Cleavon Little played the coolest law man in the West – Sheriff Bart. The role of Bart was orignally intended for Richard Pryor, but due to the controversial nature of Pryor’s stand-up routines and his background, Mel Brooks couldn’t secure financing for the project with Pryor in that role. So Pryor was made a co-writer of the script, and Cleavon [...]
Jim aka The Waco Kid was played by Gene Wilder. Wilder was not the first actor cast in the role however. Production began with Gig Young as the Waco Kid. On the first day of shooting, the scene where the drunk Waco Kid hangs from a bunk asking if Bart is black, it was obvious that he was actually drunk [...]
Here’s a very cool little video that includes many of the greatest scenes from Blazing Saddles. Of course, the entire movie is one long great scene, but I guess you can think of this as an appetizer.