Mel Brooks Looks Back on Meeting Gene Wilder on ‘The Tonight Show’

Here’s a clip from last night’s Tonight Show, where Mel Brooks looks back on the very first time he met Gene Wilder backstage at a play, which led to them working together on The Producers, Blazing Saddles, and Wilder’s own idea Young Frankenstein. But it all started with The Producers: “I said ‘Look, I’m promising you, when we get the money you are gonna be Leo Bloom.’ He said ‘Oh, yeah, when you get the money. You’re doing a play about two Jews who are producing a flop instead of a hit knowing they can make more money with a flop, and the big number in it is Springtime for Hitler! Yeah, you’re gonna get the money!'”

Watch another clip from the interview below:

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