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1. Leslie Nielsen was hired for a very specific reason
By Matt M. The film is now 38 years old! Robert Stack, Lloyd Bridges and Peter Graves were all chosen for their roles alongside Leslie Nielsen as they were all known as serious actors, which meant that their straightness in their delivery of lines was perfect for what the producers wanted! Unsurprisingly, airlines did not really want Airplane on their list of films for their in-flight entertainment. However, Aeromexico were the one airline who did purchase the film for theirs! The professional basketball player, Karim Abdul-Jabbar was deliberately cast as a reference to ex-professional footballer Elroy Hirsch who was cast as a pilot in the serious airplane disaster film, Zero Hour! Following the film, Karim Abdul-Jabbar asked to sit up front in an empty seat in the cockpit on a European flight so that the crew could say they had flown with Roger Murdoch! This was obviously a little inaccurate but got the point across that it was a zany comedy.
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Welp, we ranked all the jokes in Airplane! We all sat down and watched Airplane! We input every joke into a Google Excel Sheet, gave each joke a score from 1—10 whole numbers only , set the document to automatically average the score for each joke, and, after the movie was over, we sorted the jokes from highest to lowest average score. There were seven of us, all of whose careers are more-or-less involved in comedy writing and filmmaking. None of whom have made anything nearly as good as Airplane! I guess something had to be the lowest ranked joke in Airplane! Also tied for worst joke, coming from Johnny, one of the funniest characters in Airplane!. Statistically, just a slightly better joke than the Ronald Reagan one.
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