And Almost Starring

Episode 103 - Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

November 15, 2022

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This week, we’re looking at all the actors who almost starred in the 1971 musical/fantasy Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory! Which member of the Rat Pack pursued a role? Which rock legend wanted to play Wonka? And which iconic scene in the film was actually Gene Wilder’s idea? Also – Jeff pitches a dark theory about the Bucket family and goes knocking on the door of the CIA searching for movie trivia!


Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory stars Gene Wilder, Peter Ostrum, Jack Albertson, Roy Kinnear, Leonard Stone, Julie Dawn Cole, Denise Nickerson, Nora Denney, Paris Themmen, Ursula Reit, Michael Bollner, Diana Sowle, and Aubrey Woods; directed by Mel Stuart


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