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Mel Brooks talks 'Blazing Saddles,' a Broadway adaptation, being remembered and more



Mel Brooks is having quite an 89th year, being reminded everywhere he goes that he's a comedy legend whose trickle-down genius inspires countless comedians, and that millions love him.

Brooks sounds like he isn't buying it.

"America is wrong," he said by telephone, raspy and rascally as ever. "Somebody, the populace, everybody's wrong."

About what?

"At this age there's something wrong about all this (adoration)," Brooks said. "I should've been forgotten, completely. Time passes, we remember only a few, like Mark Twain, you know?"

Brooks is being modest. On Oct. 14, he'll visit Tampa's David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts for a screening and Q&A of "my funniest film," Blazing Saddles. He'll tell "odd little stories about the who and what" of creating a comedy masterpiece. Click here for details on the show.

For more of Steve Persall's interview with Mel Brooks, click here.

[Last modified: Wednesday, October 7, 2015 3:06pm]


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