Mel Blanc would get love letters from women — for Pepé Le Pew
Apparently, the skunk was a hunk.
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The internet seems to be the place where subtlety goes to die, so let's get honest: How many times have you had a crush on a fictional character in a television series? Follow-up question, was that character a cartoon skunk?
Maybe we lost you a bit there, but for a certain percentage of Mel Blanc's fanbase, the answer was apparently a resounding "Yes," or rather, "Oui."
As an actor who weaves a vocal tapestry of nearly every cartoon character that we hold near and dear to us, it's no wonder that Mel Blanc received fan mail. Sometimes, that fan mail was even in praise of a specific character that Blanc had voiced. But in an interview with the Copley News Service, Blanc revealed that one character in particular receives a surprising amount of fan mail from a decidedly female audience. He stated, "You won't believe this, but I get fan mail — amorous fan mail - from women for my Pepé Le Pew, which is, you know, very Parisian. They probably think he really exists. And if they could see that it's just me!"
Many fans, us included, are inclined to think that "just" Mel Blanc is pretty darn great, but Blanc was fairly clear that while his voice was attached to an array of characters, that didn't mean that his personality was as well.
For example, Blanc's most famous character, Bugs Bunny, is not how Blanc was, but more how he wished to be. Of the character, who he said in the article was his favorite voice, Blanc stated, "The things that Bugs does I'd like to do but I don't have the nerve — or the self-confidence.
So no worries if you have a crush on a fictional character. But if you have a crush on a fictional cartoon skunk, maybe just keep that between you and your fan letters to Mel Blanc.