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Friday, May 02, 2008

Wilder Speaks on Acting, Writing at Westport Library

Gene Wilder interviewed at Westpot Public Library
Gene Wilder spoke about his career in acting and his current love for writing tonight at the Westport Public Library. Alison Freeland, of National Public Radio, interviewed him. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
By Phyllis Groner

Gene Wilder spoke about his career as an actor and his new book during a talk at the Westport Public Library tonight.

Alison Freeland, of National Public Radio, interviewed him about his book “The Woman Who Wouldn’t.”

Wilder described how his mother’s doctor got him into acting when he was about 7 years old.

“My mother’s doctor told me, ‘Don’t ever get angry with your Mother because you might kill her. Try to make her laugh,’” he said.

Wilder said seeing Lee J. Cobb’s “Death of a Salesman” when he was 11 years old influenced him. That’s when he decided he wanted to be an actor and not a comedian.

He said he felt the only way he would get into movies was if someone saw him on stage, and Warren Beatty did and cast him in “Bonnie and Clyde.”

At this stage of his life Wilder, 75, said he likes writing books more than acting.

“Writing comedy is much more difficult than writing drama,” he said.

Wilder said fans shouldn’t hold their breath in anticipation of seeing him in another movie. He said he doesn’t like today’s movies because of the foul language and feels some of his greatest hits would not be made in the current climate.

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