Hollywood veteran, actor,writer and director, Mel Brooks is a live wire at 90. He is a part of the distinguishable but small list of EGOT winners (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony). He is the brain behind comedy classics like The Producers, Blazing Saddles, and Young Frankenstein.
In an interview to LA Times, Mel Brooks shares the truth behind being mentally and physically agile at 90. The secret to his sharp faculties is ad libbing and his riffing skills. He is currently busy with the promotions of his new book, ‘Young Frankenstein: A Mel Brooks Book: The Story of the Making of the Film’ by Times film reporter, Rebecca Keegan. The book will hit stores on Oct. 18 and will feature behind-the-scenes photos and new and archival interviews with the Young Frankenstein‘s cast and crew. A special one time screening of the movie is also being planned.
Young Frankenstein is considered as one of the best comedies of the era and released in 1974 and in the same year he made Blazing Saddles, which was also a huge success. Looking back, Mel Brooks feels that Blazing Saddles pushed the limits of racial and ethnic humour.
One should however understand the good and evil of it. When Mel Brooks caught the movie on TV recently, the mutes, cuts and political correctness had killed the movie’s core humor. He says this is a bad premise for humor. He told The Daily Beast that even back in the 70s, studio executives were apprehensive about screening the movie due to its content.
Mel Brooks was recently awarded the National Medal of Arts and Humanities by President Obama. He was initially offered the Kennedy Center awards for performing arts. He refused to receive it from George Bush due to the Iraq war.
Mel Brooks at 90 is an avid tennis ‘triples’ player and is touring with Blazing Saddles. He still says if he has an idea and gets the funds, he will return to filmmaking.
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