Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory has everything you could ever want in a movie – snozzberries, oompa loompas, and a lifetime supply of chocolate. Today’s episode is with two actors from the original film – Julie Dawn Cole (Veruca Salt) and Paris Themmen (Mike Teavee)!
Alamo Drafthouse did an event paying tribute to the classic film and the legendary Gene Wilder (Damn you 2016). Anyway, I was lucky enough to host it! I got the chance to hang out with Julie and Paris for a bit before we did the show. Julie’s accent makes her sound like british royalty and I felt the need to curtsy every time she said my name. Paris is a gem, has a great laugh, and looks exactly the same…except the grown ass man version.
Everybody and their mama has seen this movie, so Julie and Paris were greeted by a theater full of hundreds of adoring fans of all ages. Before the movie started they told us a few bloopers to look out for.
Augustus Getting Freaky with the Wall
(Starts at 2:28)
A Girl Getting Smacked in the Chin when the Candy Man lifts the Counter
(Starts at 1:51)
We held a giant gummy bear eating contest with super two fans of the movie, Meghan and Shy. Meghan (an adult) ate the most of her 1200 calories gummy bear, but Shy (a 10 year old boy) ending up taking home the prize. You’ll find out why in the episode. It was crazy, and I’m glad I didn’t get sued!
The Q & A with Paris and Julie was amazing. They have so many wonderful stories about making this movie – seeing the Chocolate Room for the first time, the unfortunate demises of their characters, and of course – working with Gene.
Julie confessed that Peter Ostrum (Charlie) asked her out on a date
but took Denise Nickerson (Violet) when she waited to long to respond.
Gene Wilder once said that he liked working with all of the kids except one.
Paris admitted it was him. No judgement. I mean he was eleven.
I hope you enjoy the interview! It was such a pleasure hanging out with Julie and Paris. Doing this interview made me feel like I won my own golden ticket. *Cue sweet ass Grandpa Joe dance moves* Slugworth, holla at your girl!
We Miss You Gene!