Spaceballs is a 1987 American science fiction parody film co-written, produced and directed by Mel Brooks. Starring Brooks, Bill Pullman, John Candy, and Rick Moranis, the film also features Daphne Zuniga, Dick Van Patten, and the voice of Joan Rivers. In addition to Brooks in a supporting role, the film also features Brooks regulars Dom DeLuise and Rudy De Luca in cameo appearances. Let’s see how many of these facts you didn’t know about this iconic movie!
1. The scene in which Dark Helmet is playing with his dolls was not in the script.
Director Mel Brooks came up with the idea on the set one day and told it to Rick Moranis, who then improvised the entire scene, including the dialogue.
2. The Millennium Falcon from “Star Wars” makes a cameo appearance in this movie.
Given a close look at the exterior shot of the Space Diner and it can be spotted parked there among the other space vehicles. George Lucas got a chance to read the script before production began and loved it so much that he decided to have his special effects company, Industrial Light and Magic, help make the film.
3. Every time Dark Helmet has his face covered, his voice is lower and more basal, similar to James Earl Jones when he played Darth Vader.
In the DVD commentary, Mel Brooks says that the idea of Dark Helmet’s voice changing whenever his face was covered was actually Rick Moranis’s idea.
4. Mel Brooks came up with the idea because he had a desire to spoof a space movie.
Mel Brooks came up with the idea for this film when he discovered he had yet to spoof space movies, since he already “destroyed” the western films with Blazing Saddles (1974), made fun of the horror genre with Young Frankenstein (1974), and gave silent movies the ax with Silent Movie (1976).