Leslie Barbara has some memorable scenes in “Police Academy”. The character is known for developing courage throughout the film. One iconic scene has him show much reluctance for being a test dummy in Lt. Callahan’s self-defense class.
Donovan Scott, the actor who starred as Barbara, could not have been more different. During his audition, Scott performed a forward cartwheel, landing on his back and earning himself a role in the film. According to Wilson, he was so impressed with the actor’s willingness to put himself forward that he gave Scott the role.
Pranking Kyle Blankes
Pranks were commonplace within the film. And clearly, this sense of humor and good fun extended to the cast themselves. In fact, the production had no issues with including plot holes and gaps in the storyline – the more, the merrier.
After Mahoney is reprimanded for pulling a prank on Karen Thompson, an announcement is made stating, “Lieutenant Hoffman, report immediately to the infirmary.” There is no lieutenant or even cadet by the name of Hoffman. The crew was just having fun and pranking Brant von Hoffman, who played Kyle Blankes.
Lassard Is Really Just Lardass
You might be disappointed to learn that there is no family name or surname such as Lassard. There is a very similar ‘Lessard’, which hails from a province in the south of France. Clearly, the “Police Academy” production was willing to go to great lengths to poke fun at inept police with the character Commandant Lassard.
You probably remember that Commandant Lassard is actually the head of the Metropolitan Police Academy. Despite his superior role, the character’s name was inspired by nothing more than the anagram of “lard ass”.
The Pranks Continue
“Police Academy” is one of the films just known for its crew’s clowning about, sense of humor, and practical jokes – lots and lots of practical jokes. An unknown name probably to audiences – unless you’re the type to watch till all the credits’ role – is Steve Shewchuk.
The name ‘Shewchuk’ has some resemblance to “Sweedchuck”. If you were quick, you’d notice “Sweedchuk: Fine European Tailoring” appeared on a window while Doug Fackler asks Tackleberry how he is doing. The production was clearly messing about and having fun with Steve Shewchuk who was the film’s set decorator.
How Long Is Cadet Training?
If you ask Commandant Lassard, you will probably never find out. Commandant Lassard is Head of the Metropolitan Police Academy (also referred to as the Midcity Police Academy). There is a running gag throughout the original film where Lassard speaks of the cadet training being 14 weeks and, on a later occasion, 24 weeks long. Numbers may not be one of Lassard’s strengths.
He deploys his cadets to the wrong number, putting them in danger. Despite all of these mishaps, Lassard insists that he “never forgets a number”.