Spaceballs Movie Behind The Scenes

Making Spaceballs

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Go behind the scenes on the 1987 Comedy movie starring Mel Brooks, Rick Moranis, Bill Pullman, John Candy

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The Barf costume was operated by three people. John Candy operated Barf's tail using a hidden control in his paw, while two assistants each controlled an ear. Candy's costume was powered by a 30-pound battery that he wore on his back.
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To help lower the film's production costs, Dark Helmet's desert speeder was balanced on a large pane of glass to create the illusion that it was floating. The glass is plainly visible to anyone who looks for it.
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The scene in which Dark Helmet (Rick Moranis) is playing with his dolls was improvised by Moranis.
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The original title for "Spaceballs" was "Planet Moron". But it couldn't be used because there was a movie in England (maybe) named "Morons from outer space". Eventully, Mel Brooks said "Try to came up with some thing with space". Then Mel drop's something and said "Balls". Then the co-director (maybe again) said "That's it, "Spaceballs".
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Mel Brooks had a rather nasty allergy to the Yoghurt make-up, necessitating the shooting of all of Yoghurt's scenes out of sequence.
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Spaceballs parodied Star Wars a lot, so allegedly they needed permission from George Lucas to make this movie. He agreed, but only under condition that they could not make any Spaceballs merchandise. This is why the merchandising in the movie is such a long-running joke - not just when Yoghurt is showing off the range to other characters, but all the prop merchandise throughout the movie. Spaceballs the Towel, Spaceballs the Toilet Paper, etc. It's also why Yogurt (as played by Mel Brooks himself of course) said merchandising is "where the real money from the movie is made".

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Deleted Scenes

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Alternate Versions

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