Willy Wonka is now 45-years old and we wanted to share some less known facts about this epic kids movie!
1. A Very Demanding Star
Gene Wilder had some very specific requests before he would agree to play Willy Wonka.
He had his own idea on how his character would make an entrance:
“When I make my first entrance, I’d like to come out of the door carrying a cane and then walk toward the crowd with a limp,” Wilder wrote in a letter to director Mel Stuart.
“After the crowd sees Willy Wonka is a cripple, they all whisper to themselves and then become deathly quiet. As I walk toward them, my cane sinks into one of the cobblestones I’m walking on and stands straight up, by itself; but I keep on walking until I realise that I no longer have my cane. I start to fall forward, and just before I hit the ground, I do a beautiful forward somersault and bounce back up, to great applause.”
Wilder said the reason why he wanted this was: “From that time on, no one will know if I’m lying or telling the truth”.
2. Naughty Oompa Loompas
The Oompa Loompas were notoriously mischievous behind the scenes.
“They were often drunk after a day’s shooting,” Themmen said during a Reddit Ask me Anything session.
“We all stayed in a hotel together. In those days, when you wanted to have your shoes shined, you’d leave them outside of your hotel room door. One night the Oompa Loompas grabbed all the shoes, tied the laces together, and left them in a pile to be found in the morning.”