Fun Fact Friday: Willy Wonka

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September 6, 2013 by Diniquette

Last night I watched WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY for the first time in years……he is the inspiration for today’s Fun Facts. Enjoy!

*If you watch the opening credits, you’ll see that the film’s copyright was held by QUAKER OATS. The cereal maker was launching a line of candy bars and had been talking to movie producers about vehicles to promote it.

*QUAKER OATS sold Wonka Candy to NESTLE`in the 1980’s.

*The chocolate river was created on a soundstage and was 2 feet deep. It consisted of 150,000 gallons of water mixed with chocolate and cream. The mixture spoiled quickly and thus filled the sound stage with a foul odor…..poor Augustus.

*When Gene Wilder got the part, he accepted it on 1 condition: he wanted to make his entrance with the fake old man limping bit that turns into a sumersault. He said: “I knew from then on the audience wouldn’t know if I was lying or telling the truth”.

To quote Mr. Wonka:
“A little nonsense now and then, is relished by the wisest men”.

Happy Friday!

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