Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!
It could be that fantastic Letters of Note entry featuring Gene Wilder’s letter to Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory’s director, Mel Stuart, with his thoughts on the lead character’s costuming, but the film has been on my mind recently. Gene Wilder is one of a kind. There is no modern day equivalent of his particular screen presence. He was a little sad, a little scary, a lot funny and totally empathetic. Well, still is… he’s not gone yet.
Wilder’s Willy Wonka is one of my favorite on-screen characters and I’m at once thankful Johnny Depp didn’t try to copy that performance and appalled at the version of Wonka he did come up with.
So, let’s all gather around and remember the only cinematic Willy Wonka that matters with this shot of Mr. Wilder goofing off with Mel Stuart in the Chocolate Room of his warehouse (aka fat kid heaven… unless your name is Augustus Gloop, of course). Thanks to Pat Barnett for the image!
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Tomorrow’s pic features Stan Winston on one of his lesser known films!