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“Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” premiered 50 years ago on June 30, 1971 and gained a cult following in the years following.

The film has become such a phenomenon that it was registered in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress for being deemed “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant”.

Former child actors Peter Ostrom, Julie Don Cole, Michael Bolner, Paris Thieman and Dennis Nickerson – who played Charlie Buckett, Veruca Salt, Augustus Gloup, Mike Teeve and Violet Beauregard, respectively – appeared for a virtual reunion yahoo entertainment In honor of the anniversary of the film.

The actors, who co-starred as the four lucky Golden Ticket winners who got to explore the wonderful Wonka Chocolate Factory, all had fond memories of exploring whimsical film sets in Bavarian Germany and working with Gene Wilder. But he did reveal who the great comic had troubled as his character.

Since the shooting of the film, Thyman has been labeled a “notorious troublemaker on set”, with Wilder calling him a “handful”.

Back row: Michael Bolner, Ursula Reit, Leonard Stone, Gene Wilder and Roy Kinnear Front row: Denise Nickerson, Julie Don Cole, Nora Deeney, Paris Thieman, Peter Ostrom and Jack Albertson
back row: Michael Bolner, Ursula Reit, Leonard Stone, Gene Wilder and Roy Kinnear.
the front row: Denise Nickerson, Julie Don Cole, Nora Deeney, Paris Thieman, Peter Ostrom and Jack Albertson.
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“I can confirm that,” the actor, best known for playing television-obsessed badass Mike TV, confirmed. “I was younger than the others. I was 11, they were 13 and naturally more enthusiastic and fiery.”

Years after filming, the now-62-year-old had a brief reunion with Wilder while attending a fund-raiser screening of Wilder’s 1976 hit “Silver Streak” at the Avon Theater in Stamford, Connecticut, where the famous The actor confirmed his feelings.

“I sat down at the back of the room and he gave his remarks and then I went to the front of the room with my poster afterwards,” said Themen, smiling. “I said, ‘Hi, Jean, how are you? I’m Paris Theeman, in ‘Willy Wonka’ I was Mike TV.”

“And he said, ‘Oh, you were a brat!’ And I flashed all the way back to 50 years, or 40 years at the time, and said, ‘Well, I’m 50-something now and maybe not as much as a brat.’ And he signed my poster, ‘To my favorite brat’.”

Gene Wilder died in 2016.
Gene Wilder died in 2016.
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Wilder died in 2016 At the age of 83, after a long and successful career in several classic films such as “Young Frankenstein,” “The Producers” and “Blazing Saddles.”

Reflecting on his time with the iconic actor, Cole, who played Veruca Salt, said: “I think people want us to tell you he was like Willy Wonka Offset, but he wasn’t.”

The actress, known for playing the group’s spoiled brat, shared, “He was such a sweet, kind man, so humble.”

Diana Sovale, Julie Don Cole, Peter Ostrom, Michael Bolner, Denise Nickerson and Paris Thieman in 2014.
Diana Sovale, Julie Don Cole, Peter Ostrom, Michael Bolner, Denise Nickerson and Paris Thieman in 2014.
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“He was just grounded, not pretentious, he was just an amazing person to work with and work with,” says Ostrom.

The 50-anniversary of “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”, starring Timothée Chalamet, comes on the heels of the announcement of a prequel to the famous film based on the book by Roald Dahl, whose arrival date is already set for March 2023.

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