FEATURE: GALAXY QUEST

From Ultimate DVD #16 • review in issue

Galaxy Quest: a corny sci-fi TV series that ran for four years in the late ’70s, until it was cancelled. But the fans stayed loyal, idolizing the stars who played the motley group of TV heroes. Their careers in tatters, these actors earned their living attending Galaxy Quest conventions… until their greatest fans arrived from another world, seeking their help...

Galaxy Quest's stars form an away team

Meet the actors who play the actors who play the characters in the outrageous pastiche of the whole Star Trek fan phenomenon…

Featured: LT TAWNY MADISONDR LAZARUS
In print: Cdr. Taggart • Lt Laredo • Sgt. Chen

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Sigourney Weaver on the film's premise:
“These down and out actors, who used to be on this sci-fi TV show which was cancelled a while ago, their lives really consist of going from one convention to another and they hate each other. In the middle of all this, a group of fans – they think – come down and invite them to take a look at the replica they made of their spaceship

“They end up taking us into space and they are being invaded by this villain named Sarris. They think the shows they have seen are historical documents of our little band actually saving the universe.

"So even though we are terrible cowards and we don’t know what we’re doing, we end up having to save these guys and actually become the heroes we are pretending to be.”

On going blonde for the role:
“I suggested that we make her a blonde, cat-suited creature – a sort of homage to the great blondes that figured prominently in those series of the Seventies and Eighties, and also Jane Fonda in Barbarella. I figured her job had to be mostly ornamental. She’s sort of her own worst enemy because she does all the things that blonde bombshells do. She put her best assets forwards as it were, and it’s very hard for them to take her seriously.”

Do blondes have more fun?
“I’m afraid I did. I think being blonde did something to me mentally. I found that I was very bouncy and perky and outgoing. Usually I’m sort of shy! It’s a less threatening image in a way; brunettes maybe look a little more mysterious.”

LT TAWNY MADISON

Position:
Communications Officer on the NSEA Protector

But...
Her sole purpose is to repeat information from the ship’s computer

Played by:
Faded Hollywood star Gwen DeMarco

Sigourney as Gwen as Tawny: karate chop!

Who’s Really Played by:
Top movie actress Sigourney Weaver

Whose other DVDs include:
The Alien Legacy, Dave, 1942: Conquest of Paradise, Annie Hall, Jeffrey, Ghostbusters I and II, The Ice Storm, Copycat

DR LAZARUS

Position:
Half human, half reptilian science officer from Tev’Meck

But...
He gets lumbered with all the jargon and alien philosophy

Played by:
Horribly typecast has-been Alexander Dane

Rickman as Dane as Lazarus

Who’s Really Played by:
Top British export and character actor Alan Rickman

Alan Rickman on beaming aboard for Galaxy Quest:
“I just thought, ‘What a brilliant idea. How come nobody has done this before?’ It was incredible that that one slipped through the net. It is a great idea and genuinely funny on the page. I just wanted to do some comedy.”

On wearing the prosthetic designed by Stan Winston:
“I thought it was important for it to be good enough to convince the aliens who believe we’re the real thing, but also cheesy enough to imagine that it was something he applied himself. I didn’t complain. I only had to take a look at the poor actor playing Sarris (Robin Sachs) who spent six hours in make-up and every hour or so was given a little wooden stool to sit on and smoked with a cigarette holder…”

On why Galaxy Quest is so funny:
“[It’s played] dead straight. That’s true comedy I think. If you do ‘nudge nudge, wink wink’, I don’t laugh. We are playing real people with real lives. You’ve got that as your guiding force all the time. It doesn’t matter how ridiculous the situation is – these are people who have to go and buy milk. These are real people caught up in an extraordinary situation.”

Rickman on sci-fi fans who imitate their heroes:
“I think it’s great that there are people who leave their boring old jobs and get dressed up in costumes and live a fantasy life for a moment. God knows that’s what I spend my life doing.”

Whose other DVDs include:
Dogma, Rasputin, Die Hard, Michael Collins, Sense and Sensibility