Hank Azaria and Shawn Levy, the co-star and director of Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian, recently told reporters that they were surprised that their characters were given permission to face against both Star Wars’s Darth Vader and Sesame Street’s Oscar the Grouch.
Azaria and Levy spoke alongside screenwriters Ben Garant and Tom Lennon and cast members Robin Williams, Ricky Gervais, Ben Stiller and Amy Adams at a press conference.
SciFi Wire reports:
Ben Stiller: With Darth Vader, didn’t George Lucas have to say it was OK?
Shawn Levy: Oh, yeah. We literally had to go to the top of the food chain with both at Sesame Street and George Lucas, and they said yes. It was always this hilarious scene where Darth Vader was going to try the choking gesture [on Kahmunrah] from Star Wars, but then Hank riffed all the stuff about Vader being an asthmatic and wearing a cape. Are we going to the opera?
Ben Stiller: Did George Lucas have to approve the final version?
Ricky Gervais: There’s a lawsuit coming. [laughs] [Edit: We think this is a joke.]
Hank Azaria: Yeah, but all the Jar Jar [Binks] stuff was taken out. [This is also a joke.]
How’d Darth Vader and Oscar the Grouch end up in Museum 2?
(via SciFi Wire)