So much has already been written about Gene Wilder in the media that I hesitate to add anything more about his life in this blog. Suffice to say that today the L.A. Times printed a couple of excellent articles about his life and career. Please read them.
I will stick to writing about my favorite Gene Wilder film. That has to be, hands down, the 1968 version of The Producers. If you are not familiar with the plot, it’s simple and absolutely absurd: Two men decide to produce a play so bad that it will close the first night. They sell 25,000% to the backers, intending to leave town with the money after the play tanks. There’s just one problem: Their show accidently becomes a hit!
So many funny moments in that film, and one of the funniest is when Wilder, playing meek accountant Leo Bloom, goes absolutely berserk in front of Zero Mostel’s Max Bialistock because he has just realized the gravity of their crime.
BLOOM: I’m hysterical. I’m having hysterics. I’m hysterical….
BIALISTOCK: [throws water on Bloom]
BLOOM: I’m wet. I’m wet. I’m hysterical, and I’m wet!
BIALISTOCK: [slaps Bloom]
BLOOM: I’m in pain. And I’m wet. And I’m still hysterical!
What’s your favorite Gene Wilder moment? Please leave in comment section.
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