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« on: August 29, 2016, 02:48:28 PM »

Gene Wilder is dead.  Bluesad A true comedy icon.

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« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2016, 02:52:28 PM »


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« Reply #3 on: August 29, 2016, 03:54:55 PM »

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« Reply #5 on: August 29, 2016, 04:20:52 PM »

So sad!  I'm glad he lived as long as he did though.

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« Reply #6 on: August 29, 2016, 05:16:53 PM »

So long, and thanks for all the laughs.  We'll miss you.  Bluesad

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« Reply #7 on: August 29, 2016, 05:36:38 PM »

RIP  Bluesad

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« Reply #8 on: August 29, 2016, 10:23:09 PM »

What's crazy is just YESTERDAY like in the evening I was watching a reunion video of six of the stars of Willy Wonka (five of the kids and one of the guys who played an Oompa Loompa) and someone in the comments sections was like, "It's a pity they didn't Gene Wilder and NO, he's not dead!"  And someone else said, "Yeah, but he's REAL old."  And another argued he was just 82 or so...

Anyway, just thought the time was kind of weird.

Well, thanks for the memories Gene!  

BTW one of the girls in the video said that Gene was a VERY nice man, and they never got the sense that they "shouldn't be bothering Mr Wilder" even though, by her own admission, she and her young cast-mates were probably, "quite a handful."
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« Reply #9 on: August 29, 2016, 10:34:27 PM »

I always knew this movie existed, but for some reason, could never find anything on it until just now...

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« Reply #10 on: August 30, 2016, 03:06:51 AM »

Dreadful news.  It appears that he had Alzheimers, but he didn't want to tell anyone lest it tarnish his image in the mind of children.  He sounded like a very gentle, caring man.  I loved him in so many of his 80's comedies.

RIP Mr. Wilder.

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« Reply #11 on: August 30, 2016, 04:41:57 AM »

I just heard this myself-was about to post it here. Dam,the man was a National treasure. Even in small roles-as in BONNIE AND CLYDE,he shined threw.

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« Reply #12 on: August 30, 2016, 04:58:42 AM »

RIP Mr Wilder  Bluesad

But thank you for all the laughs.

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« Reply #13 on: August 30, 2016, 12:07:26 PM »

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« Reply #14 on: August 30, 2016, 05:37:45 PM »

I'll miss him.

I rather like this letter Gene Wilder wrote from the pre production of Willy Wonka.  His creative instincts were clearly spot on, and he'll leave on forever in those endeavors.

July 23rd

Dear Mel

I've just received the costume sketches. I'll tell you everything I think, without censoring, and you take from my opinion what you like.

I assume that the designer took his impressions from the book and didn't know, naturally, who would be playing Willy. And I think, for a character in general, they're lovely sketches.

I love the main thing — the velvet jacket — and I mean to show by my sketch the exact same color. But I've added two large pockets to take away from the svelt, feminine line. (Also in case of a few props.)

I also think the vest is both appropriate and lovely.

And I love the same white, flowing shirt and the white gloves. Also the lighter colored inner silk lining of the jacket.

What I don't like is the precise pin pointing in place and time as this costume does.

I don't think of Willy as an eccentric who holds on to his 1912 Dandy's Sunday suit and wears it in 1970, but rather as just an eccentric — where there's no telling what he'll do or where he ever found his get-up — except that it strangely fits him: Part of this world, part of another. A vain man who knows colors that suit him, yet, with all the oddity, has strangely good taste. Something mysterious, yet undefined.

I'm not a ballet master who skips along with little mincy steps. So, as you see, I've suggested ditching the Robert Helpmann trousers. Jodhpurs to me belong more to the dancing master. But once elegant now almost baggy trousers — baggy through preoccupation with more important things — is character.

Slime green trousers are icky. But sand colored trousers are just as unobtrusive for your camera, but tasteful.

The hat is terrific, but making it 2 inches shorter would make it more special.

Also a light blue felt hat-band to match with the same light blue fluffy bow tie shows a man who knows how to compliment his blue eyes.

To match the shoes with the jacket is fey. To match the shoes with the hat is taste.

Hope all is well. Talk to you soon.

All my best,

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