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Cameo: [Billy Dee Williams] Judge Reinhold, played Lando Calrissian. (

When dedicating the statue of Captain Kirk versus Kahn, Linus jokes that it looks nothing like either of them, to which Seth Rogen's character states "Yes, thank you for pointing that out. Unfortunately the wh*res at Viacom threatened to sue if we used their likenesses..." This is an in-joke, due to the fact that none of the "Trekkies" wear official Star Trek clothing and the Star Fleet symbol looks nothing like the one from Star trek. (

The passenger side door of the van has the word "fanboys" written on it in the 'Star Wars' Aurebesh alphabet and mirrored. (

Jay Baruchel's hairstyle and eyeglasses are meant to evoke George Lucas' appearance in the 1970s. (

The "Fanboys" theatrical release poster (the unidentified male in a knit shirt looking toward his right shoulder in a Darth Vader helmet, against an orange sunburst background) is a spoof of the theatrical release poster for The 40 Year Old v*rgin (2005) (with 'Steve Carrell' appearing in similar clothing and posing against a similar background), the idea being conveyed that fan boys are the quintessential "40-year-old v*rgins". (

The sound effect made by the van during "hyperjump" is the same as R2D2's fast sound effect. (

The town they live in is Shandal, Ohio, which is an anagram of Ashland, Ohio. (

Jason Mewes:  emerges from the gas station bathroom and yells at Kevin Smith. (

During the fight between our heroes and the Star Trek (1966) fans at the dedication of the Captain James T. Kirk statue, Spock's ears are ripped off. This is reminiscent of the 1976 Saturday Night Live (1975) skit titled "The Last Voyage of the Starship Enterprise" where Spock's (played by Chevy Chase) ears are removed as Spock calls out, "My ears!", as part of the dismantling of the Star Trek (1966) set and series cancellation. (

Billy Dee Williams:  Judge Reinhold, played Lando Calrissian. (

The Canadian rock band Rush is featured somewhat prominently in several scenes in the movie. Rush is a group that has developed a very large, very cult-like following of mostly male "fanboys". (

According to, the "Mississippi Handbag" is an in-joke inserted by the film's writers. (

Carrie Fisher:  Doctor, played Princess Leia. (

The additional shots made in November and December 2007, weren't done by original director Kyle Newman but by Steven Brill. (

The coffee shop where Windows meets Rogue Leader is called "Java the Hut." This isn't just a clever play on words involving the Star Wars character, it's also the name of the coffee shop where Kristen Bell's character worked in Veronica Mars (2004). (

Originally Jorge Garcia was attached to play Harry Knowles, but scheduling conflicts with Lost (2004) caused him to turn down the role. Then, Kevin Smith stepped in and was reportedly very enthusiastic, but some last-minute editing for Clerks II (2006) forced him to step down. (

The security guards at Lucas Ranch dress in the security uniforms from THX 1138 (1971), one of George Lucas' early directorial efforts. (

Ray Park:  Head guard at Lucas ranch, played Darth Maul. (

The original release date was set to be in 2006. It was then pushed back to February 2007, then August 2007, then January 2008 and after the final cut was screened at San Diego Comic Con in July 2008, it was announced it was supposed to be released in September 2008. Then it was once again pushed back to November 2008 until it was finally (and very limitedly) released in February 2009. (

In summer 2007, the Weinstein Company decided to reshoot scenes for the movie, about one and a half year after the original shooting wrapped. The Weinstein Company planned to do reshoots, because they wanted a comedy that appealed to the masses, and especially a younger audience. Harvey Weinstein felt that Kyle Newman's original movie version did not fulfill this. Therefore he ordered the reshoots. (

Hutch's van is named Bucephalas. Bucephalas was the name of Alexander the Great's horse. (

When the doctor (Carrie Fisher) gives Linus the bottle of pills with directions he kisses her full on the lips. Then he says "I love you." The Doctor replies "I know." these two lines appear in the Empire Strikes back and also in Return of the Jedi. Leia says to Han "I love you" right before he is frozen in carbonite. Han replies "I know." In Jedi, the roles are reversed, with Han saying I love you, and Leia saying I know, just after she shows Han her blaster when they are cornered at the "back entrance" by the Empire forces. (

The movement that opposed Harvey Weinstein's cut of the movie was called the Stop Darth Weinstein campaign (

The license plate on Hutch's van reads "Slave 2." This is a subtle reference to the starship flown by bounty hunter Boba Fett in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980). (

In the original plot, Linus was battling cancer and wouldn't live long enough to see the new Star Wars-movie in its theatrical release and therefore the friends want to get a copy of it. Producer Harvey Weinstein opposed this version and re-cut the original removing all references to cancer. Fans were so enraged about this, that they threatened to boycott Superhero Movie (2008), another Weinstein Co. project. Linus's cancer was not removed from the final version of the film. (

A original version of Kyle Newman's version of the movie, without any reshoots, was screened at Star Wars Celebration Europe in 2007. (

A scene that was present in Kyle Newman's original version of the movie, but is absent from the final cut, features Linus who accepts his fate and throws the pills given to him by the Doctor into a canyon. (

Kevin Smith:  Man outside truck stop bathroom, a director who references Star Wars a lot. (

The scene with the Star Trek (1966) fans in full costume dedicating the Captain James T. Kirk birthplace statue as they confront the Star Wars (1977) fans was shot on location in the Town Square Park Plaza of Las Vegas, New Mexico. You can see the historic Plaza Hotel in the background in certain shots. This spot is also roughly where the Cuban commander and Russian general are standing when the storefront explodes in Red Dawn (1984) . (

An early promotional poster of this movie said "Coming To Our Galaxy in 2007". It was never released that year. (

Although original director Kyle Newman was brought back to the editing room after re-shoots were done by Steven Brill and the final cut included the cancer storyline, which The Weistein Company actually wanted to be erased from the movie, the movie that was screened in theaters is still not Kyle Newman's original version of the movie. (

William Katt, whose scene was deleted and re-shot but still available in the deleted scenes portion of the DVD, would have provided another tie-in to Star Wars (1977) had it remained in the movie as Katt auditioned for the part of Luke Skywalker. (

The music in the film is credited to Mark Mothersbaugh. Mothersbaugh is the vocalist for, and founding member of, the New-Wave band Devo. (

In the DVD's deleted scene with William Katt as the head of security, the red phone he uses is a 1980s Merlin electronic game. (

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