I suppose at this point it’s naive to be surprised or disgusted about such things, but still, I really liked Gene Wilder.
He delighted and terrified me as Willy Wonka, he made me wet myself in Stir Crazy and the Mel Brooks films, and I found his interviews courageously honest.
He could mix sparkly-eyed teddy bear cuddliness with sudden explosions of genuinely disturbing rage. If I remember correctly, he said this mania that people loved in his characters was borne from a place of great darkness inside him that mellowed with age.
Well, it made for some very memorable characters and golden moments in cinema is all I can say.
A real irreplaceable gem.