NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar appeared in Airplane with Nielsen and fondly remembered some of the moments that he shared with him on his website.
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For me, it was a real pleasure to know and work with Leslie Nielsen. He was a consummate professional when the cameras were rolling. And during down time he was a notorious practical joker. He would often engage the casual acquaintance in what seemed to be a serious conversation while he manipulated a whoopie cushion causing that person to look around and try to figure out what exactly was going on. He did this to me the first time I met him when he started talking about the food they served on the set in disparaging ways and I got real quiet until I noticed he had his hand in his pocket on the device, which made me break out into a big grin as I figured out his antics. Making Airplane was a great experience for me and Leslie helped make it very special. He will be greatly missed.
To end this post in the most proper way possible, here is the infamous Kareem scene from Airplane: