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  • Follow the Leader: One of several films shamelessly following in the footsteps of the 1979 hit Life of Brian with its spoofing of religion and/or Biblical epics; others included Marty Feldman's televangelist spoof In God We Tru$t and the Ancient Rome stretch of History of the World Part I. It's generally seen as the most inept of the bunch, though, and it's certainly the most obvious imitator.
  • Star-Derailing Role: Averted for Dudley Moore. This was his first film after his international breakout in Ten, and actually opened well at the box office, but it still lost about $2.5 million when all was said and done. The aversion is that his next film — Arthur (1981) — ended up being a bigger hit than anyone could have anticipated.
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  • Wag the Director: After showing up very late, Richard Pryor reportedly re-wrote/improvised most of the dialogue for his cameo as The Pharaoh, along with refusing to have a trained lion on the set with him.
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