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Gene Wilder (1933-2016)

  1. Steve McQueen, The Magnificent Seven, 1960.    Oh really! When Gene did go West it was for fun,:  Blazing Saddles, 1974; The Frisco Kid, 1979.  “Yul Brynner  wanted me to use a rifle so I wouldn't outdraw him,” recalled McQueen. “I got three shots out before he even had his gun  out of his holster.”
  2. Jon Voight, Catch 22, 1969.    Gene turned down Lieutenant Milo Minderbinder (and director Mike Nichols!), to play twins  in Start the Revolution Without Me, 1970, for director Bud Yorkin.  D'oh!
  3. Red Buttons, The Poseidon Adventure, 1972.    “At midnight on New Year's Eve, the SS Poseidon, en route from New York to Athens, met with disaster…” Wilder survived by passing James Martin to Buttons… who did not gell with his lady love, Carol Lynley, at all. They only ever exchanged words  for the camera. Well, she was, poor kid, 23 years younger!
  4. Harvey Korman, Blazing Saddles, 1973.The Western send-up’s creator  and star Mel Brooks first asked his 1966 Producers star to play Hedley Lamarr. (He was  praised for his vocabulary: “God darnit, Mr. Lamarr, you use your tongue prettier than a $20 whore.”)  “I’d rather be The Waco Kid,”  said Wilder.   “No. He’s older, like Dan Dailey.” Brooks  even offered The Kid to…  John Wayne.  Who (pause) hadn’t been called Kid (pause) since (pause) Stagecoach in 1938).
  5. Louise Fletcher, The Exorcist II: The Heretic, 1976.
  6. Gene Hackman, Superman,1977.
  7. Dan Akyrod, Trading Places, 1983.    Murphy wanted him gone. And whatever  Eddie wanted...
  8. Guy  Bedos, Il est genial, Papy, France, 1987.    A return to France (where they married in 1984)  proved impossible due to the ill-health of wife Gilda Radner. She died of ovarian cancer two years later.
  9. Robin Williams, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, 1987.    After Sean Connery rejected theKing of the Moon for not being kingly enough, Wilder and Walter Matthau  were considered before Robin agreed to go royal - under the pseudonym of Ray D Tutto.
  10. Bill Irwin, Lady in the Water, 2005.    For his seventh fantasy, director M Night Shyamalan had a list of various top actors- Alec Baldwin, Don Cheadle, Chris Cooper, Philip Seymour Hoffman, William Hurt, Sidney Poitier, etc-for his supportingmale roles, including Irwin’s a bookish weirdo who never leaves his room and rarely speaks except for essential truths.

 

 





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