Bonus Weekend Podcast: Gene Wilder and Mel Brooks

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Gene Wilder on The Leonard Lopate Show  in 2007

Like so many others, we were surprised and deeply saddened when we heard about the death of Gene Wilder. From “The Producers” and “Blazing Saddles,” to “Young Frankenstein,” and “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” Gene Wilder’s acting was a mix of subtle and manic, and his roles are unforgettable. Leonard spoke to Gene back in 2005 and 2007, to talk about one of his lesser known talents: his writing. In 2005, Mr. Wilder spoke about his memoir "Kiss Me Like a Stranger," and in 2007 he came on the show to talk about his debut novel, "My French Whore, A Love Story." For this week’s Bonus Weekend Podcast, we bring you those interviews. And for our last interview, we wanted to revisit another brilliant comic mind and longtime collaborator of Gene Wilder: Mel Brooks. He came on the show in 2004 for a freewheeling conversation that you can only have with someone like Mel.