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Mel Brooks

Alex Karras Didn't Fart

on 'Blazing Saddles'

10/30/2012 12:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Alex Karras was no method actor when it came to farting ... this according to Alex's "Blazing Saddles" director Mel Brooks.

Alex -- who passed away earlier this month -- played Mongo in Mel's 1974 film and was one of the gassy cowboys in the legendary bean-eating scene.

But Mel tells TMZ ... in real life, Alex was the exact opposite of his character ... "very bright, very creative, very fun on the set."

"Such a wonderful, beautiful guy to work with," Mel said ... adding, "He didn't actually do any passing of gas, but he did everything else." 

Fun Fact -- the farting scene isn't just hilarious, it's historical ... according to reports, the ass-music scene was the first ever flatulence gag to be featured in a major motion picture.


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do you clowns ever do your homework before posting one of your jackass stories? Yes, Mongo was in that scene but he wasn't part of the group of farting cowboys.

725 days ago


Mel Brook's movies have not aged well. Sort of like Mel himself..

725 days ago


As a kid this was on of the funniest movies I ever went too!! Remember one lady laughing till she had tears... Too funny Mel!!!

725 days ago


Adam Sandler would like to thank Blazing Saddles for the gift of flatulence jokes.

725 days ago

Phil Swartz    

TMZ Staff - You really do need to double-check and verify before you post a story, especially when you provide a You-Tube link. As the scene shows, Alex Karras' character, Mongo, is in the upper right corner during the fart scene, sitting by himself at the fire. The farting cowboys are all in the circle in the forefront. So Alex Karras was NOT one of the gassy cowboys, and perhaps THAT is what Mel Brooks meant when he said "He didn't actually do any passing of gas..." God bless the soul of Alex Karras. He was a good man.

722 days ago

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