RIP Gene Wilder
I love Gene Wilder. Here's some things I remember.
- •The Producers (1967). As Leo Bloom, he was just perfect. The reactions to Zero Mostel are so perfectly timed. The blanket scene is just hilarious. "It's a minor compulsion."
- •Blazing Saddles (1974). He did a great job as the drunk, down on his luck fastest man in the west. The scene where he explains getting shot in the ass by a kid cracks me up. Also "I like to screw, play chess, .... Screw." .... "We'll play chess."
- •Young Frankenstein (1974). One of the strengths of Wilder was being able to be off the chain crazy. Scary. Ominous. This movie scared me as a kid. I didn't get what was happening. :)
- •Willy Wonka (1971). This may combine every talent Wilder had. He could sing and dance. He could be sweet and naive. He could be physical (willy wonkas intro scene). He played great off of other actors. And, yes he could be scary/ominous. The famous horror boat scene.
- •And, not to be forgotten. His work with Richard Pryor was great too. They played off of each other well in Silver Streak (1976) and Stir Crazy (1980).