Watch Mel Brooks explain why he wouldn’t cameo in ‘Young Frankenstein’

I like to save hyperbole for moments like this, because it’s not too often that the funniest man in movie history does press.

Sure, Mel Brooks¬†made an appearance last month on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” to promote a Mel Brooks box set. Or maybe The Onion will cover a fictitious press conference on how the “Blazing Saddles” and “Spaceballs” writer/director is crusading to bring back the word “schmuck.”¬†But for the most part we don’t hear from him.

Well, except for next week, when his special “Mel Brooks Strikes Back!” airs on HBO. Check out a snippet below where he talks about why Gene Wilder refused to play the title role in “Young Frankenstein” unless Mel agreed to not show face in the picture.

Set your DVR or what-have-you to HBO on Monday, December 10 at 9 p.m. EST.

[Cinema Blend]