Peter Segal
Q&A with Mel Brooks

Q: How would you describe "Get Smart" to those too young to remember the series? A: It's an insane combination of James Bond and Mel Brooks comedy. It has a wonderful fusion and special effects and comedy, which is very rare. Usually, when you get big special effects pictures, sci-fi and things, there's little or no comedy. Or it's a domestic comedy and there's not one special effect like "Knocked Up." But very rarely do these things fuse and come out right. Q: You were able to do it with "Spaceballs." What's the trick? A: I'd say the trick is talent. Andreas Voutsinas said that to me when we were making "The...