GREAT PERFORMANCES YOU MAY NOT HAVE SEEN:
Rhinoceros (opposite Zero Mostel)
Stir Crazy (with Richard Pryor)
Silver Streak (with Richard Pryor)
Start the Revolution Without Me
THE MEL BROOKS WILDER:
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Bonnie and Clyde
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex (but were afraid to ask)
Over the top. He loved to go from the whisperingly calm, sweet little guy to the wild-eyed, insanely screaming, manic maniac in just seconds flat. Even when paired with other crazed dudes like Zero Mostel, Richard Pryor and Mary Feldman, he was right in there, going all the way.
THE REAL WILDER:
Willy Wonka ...
A stretch, but the gentle hidden Willy behind the manic candyman comes closest to the gentle guy who only lived up to his last name on screen.
BITS AND QUIRKS:
The famous blond Einstein hair helped him literally wig out. The pop eyes. The whisper to the scream. The paranoid look. The helpless child look. The eerie grin and the clenched lips surpressing a laugh.
EVERYTHING YOU ALWAYS - Falling in love with a sheep
YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN - “Put the candle back.” > Reacting to Eye-gore’s hump > Song and dance with “the monster”
THE PRODUCERS - Going crazy over his baby blanket > Trying to strangle Mostel
SILVER STREAK - Dressing up as a black and trying to “be cool” to get past police > Unhitching the train cars
STIR CRAZY - Dancing in the chicken suits
IF YOU LIKE HIM, YOU PROBABLY DIDN’T LIKE:
Funny About Love
See No Evil, Hear No Evil
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