20 Things You Never Knew About Gene Wilder
Never Friends with Pryor
Aside from Mel Brooks, Wilder's most frequent collaborator was Richard Pryor. The two made four movies together, but Wilder has said they weren't close: "We were never good friends, contrary to popular belief. We turned it on for the camera, then turned it off. He was a pretty unpleasant person to be around during the time we worked together. He was going through his drug problems then and didn't want a friendship outside of what we did on the screen."