Rachel Sanoff
September 01, 2016 1:41 pm
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The entire world is mourning the loss of Gene Wilder, the comedy genius who brought Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, Young Frankenstein, The Producers, and countless other films to life with his incredible talent and sparkling presence.

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The entertainment world is, of course, mourning the iconic performer’s life — with many actors sharing how Gene Wilder had influenced or affected them as artists.

This morning, comedy performer and writer Mindy Kaling tweeted out a simple question as she pondered the creative excellence possessed by the acting legend.

Breaking refers to when an actor starts laughing during a scene, causing them to break character. Of course, breaking was one of the most delightful parts of The Office bloopers — so Mindy knows how difficult it is to stay cool in a hilarious take. Still, if anybody was masterful enough to maintain composure no matter what, wouldn’t it be Gene Wilder?

But then Twitter user Raja Sen responded to Kaling with the most beautiful proof that even legends like Gene crack up sometimes.

“He did. But magically so.”

The accompanying video is a compilation of Wilder breaking on the set of Young Frankenstein, with Cloris Leachman, Teri Garr, and Marty Feldman. Gene interrupts takes with an infectious and heartwarming laugh, reminding us of his extraordinary nature.

We could also watch a million times, Mindy. And we are so grateful that the power of Gene Wilder can be witnessed on film forever.

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