Yesterday’s Times included a nice article about Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks, who are promoting the new 2000 Year Old Man boxed set. (Apparently the HBO special reported this summer is no longer in the works, as there’s been no recent mention of it.)
The Times interview contains a lot of stories which are very familiar, from previous Reiner/Brooks interviews, but there’s a touching tidbit about the present. Mel and Carl are widowers now, Estelle Reiner having passed away last year, and Anne Bancroft in 2005. But it sounds like they have good company.
Q: Sixty years later it seems you see a lot of each other now.
REINER: Yeah, we got that big screen [gestures to incredibly large flat-screen monitor] to look at television.
Q: So you come here, Mel, and you watch TV together?
BROOKS: Almost every night. He’s got a wonderful housekeeper-cook and we decide on a menu and a movie.
Q: What did you watch most recently?
BROOKS: We watched last night The Peacemaker. With Nicole Kidman and, come on. [He gestures to Mr. Reiner.]
REINER: George Clooney.
BROOKS: Right. It was two and a half stars at the most. Good performances, very silly, you know.
REINER: We look for movies with the line “Secure the perimeter.”
BROOKS: Yeah, we like movies that say, “Secure the perimeter” and/or “You better get some rest.”