Trying to be too funny is “the great death trap for actors” GENE WILDER

The late screen comedy genius that is GENE WILDER rememebers improvising his first scene with co-star RICHARD PRYOR.

“He says his first line, I say my first line, then this other line comes out of him, I had no idea where it came from, but I didn’t question it”

“I just responded naturally. I didn’t try to think of a clever line, which is the great death trap for actors if you’re improvising, when you say ‘I’ll think of something even funnier than that.”

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