Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory is without a doubt a classic. If you’re not obsessed with the Oompa Loompas, then you’re WISHING you could take a dip in the chocolate river. Or is that just me? It’s hard to believe that this movie has been out for 45 years! Seriously. To celebrate, we have the very best secrets about the movie and we’re sharing them with you!
1. Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory was based on Roald Dahl’s book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Does anyone else remember reading this as a kid? It was one of my favorites.
2. Apparently, Roald was so unhappy 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 Roald never even watched the entire film because he hated it so much. Conflicting sources say that he attended the premiere and was always happy while on set.
If he really didn’t like the movie, I can’t say I blame him.
Yes, the movie is wonderful, but it has moments that really deviate from the book.
3. Gene Wilder only agreed to play Willy Wonka on one condition.
He wanted to be able to 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.