WATCH: Mel Brooks Will Miss Being Able to Call His Good Friend Gene Wilder
The actor appeared on the Tonight Show on Tuesday night (Aug. 30, 2016), where he remembered his good friend and longtime collaborator. The 90-year-old could not help but get choked up when he began talking about Wilder’s passing.
“He was sick, and I knew it,” Brooks said. “And he was such a dear friend. I expected that he would go, but when it happens, it’s still tremendous. It’s a big shock. I’m still reeling from … no more Gene. I can’t call him. He was such a wonderful part of my life.”
“I took the script, and I said, ‘Gene, we got the money. We’re gonna make the movie. You are Leo Bloom.’ And I threw it on his make-up table,” the filmmaker recalled. “And he burst into tears and held his face and cried. And then I hugged him. It was a wonderful moment.”
Watch the heartwarming interview above.