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Mel Brooks Says Execs Wanted To Cut “Gay Scene” From Blazing Saddles

464805.1020.AThat was dangerous because I was asked by Warners — they said I can do everything you said, but they kept saying, ‘Don’t do the gay scene. Don’t break through the walls and do the gay scene. You’re crossing a line there.’ I said, ‘Don’t be silly.’ There’s always these musicals being shot at Warner Bros. with top hats and tails and dopiness, you know. I said, ‘It’s a good mixture of cowboys and gay chorus boys.’ So I kept it all in. I had final cut.”

 

Beloved film director Mel Brooks discussing the 40th anniversary of his groundbreaking classic Blazing Saddles in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. Watch the scene below.