Wednesday, August 31, 2016

The ‘Willy Wonka’ Kids Remember Gene Wilder; Where Are They Now?

Denise Nickerson, Paris Themmen, Julie Dawn Cole who starred in "Willy Wonka" remember Gene Wilder
Denise Nickerson, Paris Themmen, Julie Dawn Cole (Inquisitr)
This week many are mourning the death of Gene Wilder, and as much as he would have liked to be known for other things, he will forever be remembered as Willy Wonka. It is well documented that Wilder was never really happy with his performance in the 1971 movie Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, but for many, they wouldn’t have it any other way, including the kids who played their roles beside him.

In 2011, those same kids, now in their 50’s, spoke to Bryan Reesman from MTV and told him what they thought of the actor. It was during the 40 year reunion of the film that Peter Ostrum said that he considered Gene Wilder a close friend and appreciated his help relating to Mel Stuart, the director of Willy Wonka movie.

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