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Mel Brooks [11]

Born:June 28, 1926 (95)
Filmography Rating:7.21 / 10
IMDB Rating:6.98 / 10
Amazon Rating:4.35 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:75.77%
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List of Titles and Roles/Jobs:
Young Frankenstein [1974](48) => Director / Writer / Werewolf / Cat Hit by Dart / Victor Frankenstein (voice) (uncredited)
The Muppet Movie [1979](53) => Professor Max Krassman
Spaceballs [1987](61) => Director / Writer / President Skroob / Yogurt
Robin Hood: Men in Tights [1993](67) => Director / Writer / Rabbi Tuckman
It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie [2002](76) => Joe Snow (voice)
Robots [2005](79) => Bigweld (voice)
Get Smart [2008](82) => Characters
Mr. Peabody & Sherman [2014](88) => Albert Einstein  (voice)
Hotel Transylvania 2 [2015](89) => Vlad  (voice)
Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation [2018](92) => Vlad (voice)
Toy Story 4 [2019](93) => Melephant Brooks (voice)

Trivia that mentions this person:
The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad [1988]
  • While impersonating an umpire, the batter swings back and hits Frank in the face. This joke was suggested by Mel Brooks.
    Spaceballs [1987]
  • When Dark Helmet asks for transformation into Mega Maid, Colonel Sandurz says "Prepare for Metamorphosis". Then Dark Helmet says "Ready Kafka?" [?] Franz Kafka wrote a novel called The Metamorphosis. Mel Brooks also makes an obscure reference to The Metamorphosis in The Producers.
  • The scene in which Dark Helmet (Rick Moranis) is playing with his dolls was not in the script. Mel Brooks came up with the idea on the set one day, and told it to Moranis, who then improvised the entire scene, including the dialogue.
  • Mel Brooks asked George Lucas's permission before spoofing Star Wars. George Lucas trusted Mel Brooks to make the film after reading the script, because he loved Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein. Lucas said that he could only make this film if no merchandise was manufactured which is why all the movie related products are shown in the movie. Said merchandising shown in the movie: - bed sheet - flame thrower - lunch box - cornflakes - towels - Yogurt figure - toilet paper - shaving cream - place mat - action figures.
  • In the DVD commentary, Mel Brooks talks about how difficult it was playing the Yogurt character. The gold-colored makeup gave him a terrible rash on his face and neck, also his knees were hurting constantly since he had to walk around on his knees even though he was wearing kneepads. Brooks also goes on to say that in spite of the difficulties, he enjoyed playing as Yogurt tremendously and that it was all worth it.
  • Every time Dark Helmet has his face covered, his voice is lower and more basal, similar to James Earl Jones when he played Darth Vader. In the DVD commentary, Mel Brooks says that the idea of Dark Helmet's voice changing whenever his face was covered was actually Rick Moranis' idea.
  • A full face mask resembling a wrinkled bulldog was originally constructed for the character of Barf, but Mel Brooks quipped that 'if they were going to hide John Candy behind a mask, he might as well hire someone else for half the price'. A nose and upper lip piece was tried next, which Candy approved but again Brooks did not. They finally settled on animatronic ears connected to a hairpiece, a small nose application and a patch over one eye just like the dog from the [Our Gang] shorts. The 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.
    Young Frankenstein [1974]
  • The cast and especially Mel Brooks had so much fun and were so upset when principal photography was almost completed, that Mel Brooks added scenes to continue shooting.
  • Gene Wilder conceived the "Puttin' on the Ritz" scene, while Mel Brooks was resistant to it, feeling it detracted from the fidelity to Universal horror films in the rest of the film. It was only when he saw it with a howling audience that Brooks was confident about the sequence.
  • The idea of Frederick's dart hitting a cat was ad-libbed on set. When Gene Wilder threw his dart off camera, director Mel Brooks quickly screamed like a cat to create the illusion.
    Hotel Transylvania 2 [2015]
  • Mel Brooks plays the voice of "Vlad", aka "Dracula". Brooks directed Young Frankenstein and Dracula: Dead and Loving It.
    Robin Hood: Men in Tights [1993]
  • This is the second Dick Van Patten role~ in a Mel Brooks film that he participated in a wedding. In this role, he is the officiating Abbot. In Spaceballs, he is King Roland, father of the bride.
  • Sir Patrick Stewart plays King Richard talking in a thick Scottish accent, a reference to Sir Sean Connery's performance in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. Some critics found Connery's accent inappropriate for the role, since King Richard would not have spoken with a Scottish burr (thus providing comedic fodder for Mel Brooks). Technically, an English accent would have been no more appropriate than Sir Sean Connery's Scottish accent and a French accent would have been best for Richard (and any other nobles of the time, possibly including Robin), as "English" did not yet exist as a language and English nobles spoke Anglo-Norman, a dialect of Old French, while the common folk spoke Old-English, an Anglo-Frisian tongue that has more in common with Old Norse than with Modern English.
    Hot Lead & Cold Feet [1978]
  • The tagline on posters for this film reads "A blazing saga of Hot Lead and Cold Feet", obviously meant to connect with Mel Brooks' earlier western comedy hit Blazing Saddles (1974).
    Toy Story 4 [2019]
  • Cooley says of landing four comedy legends as voice actors: Mel Brooks, Carol Burnett, Carl Reiner and Betty White. "We still can't believe they actually said yes." "And they'll get "considerable screen time," says producer [?] Mark Nielsen, when they reprise their roles in a short film, planned for November release, titled "Forky Asks a Question."
  • Comedy legends Carol Burnett, Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner and Betty White were added to the cast to voice a set of four toys that Bonnie played with as a toddler but had since outgrew, acting as "veteran" toys to help Woody prepare for when the same happens to him. The (unspoken) names of their characters are mashups of their real names and what they are: Melephant Brooks, Chairol Burnett, Carl Rhinoceros and Bitey White.
    Jojo Rabbit [2019]
  • Mel Brooks, the creator of The Producers (1967), praised the film in his speech at the AFI awards in Jan 2020: "I just saw Jojo Rabbit (2019), and it's really a terrific and eloquent and beautiful picture."