19 Facts You Probably Didn't Know About "Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory"
Spoiler: The wallpaper tasted like wallpaper.
Gene Wilder came up with the idea for Wonka to make his entrance with a limp and do that famous somersault.
Director Mel Stuart didn't allow the actors to see the Chocolate Room before they shot the scene.
In fact, that was a recurring tactic for Stuart: He didn't warn anyone about the infamous boat scene either.
The actors claim that anything they ate in the Chocolate Room was edible, but the chocolate river was NOT chocolate.
Wilder also says in the DVD commentary that his delicious-looking buttercup was actually made of wax.
Oh, and that wallpaper? It tasted like wallpaper, not Snozzberries.
The civil rights movement is, in part, why the movie is called Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory when the book is called Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
The Oompa Loompa actors came from different European countries and spoke many different languages, which made learning the songs and dances very difficult.
The Oompa Loompa actors became fast friends despite those language barriers, and would often go out drinking together. One time, they pranked everyone staying at the cast and crew's hotel.
According to head Oompa Loompa Rusty Goffe, the scene where he does (admittedly bad) cartwheels took 76 takes.
Speaking of Rusty Goffe, he continues to act to this day and had a role in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
Ostrum, on the other hand, never appeared in another movie. He turned down a multi-film deal with the studio to be a veterinarian.
The movie's $3 million budget (pretty low even for the time) was provided entirely by Quaker Oats, who saw the movie as a promotional opportunity.
The last line of the movie was almost "Yippee!" until Stuart had it rewritten on the spot.
One thing you might not have noticed: There are exactly enough seats on Wonka's riverboat.
And another: The musical code that Wonka plays is actually from Mozart's Marriage of Figaro, even though Mrs. Teevee says it's Rachmaninoff.
Many people theorize that Wonka’s office has half-items because Slugworth took half his empire, but that's not the real reason.
The movie was shot in Munich, Germany.
In the DVD commentary, Ostrum said that he and Wilder would have lunch together toward the end of shooting and share a chocolate bar for dessert as they walked back to set.
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