Allen: At first I thought there were two Sigourney Weavers. Literally, what was she thinking? It looked like a smaller movie at first. She had just come off one of the “Aliens,” and I said why would she do this?
"Galaxy Quest zoomed into the theaters this Holiday season with all the promise of another installment of The Phantom. (Slam Evil!) It stars Tim Allen. Yuck. Its trailer made it seem less intelligent than an episode of Beavis and Butthead. Lame. Truth told, you looked at it, and decided to go see Deuce Bigalow for the third time.
Well you woulda made mistake, because Galaxy Quest is hysterical.
I'm not quite sure how it happened. All the elements for a total flop are there. sci-fi humor has historically had as much success as movies about cheese. Movies about TV shows have recently been the dregs of the movie-going season. (Mod Squad anyone?) Tim Allen is still Tim Allen.
And yet the magic is there. Tim Allen plays a pompous, untalented hack actor. So he's really well cast. Alan Rickman plays the Shakespearean actor whose career has been lowered forever by playing roles beneath his ability. So he's perfectly cast. (Robin Hood: Prince of Surfers anyone?) Sigourney Weaver plays the buxom blond sex object, so she's...wait."
Tony Shalhoub (Fred Kwan/Tech Sgt. Chen): Initially, I went in to audition for Guy Fleegman. Then they cast Sam [and] offered me the part of the Asian guy. I said, “I’m not going to play an Asian guy, but I’ll play a guy that plays an Asian. How about that?”
Pyle: I heard that Spielberg was there. He came and then he saw my character and makeup and decided she should be a bigger part. I was only supposed to be in two scenes and then they realized they didn’t have another female except Sigourney Weaver. And I just think, “Am I in a dream, because this is ridiculous?” So they added the relationship with Tony Shalhoub’s character.
Weaver: Tell Bob, tell Dean, we are all ready for a sequel. I still have my costume!
You have not watched this movie, truly, until you've seen in Thermian without subtitles.
"I remember that sound. That's a bad sound."
"Look. I have one job on this lousy ship. It's stupid, but I'm going to do it, okay?"
Rockwell: We all went to a big 20th anniversary of “Alien” with Sigourney.
Weaver: I actually wanted to go as Gwen, but I wore regular clothes. But I did keep on the blonde wig.
Mitchell: The part in “Alien” when Sigourney was in her panties? Tim shouts out “Yeah, baby!” Now here we are in an intense moment, trying to act like we didn’t see it, having some dignity – and Tim screams “Yeah, baby!” Everybody started laughing.
Rockwell: Tim really liked saying, “Yeah, baby.”
And I roared when the shirt came off, and [co-star] Sigourney [Weaver] rolls her eyes and says, 'There goes that shirt again.' ...How often did we hear that on the set? [Laughs.]
Etrigan: He's just Spielberg
Etrigan: Try reading the whole sentence and see whether that remotely parses.
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