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.”
REINER “Lock all doors!”
BROOKS “I want a five-block seal!”
Q. What’s the key to 60 years of friendship?
REINER Our wives liked each other.
I LOVE the 2,000 year old man records and have nice memories of listening to them with my father when I was a kid. This NYT interview with Brooks and Reiner along with its audio clips just made me smile. It is also worth reading because in a more serious vein it touches on the nature of the Jewish experience in the 1950's when a "...a Jewish accent was not always a good thing."