This piece of trivia you must know, as it is the most infamous of “Police Academy.” The stuntman who was supposed to play the irate driver who Hightower bumps into was found passed out after heavy drinking. Director Hugh Wilson decided to make sure the show would go on by playing the angry driver himself.
Wilson was probably not pleased with the drunk stuntman but audiences loved seeing the director make a convincing angry driver.
Almost every scene contains an easter egg that if you look away for a moment, you will miss! One such example is when Larvell Jones is playing the imaginary harmonica.
You will remember this is just after Carey Mahoney and Jones meet for the first time. After Mahoney is taken away, Jones begins playing the non-existent harmonica. A kid walks by donning a green *M*A*S*H shirt. This is an easter egg alluding to fellow cast member G.W. Bailey (playing Lt. Harris) who made the line-up for *M*A*S*H.
Kim Cattrall’s Finest Work
You might remember actress Kim Cattrall from her role as Samantha Jones in the series “Sex and the City” and its two subsequent films. What you might not remember is that this actress had one of her first breaks in the original “Police Academy”.
The star had had some appearances on TV series such as “Charlie's Angels”. What is interesting is that Cattrell said of all her roles in other movies, this is her favorite. Based on the ratings of other Cattral films, the critics tend to agree.
There is a scene featuring Laverne Hooks saying, “I'll bet there's a back door to this place”. She then proceeds to try and open the door but even after several attempts, the door won’t budge.
Only after repeated tries, Hooks manages to open the jammed door. This scene was not originally in the screenplay, but after speeding it up, production decided to keep it in. With the increased pacing, it proved to be the right choice as the scene increased both the humor and tension.
One of the iconic elements of “Police Academy” is its movie poster. Drew Struzman had been a well-established movie poster artist coming up with designs for blockbusters and epics such as “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial”, “Indiana Jones” and “Back to the Future” franchises.
Struzman’s artistry was equally made for comedies such as the “Police Academy”. His poster is credited with capturing the quirks and strange antics of this collection of oddball officers. The artist did such a good job that he went on to do the posters for three of the “Police Academy” films.