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SKY HIGH

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Also joining the cast are several comedy-troupe veterans including two former "Kids in the Hall” comics—Dave Foley as the former-‘Sidekick'-turned-teacher, Mr. Boy, and Kevin McDonald as Mr. Medulla, the mad science teacher whose head suggests his hefty level of intelligence—as well as a member of the Broken Lizard comedy group, Kevin Heffernan, starring as Driver Ron.

Says Foley of his character: "Mr. Boy is a former ‘Sidekick' of The Commander. He's now teaching but he's somewhat bitter about it and he misses the old times. Not only is he bitter about being pushed out of the picture by The Commander, but he also has a secret crush on Jetstream. He's a lot of fun to play.” Part of the fun was getting an opportunity to work with Kurt Russell—on extremely close terms. "Kurt and I spent a whole day shackled next to each other. That was a good chance to get to know each other with our bodies wrapped in chains and immobilized for 12 hours. He's great and gives a wonderfully subtle, comic performance as The Commander.”

Foley also enjoyed his first big-screen chance to work with fellow "Kids in the Hall” alum Kevin McDonald, who plays Mr. Medulla, the science teacher whose head is literally several sizes too big. "I suppose I'm good at big heads,” laughs McDonald. "Actually, Mr. Medulla is one of the smartest men in the world and he teaches the class Mad Science at Sky High. But you know what they say: those who can't do super-heroing teach superheroing.”

Meanwhile, Kevin Heffernan— the "Broken Lizard” member who stars in and co-wrote this summer's "Dukes of Hazzard”—adds additional laughs as Driver Ron, who transports the super-kids to Sky High's secret location every day and has his own past with the school. "It turns out Ron aspired to be a super hero but he didn't make the cut,” explains Heffernan. "So now he's like a borderline stalker of super heroes, but in a really loving way. He basically has a case of hero worship for these kids.” Finally, making a special appearance in SKY HIGH is veteran comic actress Cloris Leachman in the role of Nurse Spex, Sky High's school nurse who sports X-ray Vision. Leachman found the film's imaginative premise a big draw. "I thought the script was so entertaining, funny and different,” she says. "There were so many wonderful characters and fun, clever ideas. It's just chock-full of magic. But it's also the kind of movie that finds humor from real-life situations. It's just the sort of thing I love.”

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