Veteran funnyman Gene Wilder has revealed the inspiration for his beloved Young Frankenstein character Frau Blucher came from letters written to the father of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud.
The actor/writer created the cult comedy, which is now a hit stage musical, with Mel Brooks and he has rarely spoken about how he came up with the eccentric characters.
But, in a new interview with the San Jose Mercury News, Wilder reveals the beloved Cloris Leachman character came from a book about Freud.
Wilder, who played Dr. Frankenstein in the film, explained: “I chose the name (Blucher) because I wanted an authentic German name. I took out some of the books I had of the letters to and from Sigmund Freud. I saw someone named Blucher had written to him, and I said, ‘Well, that’s the name.’ Later on, I heard from about two or three sources, who said ‘blucher’ refers to a horse going to a factory and being turned to glue. I just thought it was a funny name.”
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