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How Mel Brooks Rejected Whoopi Goldberg As His Leading Lady

03/28/2008 02:45 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Mel Brooks and Whoopi Goldberg passionately canoodling? That jaw-dropping scenario nearly came to pass - until the curmudgeonly comic put his foot down. When his Broadway version of "Young Frankenstein" opened this month, Brooks related to sone pals that Goldberg had been the front-runner to star opposite him in the 1991 movie "Life Stinks" - a job that would have paid her $3 million. His co-writer, Rudy De Luca, gushed at the time, "She's funny, she's sassy - she may be perfect for the role." And Brooks agreed - until De Luca added with a grin, "But you know, Mel, you'll have to make out with her at the end."

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