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I've never understood this about Spaceballs

Old 05-14-08, 09:22 PM
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I've never understood this about Spaceballs

During the scene where the stunt doubles get caught, who the hell is the Spaceball captain? Is it just some random "gay" captain, and that's the joke because he's random? Why wasn't Helmet or Colonel Sanders used in that scene?

At one point, I even thought it might have been Colonel Sanders' stunt double. But he was referred to as Captain.

Or perhaps another Asshole?
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I was always under the impression that he was supposed to be a parody of the over-confident and somewhat effeminate Nazi commander who has just captured his Allied prisoners, hence the gloves and bored mannerisms.
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Old 05-15-08, 02:18 AM
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The Captain of the Guard is played by Stephen Tobolowsky, one of those fellas who makes his living as a hard-working character actor who chews up the scenery as Ned Ryerson in Groundhog Day and Werner Brandis in Sneakers. I'm pretty sure Spaceballs was one of his first movies.
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Originally Posted by dogmatica
The Captain of the Guard is played by Stephen Tobolowsky...

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Old 05-15-08, 11:00 AM
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Originally Posted by FinkPish
I was always under the impression that he was supposed to be a parody of the over-confident and somewhat effeminate Nazi commander who has just captured his Allied prisoners, hence the gloves and bored mannerisms.

Also, if you want to get closer to the source material, he could be a rip on either the over confident Star Destroyer commander in TESB that prematurely tells Vader he has the Falcon and gets a Force choke from Vader for his efforts, or the scenery chewing officer in ROTJ who capture Han and company in the bunker with the classic line "You Rebel scum!"
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