History Creator / GeneWilder

19th Feb '18 8:16:19 AM gjjones
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* LeslieNielsenSyndrome: Prior to ''Film/TheProducers'', Wilder worked in theater as a dramatic actor. He vented to Mel Brooks one night that everyone was laughing at his performances when they weren't meant to, to which Brooks replied "Look in the mirror and blame God."
* NamesTheSame: He did not play congas on the Music/TalkingHeads song "I Zimbra".



* TeethClenchedTeamwork: Despite making several films alongside Creator/RichardPryor, Wilder and Pryor weren't that chummy.

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* TeethClenchedTeamwork: Despite making several films alongside Creator/RichardPryor, Wilder and Pryor weren't that chummy.chummy.
* WagTheDirector: During filming of ''Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory'', he had full control over nearly every aspect of his performance as the titular candyman, from the clothes he wore to the way he introduced himself at the start of the factory tour. By all accounts, his contributions were not so outlandish that it made production difficult and some of the film's most memorable moments were his ideas.
** By his own admission, he usually went out of his way to AVOID this trope, and rather than make waves on a set by arguing with a director, he would simply pass on a project if he didn't feel like a good fit. In fact, he got along with most of the directors he worked with, especially with Mel Brooks (the two were extremely close friends and neither garnered quite the same critical acclaim when working without the other), and Sidney Poitier, who he regularly played tennis with.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: After semi-retiring from acting in 1999, he passed on many, many roles that had been conceived for him.
** He was asked to voice a character in ''WesternAnimation/OverTheHedge'', but he turned down the role and the character was scrapped.
** Had Creator/GeneHackman not taken the role, he was Creator/WesAnderson's choice to play Royal in ''Film/TheRoyalTenenbaums''.
** One of the earlier films he passed on was the role of Milo Minderbender in Catch-22, despite having been interested in the role, he didn't care for how the character was written differently from the book.
** Also passed on the role of James Martin in ThePoseidonAdventure due to scheduling conflicts.
** MelBrooks very much wanted to collaborate with Wilder again in ''Film/HighAnxiety'', in spite of their CreativeDifferences during the filming of ''Film/YoungFrankenstein'' straining their friendship, and offered him the lead role of the phobic Dr. Richard Thorndyke, but Wilder was already busy with producing, writing, directing, and acting in ''The World's Greatest Lover'', so he turned Brooks down. The duo never did collaborate again.
23rd Dec '17 3:23:31 PM Brainbin
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* ''Film/TheProducers'' (1968)

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* ''Film/TheProducers'' (1968)(1968); his first collaboration with Creator/MelBrooks. Received his only Oscar nomination for acting (Best Supporting Actor; lost to his future ''Willy Wonka'' co-star Jack Albertson for ''The Subject Was Roses'').



* ''Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory'' (1971)

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* ''Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory'' (1971)(1971); his most iconic role.



* ''Film/BlazingSaddles'' (1974)

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* ''Film/BlazingSaddles'' (1974)(1974); his second collaboration with Mel Brooks.



* ''Film/YoungFrankenstein'' (1974; also cowriter)

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* ''Film/YoungFrankenstein'' (1974; also cowriter)cowriter); his third and final collaboration with Mel Brooks. Received an Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay (with Brooks); lost to Creator/FrancisFordCoppola and Mario Puzo for ''Film/TheGodfatherPartII''.



* ''Film/SilverStreak'' (1976)

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* ''Film/SilverStreak'' (1976)(1976); his first screen pairing with Creator/RichardPryor.



* ''Film/StirCrazy'' (1980)

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* ''Film/StirCrazy'' (1980)(1980); his second screen pairing with Richard Pryor.



* ''Film/SeeNoEvilHearNoEvil'' (1989; also cowriter)

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* ''Film/SeeNoEvilHearNoEvil'' (1989; also cowriter)cowriter); his third screen pairing with Richard Pryor.



* ''Another You'' (1991; final theatrical film role)
* ''Series/WhereInTheWorldIsCarmenSandiego'' (1992; In the never aired episode: ''Auld Lang Gone'')

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* ''Another You'' (1991; (1991); his fourth and final screen pairing with Richard Pryor. Also his final theatrical film role)
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* ''Series/WhereInTheWorldIsCarmenSandiego'' (1992; In the never aired episode: ''Auld "Auld Lang Gone'')Gone")
22nd Nov '17 4:20:46 AM jormis29
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* ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'' (1999; TV movie adaptation)

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* ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'' ''Film/{{Alice in Wonderland|1999}}'' (1999; TV movie adaptation)
29th Oct '17 10:34:44 AM Byzantine
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* TeethClenchedTeamwork: Despite making several films alongside Creator/RichardPryor, Wilder and Pryor weren't that chummy.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: After semi-retiring from acting in 1999, he passed on many, many roles that had been conceived for him.
** He was asked to voice a character in ''WesternAnimation/OverTheHedge'', but he turned down the role and the character was scrapped.
** Had Creator/GeneHackman not taken the role, he was Creator/WesAnderson's choice to play Royal in ''Film/TheRoyalTenenbaums''.
** One of the earlier films he passed on was the role of Milo Minderbender in Catch-22, despite having been interested in the role, he didn't care for how the character was written differently from the book.
** Also passed on the role of James Martin in ThePoseidonAdventure due to scheduling conflicts.
** MelBrooks very much wanted to collaborate with Wilder again in ''Film/HighAnxiety'', in spite of their CreativeDifferences during the filming of ''Film/YoungFrankenstein'' straining their friendship, and offered him the lead role of the phobic Dr. Richard Thorndyke, but Wilder was already busy with producing, writing, directing, and acting in ''The World's Greatest Lover'', so he turned Brooks down. The duo never did collaborate again.

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* TeethClenchedTeamwork: Despite making several films alongside Creator/RichardPryor, Wilder and Pryor weren't that chummy.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: After semi-retiring from acting in 1999, he passed on many, many roles that had been conceived for him.
** He was asked to voice a character in ''WesternAnimation/OverTheHedge'', but he turned down the role and the character was scrapped.
** Had Creator/GeneHackman not taken the role, he was Creator/WesAnderson's choice to play Royal in ''Film/TheRoyalTenenbaums''.
** One of the earlier films he passed on was the role of Milo Minderbender in Catch-22, despite having been interested in the role, he didn't care for how the character was written differently from the book.
** Also passed on the role of James Martin in ThePoseidonAdventure due to scheduling conflicts.
** MelBrooks very much wanted to collaborate with Wilder again in ''Film/HighAnxiety'', in spite of their CreativeDifferences during the filming of ''Film/YoungFrankenstein'' straining their friendship, and offered him the lead role of the phobic Dr. Richard Thorndyke, but Wilder was already busy with producing, writing, directing, and acting in ''The World's Greatest Lover'', so he turned Brooks down. The duo never did collaborate again.
chummy.
26th Oct '17 10:45:23 PM jormis29
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** By all accounts, he got along amazingly well with the child actors for ''Willy Wonka'', particularly Peter Ostrum, whom he shared most of his scenes with. When it came time to shoot his infamous outburst at the end of the film, Wilder heavily resisted the urge to tell him just ''how mad'' he was going to be. He didn't want to ruin his friendship with Peter, but also wanted to help capture authentic shock. Julie Dawn Cole and Denise Nickerson also adored working with him; in fact, the only one Wilder didn't get along with was Paris Themmen, the youngest and most immature of the child actors.

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** By all accounts, he got along amazingly well with the child actors for ''Willy Wonka'', particularly Peter Ostrum, whom he shared most of his scenes with. When it came time to shoot his infamous outburst at the end of the film, Wilder heavily resisted the urge to tell him just ''how mad'' he was going to be. He didn't want to ruin his friendship with Peter, but also wanted to help capture authentic shock. Julie Dawn Cole and Denise Nickerson Creator/DeniseNickerson also adored working with him; in fact, the only one Wilder didn't get along with was Paris Themmen, the youngest and most immature of the child actors.
1st Sep '17 5:01:12 PM Drcynic24
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** He even went out of his way to try and adopt one of his young Irish co-stars that he had grown particularly close to in Quacksar Fortune Has a Cousin in the Bronx when the boy's family mentioned that they could not afford to give him a very good life. However, even though Wilder had gone through the process to proceed with the adoption (Including a promise that the child would be raised a Catholic, despite Wilder being Jewish), the child decided that he did not want to go live in America after all.
1st Sep '17 4:46:08 PM Drcynic24
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** MelBrooks very much wanted to collaborate with Wilder again in ''Film/HighAnxiety'', in spite of their CreativeDifferences during the filming of ''Film/YoungFrankenstein'' straining their friendhsip, and offered him the lead role of the phobic Dr. Richard Thorndyke, but Wilder was already busy with producing, writing, directing, and acting in ''The World's Greatest Lover'', so he turned Brooks down. The duo never did collaborate again.

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** MelBrooks very much wanted to collaborate with Wilder again in ''Film/HighAnxiety'', in spite of their CreativeDifferences during the filming of ''Film/YoungFrankenstein'' straining their friendhsip, friendship, and offered him the lead role of the phobic Dr. Richard Thorndyke, but Wilder was already busy with producing, writing, directing, and acting in ''The World's Greatest Lover'', so he turned Brooks down. The duo never did collaborate again.
19th Aug '17 3:53:12 AM NWolfman
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** MelBrooks very much wanted to collaborate with Wilder again in ''Film/HighAnxiety'', and offered him the lead role of the phobic Dr. Richard Thorndyke, but Wilder was already busy with producing, writing, directing, and acting in The World's Greatest Lover, so he turned Brooks down. The duo never did collaborate again.

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** MelBrooks very much wanted to collaborate with Wilder again in ''Film/HighAnxiety'', in spite of their CreativeDifferences during the filming of ''Film/YoungFrankenstein'' straining their friendhsip, and offered him the lead role of the phobic Dr. Richard Thorndyke, but Wilder was already busy with producing, writing, directing, and acting in The ''The World's Greatest Lover, Lover'', so he turned Brooks down. The duo never did collaborate again.
22nd Jul '17 8:43:29 PM Drcynic24
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** Also passed on the role of James Martin in ThePoseidonAdventure due to scheduling conflicts.

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** Also passed on the role of James Martin in ThePoseidonAdventure due to scheduling conflicts.conflicts.
** MelBrooks very much wanted to collaborate with Wilder again in ''Film/HighAnxiety'', and offered him the lead role of the phobic Dr. Richard Thorndyke, but Wilder was already busy with producing, writing, directing, and acting in The World's Greatest Lover, so he turned Brooks down. The duo never did collaborate again.
15th Jun '17 6:57:43 PM BuddyBoy600alt
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* ''Something Wilder'' (1993; TV Sitcom)

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* ''Something Wilder'' ''Series/SomethingWilder'' (1993; TV Sitcom)
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