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Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!

Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory is one of my favorite films, no ifs ands or buts about it. Gene Wilder’s central turn is the perfect balance of warmth and creepy… which, in an odd way, is almost how all adults feel to kids. The glint of insanity in Wilder’s eyes is both endearing and scary. I don’t know how he does that, but goddamnit he’s a master at it.

Well, today we’re featuring the man as he lounges with little Peter Ostrum’s Charlie Bucket. Did you know that this film is 40 years old this year? How fucked up is that? I’m getting old.

Thanks to Steve C. for passing along this pic and in such high res. Make sure to click for the bigger version! Enjoy it!




Tomorrow’s Behind the Scenes Pic of the Day features one big fish!

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  • March 19, 2011, 11:46 p.m. CST

    I'm never first goddamnit

    by proevad

    Great pic

  • March 19, 2011, 11:49 p.m. CST

    post 0

    by LarryTheCableGuy

  • March 19, 2011, 11:50 p.m. CST


    by Sluggolicious

  • March 19, 2011, 11:51 p.m. CST


    by Meadowe

    Would've loved to see how they looked without cameras rolling.

  • March 19, 2011, 11:51 p.m. CST

    Ah what the hell

    by CT1


  • March 19, 2011, 11:52 p.m. CST

    Oh, And This Movie's All Sorts of Awesome

    by Sluggolicious

    Though I usualy skip past the opening sequences until Wilder appears on-screen.

  • March 19, 2011, 11:52 p.m. CST


    by Meadowe

    Alberto Falcone. Hope that ends up as a good role for him, and the movie as a whole.

  • March 20, 2011, 12:01 a.m. CST

    Alberto Falcone?? again with the mafia? FUCK

    by KilliK

  • March 20, 2011, 12:03 a.m. CST


    by AugustusMacReady

    Now I feel old also. A truly great film.

  • March 20, 2011, 12:05 a.m. CST

    @kilik i know im sick of the fucking MAFIA in NOLANS BATMOVIES

    by MerryHulkster


  • March 20, 2011, 12:18 a.m. CST

    what a fantastic photo op

    by George Newman


  • March 20, 2011, 12:38 a.m. CST

    Is Gene Wilder still alive?

    by Nerd Rage

    That guy just disappeared into thin air.

  • March 20, 2011, 12:41 a.m. CST

    The Mafia is the perfect backdrop enemy for a realistic Batman movie.

    by Nerd Rage

    You prefer flying penguins?

  • March 20, 2011, 12:42 a.m. CST

    Willy Wonka always makes me think of Nolan's realism in his Batman movies.

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

    Can't you guys just eat chocolate and like it? Of course Gene Wilder is alive, until the radioactive iodine kills him.

  • March 20, 2011, 1:03 a.m. CST

    so Batman is a fag in Nolanverse?

    by KilliK

    since he can fight only mafiosos while the comic Batman has kicked even Darkseid's ass. Mature stuff,you know for adults.

  • March 20, 2011, 1:07 a.m. CST

    will the Nolanoids...

    by maxwell's hammer

    ...leave just one talkback where the young at heart can frolic with gleeful whimsy instead of talking about how Christopher Nolan is the new David Lean? Just one? Eh?

  • March 20, 2011, 1:27 a.m. CST

    gene wilder is awesome

    by joe

    young frankenstein, stir crazy, see no evil hear no evil, silver bullet etc. i'd love to meet the guy one day.

  • March 20, 2011, 2:27 a.m. CST

    I saw this when it opened...

    by justmyluck

    ...and it scared the shit out of me as a kid. Never saw it again. I think it was due to some kid turning blue and inflating after eating candy which, being a kid who ate candy, must have freaked me out. Never saw the Burton remake, either. I was WONKA-MATIZED.

  • March 20, 2011, 4:03 a.m. CST

    amazing film!

    by billyhitchcock1

    Great picture quint. Easily in my top 10 childhood films. Slugworth still scares the crap out of me. I could barely watch Burton's effort even though i'm a huge fan of him and depp. Gene wilder is one of the best actors ever!

  • March 20, 2011, 4:08 a.m. CST

    ok, tell me if I'm being dumb...

    by Ace of Wands 2

    ...but how does Willy Wonka tie in with Quint's clue from the previous BTS picture which was: "Tomorrow’s Behind the Scenes Pic must go forward in order to go back!"????

  • March 20, 2011, 4:41 a.m. CST


    by RoyBattysBatter

    It's a line from the movie, I think its when they first step into the factory and the perspectives go all screwy. I think

  • March 20, 2011, 4:46 a.m. CST


    by Ace of Wands 2

    thanks for that; I'm not sure that I have ever watched the movie fully (I'm not as enamoured as some and got nothing from the Burton film either) so I couldn't visualise where that line came into play.

  • March 20, 2011, 5:39 a.m. CST

    I love Jim Rome's rake on Grandpa Joe

    by disfigurehead

    He does nothing but lay around in bed while Charlie's mom works 3 jobs. Then when Charlie gets the golden ticket all of a sudden he can dance and run a around. Gravy trainer.

  • March 20, 2011, 6:06 a.m. CST

    Gene Wilder = gold mine

    by shatnerd

    Gene Wilder has his own brand of ridiculous awesome that is just DIFFERENT (and did I mention "awesome"?). Some sly director needs to cast the crap out of him SOON!!!!!! (I'm looking at you, Wes Anderson.) You can't find that particular flavor of lunatic frenzy anywhere else, and once he's gone, he's gone.

  • March 20, 2011, 7:45 a.m. CST

    Anyone else see "Stir Crazy" on Cops last night...

    by Scott2tune

    During the end of an arrest at an prototypical trashy meth-induced home- as the cops were searching for weapons and drugs- sitting on top of the TV was a DVD for "Stir Crazy". Got to love Cops!

  • March 20, 2011, 8:08 a.m. CST

    Silver Streak, Tigerblood, not Silver Bullet

    by jawsfan

    But I'm sure you knew that. I'll grant you the typo.

  • March 20, 2011, 8:12 a.m. CST

    That shot of....

    by Horgy

    Wonka looking through the pipes and steam of the gum machine is one of the most incredible shots in cinema. The look on his face is such a combination of wonder, hunger, amazement, creepiness, everything that this movie stands for, surrounded by the inner workings of his factory. Love it!

  • March 20, 2011, 9:12 a.m. CST

    "Again with the mafia?"

    by A G

    That has to be one of the most unusual reactions I can imagine to the role of organised crime in a fucking Batman film. Batman faces criminals, these criminals are organised as the most dangerous criminals are, amongst those criminals emerges super-villians to ward off the threat of Batman. Pretty logical. Alongside those criminals come the more psychotic individuals like the Joker who will manipulate the crime gangs for their own gain. It would be patently ridiculous if Batman set out to prevent crime and corruption in Gotham and spent all of his time chasing after the Joker whilst the mafia continued as usual.

  • I looked them up and learned a bit of poetry. Cool stuff.

  • March 20, 2011, 9:26 a.m. CST

    Get off my lawn you fucking whipersnappers!

    by Kentucky Colonel

    Fourty years old. Damn, we are geezerfying quickly. I hit 41 this year in January...but I have a son that's three and another on the way, so hopefully they'll keep me young for a while. My music collection dosen't help, either. The last "new" album I bought was Johnny Cash Live at Madison Square Gardens, 1969. Also, my wife is 9 years younger than I am. Rowr! Still one of the best movies ever made. I'd love to see a lot more behind-the-scenes from Willy's Factory.

  • March 20, 2011, 9:32 a.m. CST

    Mitch 2:

    by Kentucky Colonel

    When the kids all get to the factory and sign the release, Willy ushers them all into a moire-like elevator room thingy (a favorite line here: "Somebody's touching me!"). It opens into a hallway painted in forced perspective, that it, it appears like a long hallway but the room itself is not long at all and in fact gets smaller, too, height-wise. Someone at this point says something like "Turn around, we're getting out of here!" (Mr. Salt?) and Willy sez "You must go forward to get back" or sumshit like that. I wonder if it's on Hulu or wanna watch!

  • March 20, 2011, 9:38 a.m. CST

    I love this movie!!!

    by brocknroll

    The original is a classic, fuck the crappy Tim Burton remake!

  • March 20, 2011, 9:42 a.m. CST

    Gene Wilder rocks

    by Kentucky Colonel

    You should read his post-Gilda autobiography. I think he lost his cherry to Teri Garr. Can you just IMAGINE? Teri is one of the most under-rated hottest chicks of all time, no? Roll, roll, roll in ze hay! What knockers! And that skirt in the Star Trek episode she was in (Roberta Lincoln in "Assignment: Earth" which was floated as the first Trek spin-off)!!??!! Who was the suit that nixed that idea? The book is a pretty easy read, and Gene comes off as likeablely neurotic. If it was in the library near my house it's probably in a library near you, too. "Kiss Me Like a Stranger" by Gene Wilder. Check it out.

  • March 20, 2011, 9:46 a.m. CST

    The song he sings on the Wonkatania

    by Juggernaut125

    is some of the best fucked up scary shit in ANY kid's movie. LOVE this movie. And a great pic.

  • March 20, 2011, 10:02 a.m. CST

    "Charlie bit me"

    by Tigger Tales

  • March 20, 2011, 10:04 a.m. CST

    that is INDEED striking how that hi-res photo survived 40 years

    by Tigger Tales

    without getting grainy or chopped up.... heck, even most old photos that are in excellent condition will turn up a bit of noise in the scanning process. This one is almost flawless.

  • March 20, 2011, 10:10 a.m. CST

    That LSD boat trip freaked me out

    by maxjohnson1971

    What the hell was the deal with the chicken getting its head cut off too? Man, could you get away with that in a "kids" movie these days? I doubt it. Too bad huh?

  • March 20, 2011, 10:12 a.m. CST

    I read the Dahl disliked Wilder as Willy Wonka.

    by Ingeld

    I think this movie is better that the book--particularly the ending in which Charlie loses because of what they have done and then Charlie redeems himself. No, Sir, you lose! None of that was in the book. Charlie was simply flawless all the way through.

  • March 20, 2011, 10:22 a.m. CST


    by s0l

    That's one of the scenes i remember vividly, hint of something evil behind the sugary goodness...

  • March 20, 2011, 10:32 a.m. CST

    Re: "Again with the mafia?"

    by MakNeil

    While off-topic, I feel the need to respond to this. I suspect people are responding to the news of the Mafia playing a big role in the new Batman film because it appears that Chris Nolan is taking all the wonderful, superheroic stuff out of the character. By basing it so concretely in the real world, he's taken just about all that made the character interesting, away. Kind of like he did with his incredibly over-rated Inception, except in reverse. Nolan seems to forget that Batman is based upon a COMIC BOOK CHARACTER, not Elliot Ness. It's almost as if Nolan saw the Batman television series–which reveled in camp and silliness, and said that he wanted to make a movie that was the opposite in every way. By way of comparison, if Spider-Man spent his entire time facing down commonplace thugs instead of Mysterio (still waiting to see him in a movie), Electro, or Doc Ock, then fans of the character would be in an uproar. He needs to get back to the basics, though you can see this tendency in all of Nolan's Batman films. And, back on topic, Gene Wilder's Willie Wonka is indeed one of the creepiest characters to ever appear on film, and how Mel Stewart was able to keep his performance from the cutting room floor was beyond me. It was something about the way Gene Wilder looked that made me suspect that he had a Soyent Green factory hidden there or perhaps his factory was a front for a temple to Cthulhu. That's what Tim Burton's version missed. Johnny Depp's Willie Wonka seemed to just be weird for weird's sake, as opposed to being weird because that's the way he rolled.

  • March 20, 2011, 10:51 a.m. CST


    by elsewhere

    Is loosely based on The Long Halloween which is mafia focused. Thank god I read talkbacks otherwise I would have never known about JGL playing a Falcone.

  • March 20, 2011, 10:55 a.m. CST

    ^ Nolans trilogy

    by elsewhere

    Is what I meant to say.

  • March 20, 2011, 11:45 a.m. CST

    40 years ago......

    by Dark Doom

    My Dad was taking me to this movie, and he had a hippy 'too cool for this kid movie' friend. The friend relented and agreed to see this movie with us. My Dad, (a kid at heart) knew somehow that Wilder was great in this and that was a game changing movie, and 10 minutes into the movie the friend was screaming about how great this movie was. Wonka in the boat scene was insane (you have to see it in 70mm in a theatre not cut in half), and Wilder was crazy, creepy and very cool-"the suspense is killing me, I hope it lasts". This movie is one of my top twenty (Star Wars, 2001, Strangelove, Forbidden Planet, Silent Running, Dark Star, Alien, etc...) Burton's abortion and pedophile depp aren't even a pimple on the ass of this classic.

  • March 20, 2011, 11:51 a.m. CST

    Is there a Gene Wilder DVD box set?

    by tangcameo

    I love all his movies (well except for Haunted Honeymoon which made NO fricking sense). Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother, The World's Greatest Lover, The San Francisco Kid...

  • March 20, 2011, 12:04 p.m. CST

    by Colonel_Blimp

    In hindsight this is not a very good film. The kid was awful.

  • March 20, 2011, 12:05 p.m. CST

    Pure Classic

    by thepoohguy

    In every sense of the word. So many quotable lines... "Spitting's a nasty habit." "I know a worse one." This elevator is made out of glass, we'll be cut into a thousand pieces." "Probably." "You get nothing! YOU LOSE! GOOD DAY SIR!" "So shines a good deed." Seriously, I'm not even sure the human brain can embrace the awesomeness that is this movie. How did Gene Wilder not win an Academy Award for his portrayal of Wonka?

  • March 20, 2011, 12:54 p.m. CST

    His performances as Wonka and Fronkenshteen . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . were so damn Oscar worthy. I have the scene at the end where Wonka is yelling at Grandpa about Charlie cheating and stealing fizzy lifting drink in my head. I love Gene Wilder!

  • March 20, 2011, 1:26 p.m. CST

    I loved most of this movie...but HATED one part

    by Dreamwriter

    The part where they showed that Charlie wasn't any better than any of the other kids, because he did exactly what Wonka told him not to. He should not have won, should have been sent home without his reward like everybody else. And when it came down to it, Wonka didn't slyly mock him, he went out of character and yelled at Charlie. None of that was in the book, and not only did it not add anything to the movie, it made it worse. And because they added that, they then had to add Slugworth, just to find a way to redeem Charlie in the end.

  • March 20, 2011, 1:35 p.m. CST

    Wonka Kids Reunion

    by SonnyBonoWigDo

    the Chiller Theatre convention in New Jersey is featuring all 5 kids from the original Wonka movie as guests. check out the full list here Http://

  • March 20, 2011, 1:39 p.m. CST


    by nieman

    In the movie, after the first elevator, someone says they want to go back to get out or something along those lines...he tells them "you can't go back that way to get out; you have to go forward to go back" That's how I knew it was going to be this movie from the clue.

  • March 20, 2011, 1:51 p.m. CST

    re: dreamwriter

    by Ingeld

    That's why I liked the movie more than the book. It made Charlie an imperfect hero but a perfectly normal kid--one who makes mistakes--that he feels remorse for. This --this--makes him stand apart and worthy--not that he is perfect. This was a kid that a child could relate to--it made him a dynamic character rather than a static one. That Wonka got more upset with him than the others shows that he was more disappointed with Charlie than the others who he probably knew would not be right for taking over his factory.

  • March 20, 2011, 2:18 p.m. CST


    by AugustusMacReady

    Would have been an awesome Riddler, even though he's half in costume for the Joker.

  • March 20, 2011, 2:28 p.m. CST


    by joe

    you are correct. it's probably my least favorite of my favorite wilder movies, hence the excuse for the typo.

  • March 20, 2011, 3:42 p.m. CST

    Why not just do away with the bat-suit and bat-cave while you're at it

    by MooseMalloy

  • March 20, 2011, 3:58 p.m. CST

    Film ending is one of the best parts of the movie...


    The whole scene in Wonka's 1/2 office is great. Sure Charlie tried the fizzy lifting drinks, but he would never have screwed Willy over by selling the Gobstopper to Slugworth. All the other kids and their parents were licking their chops at the idea of cashing in on the Gobstopper. The fact that Charlie returned it after Wonka told him he was to get nothing showed his true "goodness". Either way, this is a beloved childhood classic for me which must hold up because now my young kids love it as well. BTW, two days in a row of classic films that were horribly remade by Burton. Tomorrow could be Burton himself.

  • March 20, 2011, 4:25 p.m. CST

    When they filmed the candy room scene

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    they didn't let the kids onto the set until the first take, so the reaction you see from the kids is their genuine reaction. If you get the chance watch the DVD with the commentary. It has all the kids, now grownups of course, talking about the movie. I think the only one they might not have is Mike Teevee, but I don't recall.

  • March 20, 2011, 6:06 p.m. CST

    "No. Don't. Stop." delivered impassively

    by smudgewhat

    So fuckin excellent and hilarious. Agree Wilder gets lifetime achievement for excellent fun weird uniqueness on film. These guys are too rare. We are worthy but most of the sleeping public is not.

  • March 20, 2011, 6:33 p.m. CST

    Did this come from the NAMBLA website?

    by Doug

  • March 20, 2011, 11:38 p.m. CST


    by proevad hate the best scene in the fucking movie. stay gold ponyboy. stay gold.

  • March 21, 2011, 3:36 a.m. CST

    @ Tigerblood - I agree....

    by Ray_Tango

    ...those are all some wonderful Gene films. I particularly like See No Evil, Hear No Evil, even though it's sort of below what Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor deserved, it's still got a lot of laughs. It's very crude too, which I love about 80's comedies. Though nothing can top their pairing in Blazing Saddles... oh no, that's right Richard wasn't bankable at that point in time so they got that other guy. Still, it's a great scene: Bart: Well, Jim, since you are my guest and I am your host, what's your pleasure? What do you like to do? Jim: Oh, I don't know. Play chess... screw... Bart: [quickly] Well, let's play chess.

  • March 21, 2011, 3:38 a.m. CST


    by Ray_Tango

    ... I meant: Bart: Well, Jim, since you are my guest and I am your host, what's your pleasure? What do you like to do? Jim: Oh, I don't know. Play chess... Fuck... Bart: [quickly] Well, let's play chess. (stupid sensitized IMDB quote, that's not right, right? It's 'fuck' not 'screw'?)

  • March 21, 2011, 10:28 a.m. CST

    No, he says "Screw"

    by Kentucky Colonel

    I think it's a better fit than fuck (in this instance).

  • March 21, 2011, 11:39 a.m. CST

    by Doug

    you're a dick, bro

  • March 21, 2011, 1:25 p.m. CST

    That little boy grew up to be Cameron Diaz.

    by Cletus Van Damme

    No lie.

  • March 21, 2011, 2:20 p.m. CST

    This is one of those films that I actually enjoyed more

    by sweeneydave

    than the book. I remember reading the book and being let down. When Burton said he was remaking it based on the book I was disappointed.

  • March 21, 2011, 9:10 p.m. CST

    The very best, especially Gene Wilder. Screw that Depp remake.

    by IronEagle74

    And screw Hollyweird for remaking classics like this movie.