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‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Trailer Pays Tribute to ‘Spaceballs’ [VIDEO]

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First of all, we’re really happy to see John Boyega as the first face in the first Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer. That’s because Attack the Block was pretty much our favorite monster movie of 2011, and it’s great to see John Boyega make the very big leap to Star Wars (and genre) stardom. Still, we also want to acknowledge that a lot of guys saw a black stormtrooper in the desert and had the same thought we did: “Hey, that’s a scene from Spaceballs!”

And it is. See for yourself, and marvel at the broad racial humor in a Star Wars parody from 1987. Also marvel at how the black stormtrooper in the scene below would go on to his own sci-fi stardom in the only franchise that can rival Star Wars in making a cultural impact. Look him up–but first check out this video (with some NSFW language)…

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