Robert Trachtenberg is writing and directing a documentary on Mel Brooks. The following is an excerpt from an interview he did with Brooks for the Spring issue of M Magazine.
A funny thing happened the other day.
You came to see the movie for the
first time with a couple of executives
who shall remain nameless. One of them--
Jordan Fields -- was wearing jeans with
a tear in the knee. When the lights
came up, you immediatley noticed it and the
the first thing you said was...
'You're too old for that.' Yeah.
I never saluted the knee-tear in
jeans. Never. I've never gone along
with a lot of stuff. Frank Yablans, big
movie producer, used to wear alligator
penny loafers with no socks. He'd
cross his legs and you'd say, 'Hmmm,
doesn't work.' Great story: We were both
at Fox in the seventies. There was an executive
parking lot, and I had a space there.
I'll never forget it -- one day I pulled up in
in a silver '72 Honda Civic and Frank
pulls up in a sleek black Rolls Royce.
He got out, looked at my Civic and said,
"You know Mel, I'll never be big enough
to drive a car like that."