Spaceballs Poster # 5 Lone Starr, Princess Vespa, Dot Matrix and Barf!


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Bill Pullman got the part of Lone Starr when Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft saw a play that he was in. Brooks had been unsuccessfully trying to sign on big-name actors such as Tom Cruise and Tom Hanks for the film. Pullman said, “I think Mel was hurt that they didn’t take him up on it… but then it attracted two of the big comics at that time: John Candy and Rick Moranis. Once that was secured, then he said, ‘heck, I’ll get somebody nobody knows!’ And I got a chance to do it.” Daphne Zuniga initially found Brooks’s film parodies “too crass and not too funny,” but after working with Brooks, she said, “I have this image of Mel as totally wacko and out to lunch. And he is. But he’s also really perceptive, real sensitive in ways that make actors respond.”

Princess Vespa resembles Princess Leia in her noble heritage and her love/hate relationship with Lone Starr/Han Solo. She is a Druish princess (a play on Jewish princess), a caricature of a spoiled young Jewish-American woman. She was pampered by her father and is used to a life of luxury, which includes a Mercedes-Benz spaceship. Her hooked nose was changed by rhinoplasty as a 16th birthday present. In one scene, she appears to have a hairstyle similar to Princess Leia in Star Wars, but it is revealed that she is actually wearing a pair of earphones.

Near mint condition.