Spaceballs Poster # 6 Captain Lone Star Princess Vespa Bill Pullman Daphne Zuniga


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Captain Lone Starr combines traits from Star Wars’s two male heroes, Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and Han Solo (Harrison Ford), as well as Indiana Jones (also Ford). His name is derived from Isaac Asimov’s Lucky Starr series and the “Lone Star State” of Texas. He hails from the Ford Galaxy, in reference to Harrison Ford (who played Han Solo), and also a play on the Ford Galaxie, a car made by the Ford Motor Company. Lone Starr’s costume is intentionally misplaced, resembling a Colonial Warrior from Battlestar Galactica and Ford’s Indiana Jones costume (he is seen wearing a cowboy hat in his first scene, which is set aside and not seen for the remainder of the film) rather than that of Han Solo or Luke Skywalker.

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.

When Lone Starr, Barf, Dot, and Princess Vespa enter the tomb, Dot gets scared and says, “Goodbye, folks! Lemme know how it turns out!” when Yogurt’s statue blows out fire. This is a parody of the scene where Dorothy, the Cowardly Lion, the Tinman, and the Scarecrow meet the Great Oz in The Wizard of Oz. 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.”

Near mint condition.