What History Taught Me

David Zucker, Writer, Director & Producer

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I’m not really obsessed with the Alamo. I just love the souvenir shop.

In all of my movies you will see a reference to Davy Crockett. His picture hangs on the wall of most of my movies, but that’s just a coincidence having to do with my bringing the picture to the set and having the grips hang it prominently on a wall. What are the odds? What is a grip?

Working with OJ Simpson was great. His acting was a lot like his murdering—he got away with it, but no one really believed him. I worked with him for three movies, but off the set there was not much contact.  I only remember we last chatted at the Naked Gun 33 1/3 wrap party; I sold him my knife collection and never saw him again. I’m sorry he never found his wife’s murderer, but I think he’s finally in the right place to look.

Nobody told us that Davy Crockett was gay, and I think it’s a shame that today he couldn’t serve openly in the Army. Can’t help thinking all that buckskin might’ve signified something other than “rugged frontiersman.”

History has taught me that it doesn’t matter how many Indians you kill if you later try to help the remaining ones.

The funniest person I know is Professor Paul Andrew Hutton or Kim Jong-II. It’s a tie.

I can’t remember the last time I...

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