Gene Wilder’s defining film for many, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Turned 50 this year. And from 1971 to 2021, the popularity of the subjects in it has not waned for a moment. Wilder had a condition on which he would play the title role, and he put it up to director Mel Stuart.
Gene Wilder told a film historian that something was missing from the part
At the 92nd Street Y in 2013, Gene Wilder told film historian Robert Osborne about some of his meetings with director Mel Stuart. rare video interview. Especially he shared his reaction on the screenplay. Via insider, Wilder actually came up with one of the best stunts in the film.
“It’s great. But there’s something missing,” Wilder recalled Stuart. And according to the late actor, he then shared the solution — the addition of a scene that was less than iconic for kids of that era. Will not done.
“If I play that part, I want to come out with a cane, and there’s something wrong with my foot,” Wilder explained to Osborne. “And come down the stairs slowly, and then stick the cane into one of the bricks below. And then get up, start falling, then roll over, and then they all laugh and applaud. “
It’s as if he was weak – then a fall turns into an acrobatic, and Wonka lands straight with confidence, much to the amazement of her baby guests and their parents.
Wilder said Mel Stuart seemed confused by the strange suggestion. “I said, ‘Because from that point forward, no one will know if I’m lying or telling the truth,’” Wilder told Osborne.
The suggestion, brilliant in its subversive and yet playful nature, became one of the most memorable scenes in a film known for its memorable scenes. Willy Wonka became the mysterious figure of childhood lore in that moment.
Wilder said that he agreed to do the same scene without the fall, then regretted it. “I should never have said, ‘I’ll do it once without it’ [fall],’” Wilder said.
The actor claimed that Stuart informed him that the producers liked his idea for the scene, and it was cast in the final version of the film.
Johnny Depp also played Wonka in the 2004 version of Tim Burton
in 2004 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Johnny Depp takes the role even further, sporting a blinding grille and a bob haircut. In front of Freddie Highmore’s Charlie Bucket, Depp did justice to Wonka’s totally unique, Burton-esque rendition. But for many, Gene Wilder’s original version of the eccentric character is certain.
Stuart said that Wilder had the ability to surprise her by the end of the film.
“In the last scene, Jean surprised me,” Mel Stuart told Extra at Warner Bros. to celebrate the film’s 50th anniversary. He was taken aback by the “violence of Jean’s anger” in the fizzy lifting drinks scene.
“I’m still always fascinated by Jean’s delivery,” Stuart said in the 13-minute feature. “There’s no one alive today who can do what’s in that picture. It’s a performance that rankles in the Hall of Fame.”
50 years after Gene Wilder, a new version of a children’s story stars Timothée Chalameta
Yet another new version of the Chocolate Factory story starring Timothée Chalamet is on the horizon, and interest in a film adaptation of Roald Dahl’s timeless book is growing once again.
under working title wonka, Warner Bros. will once again attempt to capture the magic bottled up by Gene Wilder half a century ago; Only this time, the film will serve as a prequel.
Paddington Director Paul King will helm wonka, which is scheduled for release on March 17, 2023. Keegan Michael Key has also been cast, although little is currently known about his role in the plot.
No word on whether any of them have come up with a suggestion as endearing and influential as Wilder — but we can always hope.
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