Mel Brooks talks about meeting Gene Wilder for the first time on 'The Tonight Show.'

Mel Brooks talks about meeting Gene Wilder for the first time on 'The Tonight Show.'
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Mel Brooks was a guest on The Tonight Show on Tuesday night, where he reminisced about his good friend Gene Wilder, who passed away on Monday at the age of 83.

He recounted meeting Gene Wilder for the first time, when Wilder was in a play along with Brooks' wife, the late Anne Bancroft. He also talked about the moment when, after promising Wilder that he would one day play the role of accountant Leo Bloom in The Producers, Brooks got to tell him that he'd successfully raised the money and the movie would actually be made.

Too bad about Brooks' Hitler tic, though (watch the video). That must be rough to deal with.

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