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(Directors Guild of America)   Mel Brooks, 86, on why he changed from writer to director and his philosophy of directing comedy   (dga.org) divider line 89
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2012-07-27 10:28:55 AM
Really enjoyable interview
 
2012-07-27 11:11:32 AM
PSA: Mel Brooks is not Mel Blanc.
 
2012-07-27 11:24:35 AM
Tip 1: Don't be surrounded by Assholes.
 
2012-07-27 11:43:00 AM
I have a copy of the raw audio of an interview Mr. Brooks did for a major news organization a few weeks
before he got THE PRODUCERS won its Tony awards.

It not only is pretty much a "DVD commentary" for the original Broadway cast, it also has some of the
funniest stuff I have ever heard, bar none, made up on the spot due to spontaneous technical glitches
that he riffed off.

The man is not just a national treasure, he's a world treasure.
 
2012-07-27 11:45:49 AM
Always remembering that Mel Brooks was married to Mrs. Robinson for 40+ years.
 
2012-07-27 11:49:52 AM
I can hardly wait for "History of the World, Pt II". Any day now.
 
2012-07-27 11:58:00 AM

unyon: I can hardly wait for "History of the World, Pt II". Any day now.


"Jews In Spaaaaace...."
 
2012-07-27 12:05:35 PM
Never mind that shiat....
 
2012-07-27 12:05:58 PM

AdolfOliverPanties: unyon: I can hardly wait for "History of the World, Pt II". Any day now.

"Jews In Spaaaaace...."


See.....Hitler on ice!
 
2012-07-27 12:19:49 PM

Gunny Highway: Never mind that shiat....


Here comes Mongo!
 
2012-07-27 12:19:52 PM
Genius...

Blazin' Saddles
Young Frankenstein
History of the World, Part I
Spaceballs
The Producers

Farking genius
 
2012-07-27 12:28:30 PM
I LOVE THIS MAN!
 
2012-07-27 12:32:19 PM

Hawk24: AdolfOliverPanties: unyon: I can hardly wait for "History of the World, Pt II". Any day now.

"Jews In Spaaaaace...."

See.....Hitler on ice!


See.....A viking funeral!

/this was the single most interesting link from Fark in a month.
 
2012-07-27 12:35:34 PM
Poor guy lost his wife and almost all of the actors he worked with are gone like Khan, Hines, Little, Feldman Candy, Korman, Boyle, DeLuise, Neilson, Mars. He just doesn't seem to be the same anymore when you see him in interviews.

/Life Stinks is very underrated
 
2012-07-27 12:41:47 PM
Ow! That was my feelings!: Genius...

Blazin' Saddles
Young Frankenstein
History of the World, Part I
Spaceballs
The Producers

Farking genius


Robin Hood Men in Tights
Dracula Dead and loving it
 
2012-07-27 12:46:06 PM
Silent Movie has the best scene ever, where they're sitting around a table looking at pictures of sexy starlets, and the table rises.
 
2012-07-27 12:48:42 PM
My vote for the funniest scene in movie history.

/when I started reading the headline I thought he would be dead
//*phew*
 
2012-07-27 12:50:19 PM
High Anxiety.
 
2012-07-27 12:50:59 PM

Tax Boy: Silent Movie has the best scene ever, where they're sitting around a table looking at pictures of sexy starlets, and the table rises.


www.thestranger.com

Disagrees.

NO!

FTFM
 
2012-07-27 12:53:29 PM
Jim from Saint Paul:Robin Hood Men in Tights

THIS!

/did you say Abe Lincoln?
 
2012-07-27 12:54:10 PM
This was an Amazon deal a couple of days ago. Picked it up for $28.99. It's missing "The Producers" and "Spaceballs," but it's got everything else of his I care to watch (and I run hot and cold on "Spaceballs")

Looks like I'm going to have my very own Mel Brooks film festival next week!
 
2012-07-27 12:54:43 PM
Met him once when I worked at 20th Century Fox. Nicest, most down-to-earth guy you could imagine. No pretenses at all.
 
2012-07-27 12:55:18 PM
High Anxiety is a classic.
 
2012-07-27 01:00:27 PM
FTA-

Q: Blazing Saddles also makes frequent use of the "N-word." Could you get away with that today?

A: Never. If they did a remake of Blazing Saddles today, they would leave out the N-word. And then, you've got no movie
. And I wouldn't have used it so much if I didn't have Richard Pryor with me on the set as one of my writers. And Cleavon Little [as Sheriff Bart] was great. Even though it was allowed, I kept asking Cleavon, 'Is that all right there? Is that too much there? Am I pushing this?' and he'd say, 'No, no, no, it's perfect there.'

That right there is all you need to know about society today. We've turned into a collection of quivering pantywaists, afraid to say anything even midly offensive, lest some PC asshole gets the vapors.
 
2012-07-27 01:03:52 PM
midly mildly offensive

honest to christ, an edit button would be so nice.
 
2012-07-27 01:09:49 PM
Well, duh. A writer gets his work butchered by the director. As a director he has more control.
 
2012-07-27 01:11:36 PM
The Twelve Chairs is one I really like, but seems to be totally unknown.
 
2012-07-27 01:20:26 PM
If it could get Mel to do another movie...

Fark it, I'll do non-union crew work...and get a ton of people to join.
It will be just as funny making it, as watching it.
 
2012-07-27 01:26:53 PM
Best interview I've read in a long time. For the rest of the day, I'll be reading everything in Slim Pickens's twangy tone. Thanks, subs.
 
2012-07-27 01:28:17 PM

Basily Gourt: FTA-

Q: Blazing Saddles also makes frequent use of the "N-word." Could you get away with that today?

A: Never. If they did a remake of Blazing Saddles today, they would leave out the N-word. And then, you've got no movie. And I wouldn't have used it so much if I didn't have Richard Pryor with me on the set as one of my writers. And Cleavon Little [as Sheriff Bart] was great. Even though it was allowed, I kept asking Cleavon, 'Is that all right there? Is that too much there? Am I pushing this?' and he'd say, 'No, no, no, it's perfect there.'

That right there is all you need to know about society today. We've turned into a collection of quivering pantywaists, afraid to say anything even midly offensive, lest some PC asshole gets the vapors.


I wish Mel could have gotten with Dave Chappell before he lost his mind to write a sequel. Not just because I enjoy a good N-ear joke but because I would love to see them have Sherrif Bart get elected Governor. I think it would be humorous to see how a conservative white population would react to a man of color in executive office.
 
2012-07-27 01:28:55 PM
www.inversecondemnation.com

It's good to be the director...er King!!
 
2012-07-27 01:33:25 PM

Hawk24: AdolfOliverPanties: unyon: I can hardly wait for "History of the World, Pt II". Any day now.

"Jews In Spaaaaace...."

See.....Hitler on ice!


JUDAS. How 'bout a beverage?
 
2012-07-27 01:35:08 PM

ZMugg: Tax Boy: Silent Movie has the best scene ever, where they're sitting around a table looking at pictures of sexy starlets, and the table rises.

[www.thestranger.com image 500x292]

Disagrees.

NO!

FTFM


Apparently, Mel Brooks called Marcel Marceau to described the scene, then asked him if he would say "no" in the film, and Marcel refused. I believe his reply was, "I can't say that...I'm FRENCH. It would have to be 'non.'"

/May not be an exact quote.
//It's from memory. Too lazy to Google.
 
2012-07-27 01:46:20 PM

carlb: This was an Amazon deal a couple of days ago. Picked it up for $28.99. It's missing "The Producers" and "Spaceballs," but it's got everything else of his I care to watch (and I run hot and cold on "Spaceballs")

Looks like I'm going to have my very own Mel Brooks film festival next week!


Huh? I have that set and Spaceballs is included. It doesn't have The Producers, Life Stinks, or Dracula: Dead and Loving It.
 
2012-07-27 01:46:54 PM

Ow! That was my feelings!: Genius...

Blazin' Saddles
Young Frankenstein
History of the World, Part I
Spaceballs
The Producers

Farking genius


High Anxiety!
 
2012-07-27 01:59:18 PM

AnotherBluesStringer: ZMugg: Tax Boy: Silent Movie has the best scene ever, where they're sitting around a table looking at pictures of sexy starlets, and the table rises.

[www.thestranger.com image 500x292]

Disagrees.

NO!

FTFM

Apparently, Mel Brooks called Marcel Marceau to described the scene, then asked him if he would say "no" in the film, and Marcel refused. I believe his reply was, "I can't say that...I'm FRENCH. It would have to be 'non.'"

/May not be an exact quote.
//It's from memory. Too lazy to Google.


According to TV Tropes, you are (mostly) correct, sir.

different word order, same point
 
2012-07-27 02:03:28 PM
What a nice, thoughtful interview.
 
2012-07-27 02:27:44 PM
IMHO Madeline Kahn was one of the sexiest women ever. Not only good looking, but smart, and funny, and great voice.

thenicoleproject.files.wordpress.com

2.bp.blogspot.com

/"O sweet mystery of life i have found you"
 
2012-07-27 02:40:11 PM

Pentaxian: IMHO Madeline Kahn was one of the sexiest women ever. Not only good looking, but smart, and funny, and great voice.

[thenicoleproject.files.wordpress.com image 267x400]

[2.bp.blogspot.com image 276x400]

/"O sweet mystery of life i have found you"


Yeeeeeeesssssssss!
 
2012-07-27 02:41:29 PM

ertznay: The Twelve Chairs is one I really like, but seems to be totally unknown.


We saw it for English class when I was a sophmore in high school.

As funny as it was, it is also proof that, had he wanted to make straight drama he'd have been almost as good
as he was doing comedy, I think.
 
2012-07-27 02:43:15 PM

Fano: High Anxiety!


Ooooooooooh, Ziety!
 
2012-07-27 02:43:43 PM

DjangoStonereaver: ertznay: The Twelve Chairs is one I really like, but seems to be totally unknown.

We saw it for English class when I was a sophmore in high school.

As funny as it was, it is also proof that, had he wanted to make straight drama he'd have been almost as good
as he was doing comedy, I think.


Comedy is hard. See Shakespeare.
 
2012-07-27 02:48:56 PM

StoPPeRmobile: DjangoStonereaver: ertznay: The Twelve Chairs is one I really like, but seems to be totally unknown.

We saw it for English class when I was a sophmore in high school.

As funny as it was, it is also proof that, had he wanted to make straight drama he'd have been almost as good
as he was doing comedy, I think.

Comedy is hard. See Shakespeare.


Dying is easy, comedy is hard
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2012-07-27 02:49:20 PM
From IMDb trivia:

After promising to edit out several 'offensive' scenes such as the infamous farting sequence, Mel Brooks in fact never cut a single scene except one: after the room is darkened and Lilly informs Bart "It's TWUE! It's TWUE!", Bart quietly states "You're sucking on my elbow".

Awesome...
 
2012-07-27 02:51:08 PM
Before reading the interview I'm kind of hoping the answer is;

a) to attract women.
b) money
c) ability to realise his artistic vision

... in that order.

/Yes, the farting cowboy scene is art.
 
2012-07-27 03:12:15 PM

You'd turn it off when I was halfway across: Before reading the interview I'm kind of hoping the answer is;

a) to attract women.
b) money
c) ability to realise his artistic vision

... in that order.

/Yes, the farting cowboy scene is art.


I always get the warped ones.
 
Skr
2012-07-27 03:16:37 PM
Mel Brooks is amazing. Really makes me sad that I haven't found any other writer/directors that can make a funny film like him.

/had really hoped for a Spaceballs followup after the SW prequel trilogy happened.
 
2012-07-27 03:21:10 PM

Skr: Mel Brooks is amazing. Really makes me sad that I haven't found any other writer/directors that can make a funny film like him.

/had really hoped for a Spaceballs followup after the SW prequel trilogy happened.


He probably realized there is no greater possible mockery of the prequels than themselves.
 
2012-07-27 03:32:57 PM
I'm still holding out for "Spaceballs 2: The Search for More Money".
 
2012-07-27 03:41:13 PM
From imdb:
Served as a corporal with the U.S. army in North Africa during World War II, where one of his duties was defusing land mines before the infantry moved in.
 
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