I’m picking this Mel Brooks story up from the Associated Press… which means I have to post it in full. This man is one of my heroes and even at 88 he is thinking of comedy that will last for years and years.
Mel Brooks has given the finger to Hollywood.
The extra finger, that is.
Brooks, the writer, producer and actor responsible for the classic movie comedies “The Producers,” ”Blazing Saddles” and “Young Frankenstein,” sank his hands and feet into cement in front of the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood on Monday — a ritual followed by decades of movie legends.
But Brooks, who’s 88, wore a fake sixth finger on his left hand.
He said he left the unique mark “just in case somebody from Des Moines, Iowa, says ‘Harry! Harry! Look, Mel Brooks has six fingers on his left hand!'”
The ceremony was held in conjunction with Tuesday’s release of “Young Frankenstein” on Blu-ray to mark the movie’s 40th anniversary.