Ed Driscoll

'You are ze Audience! I am ze Author! I Outraaaaank You!'

Don’t worry, I haven’t gone all Krugman on you — that’s but one of the fantastic lines that Mel Brooks gave the recently deceased Kenneth Mars in The Producers as Franz Liebkind, the writer of the play within the film, the indelible “Springtime for Hitler.” Another line bellowed by Mars would gain additional pop culture resonance as the title of one of U2’s best albums.

His introductory scene in the film isn’t too shabby, either:

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(Hat tip: Ricochet, which links to Mars’ classic moment in Young Frankenstein.)