Newswire: Bill Pullman had never seen Star Wars when he starred in Spaceballs

This weekend marks the 30th anniversary of the release of Spaceballs, Mel Brooks’ beloved mixed bag of a Star Wars spoof. To commemorate the occasion, The Hollywood Reporter had a conversation with star Bill Pullman about the film’s technical details, his own nerves about taking on what was only his second major film role, and comedic conflicts between Brooks and stars John Candy and Rick Moranis.

“Rick really pushed the envelope more than Mel would,” Pullman said in the interview. “I think it was a part of him being younger and edgier. Mel’s style was more ‘let’s refine the line,’ but he would let Rick riff. Rick and John had more of a conceptual style. Sometimes it would be tense. No one wants to say ‘that’s not funny’ when you’re working.”

Brooks also occasionally expressed doubts about the film’s lead, Han Solo/Luke Skywalker …

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