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Gene Wilder Insisted On Improvising One Of Willy Wonka's Most Famous Scenes

As a child, my favorite part of "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" was always watching Gene Wilder glide around in his purple velvet coat and puffy bow tie. He was captivating in a way no other adult had ever been, and never once did I feel frightened of him. It also never dawned on me that the children, bad seeds that they were, may be disappearing to their deaths at the hands of this charming candy man. But watching him now as an adult, I realize just how terrifying Willy Wonka is. He's soft spoken and not quick to anger, but beneath his seemingly gentle personality is a tricksy man who you can never really trust.
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The B-Side – Gene Wilder (with Amanda Waltz)

Welcome to The B-Side, from The Film Stage. Here we talk about movie stars! Not the movies that made them famous or kept them famous, but the ones they made in between. Today, we go from wild to Wilder! Gene Wilder! Conor and I are joined by the Pittsburgh-based writer Amanda Waltz, the A&E Editor at the Pittsburgh City Paper and a co-host of the Ghoul on Ghoul Podcast.
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Gene Wilder Once Got in An Argument with Mel Brooks Over Halloween Classic

Gene Wilder and Mel Brooks have a long list of classic projects that they have worked on together over their long, successful careers. Some of the duo’s unbelievably successful works include the 1967 production of The Producers and the 1974 wildly successful comedy, Blazing Saddles. Everything the duo touched turned into a piece of iconic film history. The two truly had a knack for creating something amazing on screen.
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‘Willy Wonka’ Fans Debate: Gene Wilder Or Johnny Depp?

Willy Wonka is trending online as fans continue to debate whose performance is the best: Gene Wilder or Johnny Depp? Wilder originated the role of chocolatier Willy Wonka in the 1971 film, bringing the whole Wonka universe to life. Little did fans of the time know that it would go on to spawn a reboot starring Johnny Depp, which many new generations have grown up with.
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Gene Wilder trounces Johnny Depp in Willy Wonka debate

Johnny Depp was trending on Twitter Friday morning, but it wasn’t because his rabid fans were once again trying to salvage his reputation by fomenting attacks against his ex-wife, Amber Heard. Instead, Depp was handily losing an informal Twitter poll over who was the best Willy Wonka: Him or the...
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‘You were a brat!’: What happened when Gene Wilder met a Willy Wonka child star decades on

Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory child star Paris Themmen has described what it was like meeting the film’s lead Gene Wilder, decades after they starred together.To celebrate the film’s 50th anniversary this week, several of the child actors came together for a virtual reunion.Themmen, who played Golden Ticket-winner and TV-obsessed rascal Mike Teavee in the film, was joined by Peter Ostrum (Charlie Bucket), Julie Dawn Cole (Veruca Salt), Michael Bollner (Augustus Gloop), and Denise Nickerson (Violet Beauregarde).Since shooting the movie, Themmen has been described as a “notorious troublemaker on the set”, with Wilder calling him “a handful”.“I can...
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‘Willy Wonka’ child stars reveal who Gene Wilder said was a ‘brat’

“Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” premiered 50 years ago on June 30, 1971 and gained a cult following over the years. The film has become such a phenomenon that it was registered in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress for being deemed “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.”
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Original ‘Willy Wonka’ Stars Sound Off on Actor Taking Role Made Famous by Gene Wilder in Upcoming Prequel Film

Actors from the 1971 Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory have opened up about their thoughts on a younger actor taking over the iconic role made famous by Gene Wilder. Paris Themmen, who played Mike Teavee in the original, recently opened up during an interview about Warner Bros.’ choice to book 25-year-old Timothée Chalamet to play a younger version of Willy Wonka in the upcoming prequel.
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