Why the late, great Gene Wilder walked away from movies 25 years ago
The actor will forever be known for starring in movies like "The Producers," "Blazing Saddles," "Will Wonka & the Chocolate Factory," and "Young Frankenstein." But after 1991, the two-time Oscar nominee walked away from movies.Outside of a few TV movies and series, he began writing novels. For the most part, he completely disconnected himself from show business.
"If something comes along that's really good and I think I would be good for it, I would be happy to do it. But not too many came along," Wilder said. "I mean, they came along for the first 15, 18 films, but I didn't do that many."Wilder only has 37 acting credits to his name from 1961 to 2015.
"But then I didn't want to do the kind of junk that I was seeing," Wilder said. "I didn't want to do 3D, for instance. I didn't want to do ones with bombing and loud and swearing, so much swearing going on. Someone said, 'Oh, go f--k yourself.' Well, if it was coming from a meaningful place I would understand it. But if you go to some of the movies, I don't want to say which ones, can't they just stop and talk? Once in a while it comes in handy but not running all the way through the film, and that put me out a lot."You can watch the complete talk below:
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