The world lost a great performer and comedic legend on Monday. Gene Wilder is probably most remembered as the lead in the first (and far superior) film adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and The Chocolate factory (Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory), but for me it was Young Frankenstein that really made me appreciate Wilder. He sang, he danced and he made me laugh so so many times. He all but walked away from movies in the 90’s saying that he didn’t want to do bad movies with unnecessary bad language. The amazing thing is Wilder didn’t have to make anything new, his classics can still make you laugh.
One of his biggest fans said it pretty well:
Gene Wilder-One of the truly great talents of our time. He blessed every film we did with his magic & he blessed me with his friendship.
— Mel Brooks (@MelBrooks) August 29, 2016
And if Mel Brooks thinks you’re good, you’re good.