“You men will merely be risking your lives, whilst I will be risking an almost certain Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor!”

Harvey “That’s Hedley!” Korman, the man who put the snide back into snidely in Blazing Saddles, is dead at age 81.

There are a number of reasons you couldn’t do Blazing Saddles today, not unless you had Dave Chapelle and maybe Carlos Mencia involved.  But one of the biggest reasons is replacing Korman.  Korman is responsible for delivering one of the most memorable breaks in the fourth wall in cinematic history.

“But how do I get that land?” he asks in a moment of reflection.  He then looks at the camera without warning and says to the audience, “And why am I asking you?”