Mel Brooks is insisting that actor Alex Karras wasn’t farting while filming their iconic 1974 western comedy, ‘Blazing Saddles,’ TMZ is reporting. The actor, who died last month, played Mongo in the writer-director’s film, and was one of the cowboys in the legendary bean-eating scene.
Brooks told TMZ that Karras was the exact opposite of his character in real life. The filmmaker said the actor was “very bright, very creative, very fun on the set.” The director added Karras was “Such a wonderful, beautiful guy to work with. He didn’t actually do any passing of gas, but he did everything else.”
‘Blazing Saddles’ made film history with its gas music scene. It was the first flatulence gag ever to be featured in a major motion picture.
Watch the video of Brooks speaking with TMZ about Karras and ‘Blazing Saddles’ below.
Written by: Karen Benardello