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The dig against Ferrell is an injustice.

He tests the limits of his comedy, even if he strays beyond acceptable. By trying “too hard” he reaches higher heights than the more muted Wilder ever did.

Gene Wilder’s comedy in two words: wry, reluctant.

His comments about show business are instructive. He always gave off an air of knowing more than you did. A real-life Wonka.

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