Airplane! Discussion with Creators

Airplane!’s Creators Reveal the Origins of ‘Don’t Call Me Shirley’

There are few movies as quotable as the 1980 disaster-movie parody Airplane! – and of the movie’s many memorable gags, arguably the most enduring is the moment when reluctant pilot Ted Striker (Robert Hays) tells Dr. Rumack (Leslie Nielsen), “Surely you can’t be serious,” and Rumack replies, “I am serious – and don’t call me Shirley.”

The Coopometer

8 Actors And Where They Rank Fame-Wise Compared To Chris Cooper

Deftly weaving between blockbuster comedies like 21 Jump Street and critically acclaimed dramas like Moneyball, Hill has managed to obtain a deceptively high Cooper Score. Even if you discount inflation and compare Hill to early-2002 Chris Cooper-back when his value skyrocketed off an Oscar win for Adaptation- Hill would still easily score a 3.5 Coopers or higher.