgrounds.
  • Throw It In!: The scene where Brandon rushes to throw out the trash was in the script but cut prior to production to save on time and costs. Then a very brief free moment opened up in the schedule and the decision was made to shoot it anyway; everyone rushed to film the scene in two takes at the very last minute.
  • Wag the Director: The film's script originally contained a mention of Alexander Dane having been knighted by Queen Elizabeth II. Alan Rickman asked that this be changed because he believed it was inconsistent with the character, and all mentions of the knighting were removed. However, the character is still listed in the credits as Sir Alexander Dane.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Prior to release, this movie was met with disdain by Trek Alumns, who assumed that this was going to be a mean-spirited parody of the show that made them famous and the fans of that show who love them. This perception quickly changed as it became apparent on release that this was instead an Affectionate Parody. Some expressed regret that they did not participate on the film in retrospect. Particularly Wil Wheaton who suggested he could have had a cameo where he insults Tommy Webber for his Teen Genius Kid-Appeal Character.
    • Harold Ramis was attached to the film as director at one point, and wanted to cast Alec Baldwin in the lead role, which he turned down. Steve Martin and Kevin Kline were considered, though Kline turned it down for family reasons. When Tim Allen was cast, Ramis left the project. After seeing the film, Ramis said he was ultimately impressed with Allen's performance.
    • According to Sigourney Weaver, the film was originally rated R, and included a sex scene. All of this was taken out to make it a more marketable family-comedy, but if you watch closely, you can see the over-dubbed swears.
    • Paul Rudd auditioned for a role.
  • Word of God: According to Tony Shalhoub, his Fantastically Indifferent performance as Fred Kwan was inspired by rumors of David Carradine being constantly stoned during the production of Kung Fu.
  • Working Title: Captain Starshine.


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