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Happy Birthday (Mon Jun 11, 2012 10:28am ET)report post
by Corey
Happy birthday, Gene!
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Happy Birthday (Sat Jun 11, 2011 7:46pm ET)report post
by Corey
Happy birthday, Gene!
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY (Fri Jun 11, 2010 2:13am ET)report post
by Corey Baker
Happy birthday, Gene Wilder.
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Susi (Mon Mar 27, 2006 9:10am ET)report post
by Susi
I was wondering the same thing and I do agree with you both.

I think Burtons caterpiller smushing came from the original book by Roald Dahl. I could be corrected on this. A lot of the movie was true to the book except the parts where Burton gets behind the psyche of Willy Wonka.
I enjoyed Burtons version in the cinema but on reflection I still prefer Gene Wilders one.

It just feels better for me.
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Gene Wilder RANT (Mon Aug 15, 2005 12:09am ET)report post
by Stephanie Ridgeway
I just finished watching Blazing Saddles.

I wonder if Gene Googles himself like I do. But then...his real name isn't Gene, his real name is Jerome, and maybe this is why he's "the reluctant comic," because it was never really HIM on stage, it was always this phoney actor name, which all of a sudden gained popularity. Who knows (except Silberman himself).

I was just on Ebay and I saw "an authentic COPY OF an autographed Gene Wilder photo" for 3.99 USD. I was a tiny bit appalled to think someone would be selling copies of his face for a buck, but then....he is in Hollywood, after all. Mostly, I think Mr. Silberman is an incredibly talented individual, but I'm sure he's more than just hollywood fuel. I recently read an interview with him from a UK zine whilst I was at the beach sunning myself, and I recall thinking at that moment that we actually have a lot in common, because there is always humor in the every day realisms of life, always....but not everyone "Gets" that.

There is something charming about a 70s Gene Wilder flick....consider "Silver Streak." The scene where he's driving the little sports coupe through the country with Richard Pryor sleeping in the passenger side...a cigarette is dangling from his lips and cheesey 70s elevator music is playing. I love those types of Wilder scenes. There is something timeless about them, and Hollywood isn't like that anymore.

Hollywood has become incredibly boring to me personally, and it's sad to think that if Mel Brooks released a movie right now it would probably bomb...the audience has changed...nothing is the same.

But what do I know, maybe a Mel Brooks movie is exactly what people need right now. The problem is...the humor was so intelligent, and this may be lost on people now (imo).

The new Willie Wonka flick was interesting, but why was Willie so obsessed with purple latex gloves? Why did Tim Burton incorporate smushed catepillars into the piece? Will someone please tell me? And I like Johnny Depp, but seeing as I am 30 years old, I've seen him in a million other movies, all equally as disturbing, so it seemed a natural (and predictable) choice for Burton to pick him. If I were Verruca Salt I might say something right now like, "I want the real Willie Wonka NOW, Daddy!"

But I do think that Depp did a great job. He's just....not Gene Wilder. Not even close.

Am I biased? Perhaps. I don't know for sure.

Anyway. What is Gene Wilder doing these days? I saw the HBO bit about him working on stage again....is he still doing this?

Wilder is a classic....like Dudley Moore was a classic...they were masters at creating physical and intellectual comedy naturally, without putting much of an act on--and that's what made their schticks so funny. They tried to be real, but everyone just laughed at them.

I laughed at them.
And I loved their film/stage presence.

Thanks for listening to my Gene Wilder rant.
I miss him in today's cinema.
I wish he would play a dramatic role...something real moving, heart wrenching....maybe with a little humor, but not too much....something real.
Like a movie about cancer or HIV.
Maybe then people wouldn't laugh at him.
Who knows.
All I know is I miss his film presence.

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awesome actor (Fri Feb 4, 2005 1:07pm ET)report post
by Jessica Bianco
Gene is by far the most gentle, calm, sweetly subtle, & profound actor the comedy world has ever known! kudos to you Gene. Smile
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