Mel Brooks attends the Paris premiere of History of the World: Part I in 1982. To avoid confusion, the drummer started calling himself Mel Brooks, a nod to his mother’s maiden name, Brookman. Just about every Mel Brooks picture is chock full of gags like these. For To Be or Not to Be, Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft worked with a Polish language tutor. In typical Mel Brooks fashion, he did so with a prosthetic eleventh finger.