Crazy Secrets About The ‘Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory’ Movie
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory was based on Roald Dahl’s book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Apparently, Dahl was so disappointed with how the movie portrayed his book that he refused to give up the rights to Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator. It’s also reported that he never even watched the entire film because he hated it so much.
Gene Wilder only agreed to play Willy Wonka if he could do the scene where he walks out of the factory using a cane, and after the cane gets stuck, he falls forward and does a somersault.
Apparently all the Oompa Loompas would get drunk and pull pranks on the rest of the cast during the movie shoot.
The chocolate river was made of 150,000 gallons of water, real chocolate, and cream. By the end of filming, the cream started to spoil so the smell of the set was unbearable.
Peter Ostrum, who plays Charlie, went through puberty during filming. In the start of the movie his voice is much higher than it is at the end.
Peter never appeared in another movie after this one – he even turned down some big roles. He said he didn’t want acting to be his profession and actually went on to be a veterinarian instead.