This is a bonus episode to go with the end of season one. We got to spend time with Gene Wilder Biographer, Brian Scott Mednick. We discuss the impetus behind the biography and then focus on the big three films of Gene Wilder. To start the interview, we opened with a short history of Gene Wilder as a child. Do you know why Gene went into acting and why he wanted to keep his mom laughing? Then we shift to his early start in film, discussing Bonnie and Clyde and his life-changing introduction to Mel Brooks. This leads to a discussion of The Producers before shifting to Willy Wonka, Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein.
Getting a chance to speak with someone who spent over 15 years working on the biography was a huge treat. It is obvious how much Gene meant to Brian and on this day, the anniversary of Gene’s passing, it seems fitting to publish this interview.
Brian’s book is called, Gene Wilder: Funny and Sad and it can be found on Amazon, Barnes and Nobles or by searching online. Brian Scott Mednick has been our guest today on the Wilder Ride. Like him on Facebook, follow him on Twitter and buy a copy of his book.
Gene Wilder Funny and Sad on Amazon.com.
Ever since his big screen breakthrough as phobia ridden accountant Leo Bloom in “The Producers,” Gene Wilder has been one of America’s most beloved comic actors. For five decades, Wilder has entertained audiences in some of the funniest films ever made, including “Blazing Saddles,” “Young Frankenstein,” and “Stir Crazy.” Brian Scott Mednick’s fascinating new biography “Gene Wilder: Funny and Sad” (BearManor Media) reveals a very serious and private side to Wilder that audiences don’t get to see. The book traces Wilder’s humble beginnings in 1930s Milwaukee as a shy child who learned early on that being funny got him attention.
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