Gene Wilder’s 92nd Street Y Interview Is Honest, Funny & Delightful To Watch
Gene Wilder died late Sunday at his home in Stamford, Connecticut of complications from Alzheimer's disease, according to a statement released by his family. Wilder was an influential figure, actor, and iconic comedian known for classic films including, Young Frankenstein, The Producers, Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, and many more. His work will forever be admired. Perhaps most telling was Wilder's 92nd Street Y interview in 2013, which captured the actor's honest perspective on Hollywood films, his career, and his relationship with other actors like, Richard Pryor.
Wilder sat down with Robert Osborne at 92Y and discussed a multitude of things: Willy Wonka fans, and the film's remake starring Johnny Depp, working with Richard Pryor, The Producers, and why he hadn't been in films in years.
In the beginning of the interview, Wilder insisted that he wasn't the "funny guy" fans assumed him to be in real life. But throughout the interview, his candid remarks, unsurprisingly, yielded much laughter from the audience nonetheless.
Wilder told Osborne that he hadn't appeared in very many movies, partly due to the excessive "swearing" in films:
His work was poignant, FUNNY, brave and groundbreaking. Godspeed. RIP Gene Wilder pic.twitter.com/Rk9om5fMCl— Viola Davis (@violadavis) August 29, 2016
His honesty throughout the interview is refreshing. When asked about his thoughts working in Hollywood, Wilder hilariously responded "yuck."
"Yuck, I don't like it" he said, which was followed by laughter from the audience.
Watching the interview, it's apparent his personable and honest demeanor made audience members comfortable, and kept them engaged – all while laughing despite his initial humble opinion that he wasn't a "funny guy."
Wilder's nephew, Jordan Walker-Pearlman, released a statement explaining Wilder's Alzheimer's disease and why the actor didn't disclose his condition:
Check out Wilder's full vibrant interview on 92nd Street Y below: