Beloved actors Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor starred in a multiple movies together, but the friendship they had onscreen wasn’t the same as the one they had in real life, Pryor’s daughter, Rain, wrote in a Facebook post Monday. Wilder died Sunday from Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 83.
“People always ask, ‘Were Gene Wider and Dad friends?’ I always answered, ‘Not really, however, they saw each other's genius and created hit films and were the best comedy film friends of all time,’” Rain started her post. “They, to me, were the antithesis of how chemistry on film doesn't always mean it translates off. Gene was a true grownup and I never saw him party. Dad was younger and we all know, he liked to party. The two together accepted the other.” She added: “However, nothing could beat their magic on screen nor ever will.”
Rain’s post about the relationship between Wilder and Pryor was probably inspired by her first post where she mourned the “Blazing Saddles” star’s death. “In the beginning, [they] were the good old Buddy Films and Dad and Gene were one of the best pair EVER!” she wrote after Wilder’s death. “I am sadden at the news of his passing for the comedy world, yet in peace that he is now with the love of his life, and can say hello to dad. RIP Gene Wilder.”
Wilder and Pryor starred in four movies together: “Silver Streak,” “Stir Crazy,” “See No Evil, Hear No Evil” and “Another You.” While they worked on “Stir Crazy,” Wilder called Pryor a “bad boy” in a 2013 interview. “He would come to the set 15 minutes, 45 minutes, an hour, an hour and a half late and it would bug all of us,” Wilder said about his former co-star, according to the Stanford Advocate. “I didn’t want to say anything because I wanted it to go on.”
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