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The following are fictional characters from the 1968 film The Producers, its 2005 remake, and the Broadway musical of the same name.

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Max Bialystock

Max Bialystock is described as selfish and greedy - a man who is only interested in making money. Though this is later proven untrue, Max's fiery and sarcastic nature can be very intimidating. He is willing to do anything to make money (including "shtupping every little old lady in New York") and is often angry, short-tempered and unwilling to cooperate nicely. His name is taken from the Polish city of Białystok.

In the fourth season of the HBO show Curb Your Enthusiasm, Larry David is asked to take on the role of Max Bialystock when The Producers makes its Broadway Run. He is originally paired with Ben Stiller, who is soon replaced by David Schwimmer. Mel Brooks jokes that they can save space on the marquee by just placing "Larry David Schwimmer" on the lights.

Larry forgets his lines on opening night, but gets back by doing a little bit of standup with the crowd. Then he proceeds with the show and it becomes an instant hit, to which Mel Brooks is angry because he was hoping Larry's ineptitude would cause the show to be a flop, and he could get out of his roles as director and producer. Mel claims he is sick of the show and would like it to die out.

Leo Bloom

Leo Bloom is a nervous accountant, prone to panic attacks and who keeps a security blanket to calm himself. Nevertheless it is Leo who has the idea of how to make money from a failed play.

The character is named after the protagonist in James Joyce's Ulysses, Leopold Bloom. Wilder's costar Zero Mostel had portrayed Bloom on stage in the play Ulysses in Nighttown.

Ulla

Ulla Inga tor Hansen Benson Yansen Tallen Hallen Svaden Swanson Bloom is a fictional character by Mel Brooks from his 1968 film The Producers (MGM), which was remade as a Broadway musical in 2001 and as a film in 2005 (Universal).

In the 1968 film, Ulla is introduced as a "toy" that Max found in the local library, and is a symbol of his new found affluence. She can speak little English, but is a jiggly dancer, and can dance better than type. She also constantly says "God dag på dig", which literally means "good day on/to you", (though, with an extreme non-Swedish accent) and provides a sexier counterpoint to Max's older girlfriends.

In the musical play adapted from the 1968 film, Ulla introduces herself as a Swedish actress looking for a part in Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom's production Springtime for Hitler. She is a stereotypical Swedish woman: tall and beautiful with lovely blonde hair. She performs a song she wrote called "When You Got It, Flaunt It". She decided to audition when a "crazy man" (Max) yelled at her the previous day. While the casting isn't to start for quite a while, Max and Leo hire her as their secretary/receptionist. Following the unwanted success of Springtime for Adolf Hitler, she and Leo flee to Rio de Janeiro where they marry. Her maiden name is never mentioned, but by the end of the play she is Ulla Inga Hansen-Bensen-Yanson-Tallen-Hallen-Svaden-Swanson Bloom.

Earlier, Max and Leo ask her to clean up their place while they're gone, but she doesn't understand English very well, and after they leave, she paints Max's office entirely white. Little of her role in the "Springtime for Hitler" play is shown, but she plays a showgirl representing the German Imperial Eagle tor ulla and later appears as Marlene Dietrich. In Max/Leo's second production, "Prisoners of Love", she plays the lead prisoner/singer.

Roger De Bris

Roger Elizabeth De Bris is a gay theatre director, described by Max Bialystock as the worst director to have ever lived. He lives with his equally flamboyant partner Carmen Ghia and his production crew in a house described as an Upper East Side town house in New York.

De Bris is described by Bialystock as the worst director who ever lived, and was chosen by Bialystock in an attempt to ensure that "Springtime for Hitler" would flop.

Carmen Ghia

Carmen Ghia is a fictional character from the 1968 Mel Brooks comedy The Producers played by Andréas Voutsinas, its 2001 Broadway show The Producers by Roger Bart, and the 2005 musical film The Producers also by Roger Bart.

The character name sounds the same as the name of the automobile, the Karmann Ghia, marketed from 1955 to 1974 by Volkswagen.

Actress "Anne Bancroft recommended Andréas Voutsinas, a fellow performer at the Actors Studio, for the role of the waspish Carmen Ghia..."

Bart said of his role: ""As Carmen Ghia I was a sprinter. This guy is like a long-distance runner. I sometimes think to myself, 'Should I have stayed Carmen?'"

Carmen Ghia is Roger De Bris' "common-law assistant". They are both gay and they love to flounce around their Upper East Side town house.


Franz Liebkind

Franz Liebkind is a former Nazi who has penned an admiring musical tribute to Adolf Hitler, titled Springtime for Hitler. The two protagonists, Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom, purchase and produce this "worst play ever written" as part of a plot to defraud investors by overselling and staging a sure-fire flop.

The part was originally cast for Dustin Hoffman, but Mel Brooks allowed him to audition for the film adaptation for The Graduate before shooting began for his own film in anticipation that he would be rejected. Instead, Hoffman was cast as the lead of the film directed by Mike Nichols and Brooks thus had to recast the Liebkind role.

Franz Liebkind is portrayed as mentally unstable and easily enraged. The only background to his character is that he is a retired Nazi, carrier pigeon keeper (he named his favorite pigeon Adolf), and playwright who continues to worship Hitler. In an early draft of the script, he was portrayed as Hitler's former Butler.

The German, Liebkind, means literally a "lovechild" (or bastard).

In the 2005 remake, Liebkind is set to play the role of Hitler in his musical, but breaks a leg and is replaced by Roger De Bris. This differs from the 1968 film, in which Lorenzo St. DuBois (L.S.D.) is cast as Hitler. When in the original he blows up the theatre with Max and Leo, he is hurt the most because he uses a quick-fuse and doesn't escape quickly enough, and is next shown in court in an all-body cast. In the remake, he tries to flee the police on his broken leg but inevitably breaks the other leg.





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