Former child stars reunite, and they reveal which one of them Gene Wilder thought was a real brat

Classic 1971 Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Showcasing a state of the art life when it comes to the behind-the-scenes antics of a young movie star.

Peter Ostrum (Charlie Bucket), Julie Dawn Cole (Veruca Salt), Michael Bollner (Augustus Gloop), Paris Themmen (Mike Teevee), and Denise Nickerson (Violet Beauregarde) as the lucky kids whose golden tickets are granted access to magic. Candy land is run by eccentric confectioner Willy Wonka. As child actors, they were transported here to Bavarian Germany to explore bizarre film sets and work with budding comedy genius Gene Wilder on Mel Stewart’s upcoming adaptation of Roald Dahl’s famous novel. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

This does not mean that Wilder and Wonka share all this in common.

“I think people kind of wanted us to tell you he was like Willy Wonka, but he wasn’t,” Cole told Yahoo Entertainment during a virtual meeting with Ostrum, Bollner, and Themmen in celebration of the film’s 50th anniversary this week. Plus a 4K UHD Blu-ray version (see above). “He was a very likable, kind and humble man.”

“He was totally humble, he wasn’t pretentious, he was just a wonderful person to be around and work with,” says Wilder’s Ostrom, who died in 2016 at the age of 83.

This week, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory celebrates 50 years (Warner Bros.)

all four Wonka The performers we spoke with had nothing but warm memories of Wilder, who also included his blockbuster movie blazing saddles And the Young Frankenstein; However, Wilder didn’t quite share the warm feelings when it came to one of the former actors (only Cole continued to work in entertainment after the 1970s).

In the years since the film’s release, Themmen have been described as the “notorious hooligans of the group”, with Wilder calling him “a handful”.

Precious smiles: “I can confirm that.” I was younger than the others. I was eleven, and they were thirteen, and he was naturally kinda more enthusiastic and energetic.

As an adult, Themmen had a brief but memorable reunion with Wilder where he was Wonka The actor confirmed his feelings. Themmen attended a show to raise money for Wilder’s 1976 movie silver line At the Avon Theater in Stamford, Connecticut, the city in which Wilder spent most of his adult life.

“I sat in the back of the room and he made his comment and then went up to the front of the room with my poster in my hand,” Thiemen recalls. I said, ‘Hi Jane, how are you? I’m Paris Themmen, I’m Mike Tiffy Willy Wonka“.

And he said, ‘Oh, you’ve been naughty! And then I went back 50 years, or 40 years back in that time, and said, “Okay, I’m 50 now and probably not much naughty.” And my poster signed, “To my favorite brat.”

Dahl’s novel was adapted again in 2005 with directed by Tim Burton and Johnny Depp playing Wonka. The character will soon return to screens in a racy origin story starring 25-year-old acclaimed actor Timothée Chalamet (Call me by your name, Dune) as a young wonka, from ، Harry Potter Producer David Heyman.

and innovative Wonka The stars are totally fine with that.

“One of the nice things about them is that they don’t have to do a direct comparison because it’s a preprint rather than a remake,” Thiemen says. “So he doesn’t have to be as good as Jane, which is a very difficult thing to do. But he’s a talented actor. I don’t know if he has the wild eyes that Jane has, but he’s kind of hairy.

“You can’t kill a Wonka,” Ostrund says. It plays over and over again, whether it’s the original or a remake with Johnny Depp. And that brought attention back to our movie. The kids saw the Johnny Depp version, and their parents said, ‘You need to see the original.’ Anything that talks about Wonka is useful for the Wonka story. It’s It’s a great story and one that needs to be told, no matter who’s producing it or who makes it.”

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Now available on 4K UHD Blu-ray from retailers including Amazon. Wonka It will also return to cinemas on August 15 and August 18 via Fathom . events.

Video produced by Jane Kochak and edited by Steve Michel

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