Mel Brooks is unstoppable in this interview about his films Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein from 1975.
Made by Imperial College’s TV station Stoic, the interview begins with presenter Mark Caldwell asking Brooks why he made his cowboy movie spoof ?
Brooks explains that Westerns were a considerable part of his childhood, part of his “subliminal beginnings,” and he wanted to tell the truth about the wild west. Although he told the truth about cowboys eating beans, the one thing Brooks would not show was the little known fact that cowboys “do not make love to women in Westerns.”
“People say I am in questionable taste, you know what I mean? Well, I must tell you that I used the utmost discretion [and] I did not tell the whole truth about the Western, because they do not make love to women, you know that. They are very straight, very Christian and very with it, you know. They do make love to their horses. They do, they do. They don’t marry them, there is no formal ceremony, but they go off somewhere in the night with their horses.”
Brooks then goes on to talk about making Young Frankenstein with Gene Wilder and Marty Feldman.
Mel Brooks is possibly the funniest man that ever lived. Just take a look at the comic characters and comedies he has been involved in creating, from The 2,000 Year Old Man, the TV series Get Smart, Bialystock and Bloom in The Producers, Sheriff Bart and Hedley Lamarr in Blazing Saddles, Mel Funn and Marty Eggs in Silent Movie, or Dr Thorndyke in High Anxiety, and you’ll see a wealth of fictions that would make most scriptwriters, screenwriters, and even novelists green with envy.
And apart from probably being the funniest man alive, you know an evening with Mel Brooks would be the best, funniest, most entertaining night you could have with another person that didn’t involve sex. And even if it did involve sex you know you both could laugh about it in the morning.