I know, you’re thinking exactly who is Gene Wilder?
He is the man who originally portrayed Willy Wonka, way before Johnny Depp decided to give it a bash. He’s also the man who launched a thousand memes, something we hinted at HERE.
Gene and his family kept his Alzheimer’s diagnosis a secret, meaning much of his last few years was spent away from the public eye. His last big interview was back in 2013, and the Daily Beast decided to take a trip down memory lane.
Here are some excerpts from that interview:
On the biggest misconception about him:
“What a comic, what a funny guy, all that stuff! And I’m not. I’m really not. Except in a comedy in films. But I make my wife laugh once or twice in the house, but nothing special.
On why he hadn’t made a movie in over a decade:
“The swearing and the loud, the bombing, and after a while, they were dirty. And once in a while, there was a nice, good film, but not very many…If something comes along that’s really good and I think I would be good for it, I’d be happy to do it. But not too many came along.
On what he brought to Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory:
“I thought the script was very good, but something was missing. I wanted to come out with a cane, come down slowly, have it stick into one of the bricks, get up, fall over, roll around, and they all laugh and applaud. The director asked, ‘What do you want to do that for?’ I said because from that time on, no one will know if I’m lying or telling the truth.”
Hey, maybe you’re a hardcore fan and those titbits didn’t quite satisfy your Gene craving. In that case, here’s a 28-minute interview with the man himself:
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