HAPPY OCTOBER 1st !!! Halloween season has arrived!!! 🎃 👻
I was seeing some memes around about the “September 30th x October 1st” where people post a normal-looking photo to represent “September 30th” and a photo of the same person looking much more Halloween-themed to represent “October 1st” and the beginning of this spooky month. So, I decided to make the Johnny’s version! All the photos were taken during the filming days, or pretty close days, of each movie, less the Grindelwald one, which are photos of the same day!!!
Prior to Tim Burton’s involvement, Warner Bros., since the 1990s was trying to make a new version of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”. During this time, a lot of directors and actors were considered, or had interest to play Willy Wonka:
1. Robert De Niro 2. Bill Murray 3. John Cleese 4. Christopher Walken 5. Michael Palin 6. Leslie Nielsen 7. Michael Keaton 8. Robin Williams 9. Eric Idle 10. Dustin Hoffman 11. Brad Pitt 12. Dwayne Johnson (Tim Burton’s second choice after Johnny) 13. Ben Stiller 14. Mike Myers 15. Patrick Stewart 16. Adam Sandler 17. Marilyn Manson (Personal interest with a devilish version) 18. Will Smith 19. Steve Martin 20. Rowan Atkinson 21. Nicolas Cage 22. Jim Carrey
Ps. Even Michael Jackson, according to his brother, Jermaine’s, book “You Are Not Alone”, was all set to campaign for the Wonka role.
Tim Burton immediately thought of Johnny as his first and one choice for the role of Willy Wonka, but knowing about Johnny’s busy schedule, if he couldn’t make it, his second choice was going to be Dwayne Johnson.
“Good morning, starshine… the earth
says hello!” ~ Willy Wonka
years ago, today (July 15), the factory was open and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” was released on USA theaters. The premiere
happened at the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, on July 10, 2005, where money for
the Make-a-Wish Foundation was raised, and three days later, in July 13, the
movie was released in Belgium, Switzerland’s French speaking region and France.
Johnny and the cast attended two premières: In L.A. and later in London, in July 17. Directed by Tim Burton, the
new adaptation, based
on the 1964 British novel of the same name by Roald Dahl, was released to
positive critical reception and was a box office success, grossing $475 million
worldwide. In this movie, Johnny plays the eccentric Willy Wonka, the owner of a famous
> Synopsis: The world is astounded when Willy Wonka, for years a recluse in his factory, announces that five lucky people will be given a tour of the factory, shown all the secrets of his amazing candy, and will win a lifetime supply of Wonka chocolate. Nobody wants the prize more than young Charlie, but as his family is so poor that buying even one bar of chocolate is a treat, buying enough bars to find one of the five golden tickets is unlikely in the extreme. But in movieland, magic can happen. Charlie, along with four somewhat odious other children, get the chance of a lifetime and a tour of the factory. Along the way, mild disasters befall each of the odious children, but can Charlie beat the odds and grab the brass ring?
* Johnny and Tim Burton were in the middle of a
dinner when the director told about the movie and about having he to play Willy
Wonka. Tim didn’t even had time to finished his sentence and Johnny didn’t even had
read the script, and said: “I’m in. Absolutely. I’m there”.
It takes 36 minutes for Johnny to fully appear as Willy Wonka.
Busy agenda: While
Johnny were filming the movie during the day as Wonka, at night he kept
working with Tim Burton, now lending his voice to Victor in Corpse Bride. Johnny
already had known about the movie, and he thought it would take some time to
happen and to be prepared for the role, but he was caught by surprise when
while filming “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and Tim arrived on set and said
they could record some of the Corpse Bride movie. Again, Johnny accepted in a blink
of an eye and kept filming both movies paralleled. But, working with two
movies at the same time made him miss his family, so he used to travel from London, where he was filming, to Paris every Friday night to spend the weekend. Then
later, at Sunday, he would return to London to continue filming.
* As a young child growing up in Owensboro, Kentucky, Johnny was allergic to chocolate, but the allergy went away when he reached adulthood. In 2001, after filming “chocolate” Johnny revealed to doesn’t like the taste of “good” chocolate. He prefers the cheap, Easter-bunny type. This is Johnny Depp’s second chocolate-based movie.
* In the book, Wonka, due to his dad being a dentist, he has perfect, too-white teeth, so Johnny decided to use veneers into his mouth and teeth, which actually changed the shape of his face a little bit. Also the character has “twinkling eyes”, so Johnny checked out different colors for contact lenses and decided to wear a lavender one. Depp also wanted to use a prosthetic makeup for the part and have a long, elongated nose, but Burton believed it would be too outrageous.
Johnny invented his
Willy Wonka voice while playing with his daughter Lily-Rose, while she was six-year-old.
They were playing one day and he started to use his Wonka voice, and she kinda
lit up a bit, like, ‘Where’s that coming from?’ And he thought: ‘All right, I
think I’m on the right track here’. Later, when they saw the movie together,
Johnny was nervous and scared about what Lily-Rose and Jack would think about his performance, but
when they came home quoting it, he felt really nice.
When Lily-Rose and
Jack used to watch the original 1971 Gene Wilder film on DVD, Johnny would immediately run
out of the room because he didn’t want to be influenced by his performance one
way or the other.
Johnny was so
impressed with Freddie Highmore’s performance in “Finding Neverland”, that he
recommended Tim Burton observe him and let Highmore screen test for the role of
Inspirations for the
role: Johnny used game show hosts as well as children’s television hosts,
such as Fred Rogers, Bob Keeshan and Al Lewis as his inspiration for his
performance as Willy Wonka. His appearance on the costumes was inspired on
Marilyn Manson’s album “The Golden Age of Grotesque”. About Wonka’s look (exaggerated bob cut and
sunglasses) he inspired on Vogue magazine editor Anna Wintour. Johnny once
stated in an interview that he based his Willy Wonka performance on how he
imagined former U.S. President George W. Bush would act while stoned. He also said in interviews that Willy Wonka
would be “part Howard Hughes-reclusive, germaphobe, controlling nature, part
1970’s glamorous rock star. Johnny and Tim Burton have
always denied rumors that he based his performance on Michael Jackson.
The original Willy
Wonka first actor, Gene Wilder said that, while he liked Tim Burton and Johnny
Depp, he didn’t care much for this adaptation. In an interview he accused the filmmakers of only remaking the
1971 film for the purpose of money. Johnny said he was disappointed by Wilder’s
comment, and responded that the film was not a remake, but a new adaptation of
Dahl’s 1964 book and regardless of the original film, Gene Wilder’s
characterization of Willy Wonka stood out as a unique portrayal. While he wanted to
play a different kind of Willy Wonka.
Prior to Burton’s
involvement, Warner Bros. considered or discussed Willy Wonka’s role with more than 20
actors, such as Brat Pitt, Will Smith and Jim Carey. Even Marylin Manson showed
interest with a devilish twist. Some people also said Michael Jackson was all
set to campaign for the Wonka role and even wrote a soundtrack for the movie. Johnny
was the only actor Burton considered for the role, otherwise Dwayne Johnson was the second choice. This is their fourth project together.
HAPPY 14th ANNIVERSARY for “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”!!! The movie was released on USA theaters on this day (July 15) in 2005.