Like all Dahl fans, I was incredibly saddened to hear of Gene Wilder’s death this morning. He is the reason that Willy Wonka became the worldwide icon that it is today. I have donated $50 to Alzheimer’s Australia in his memory, and if you are able, I suggest you do as well!
Here are some links to information about him and his work:
Gene Wilder-One of the truly great talents of our time. He blessed every film we did with his magic & he blessed me with his friendship.
— Mel Brooks (@MelBrooks) August 29, 2016
Gene Wilder acted at a different frequency than any other. He was always a moment away from tenderness or hysteria. What an original.
— alan tudyk (@AlanTudyk) August 29, 2016
"Good Day Sir!"
RIP Gene Wilder
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) August 29, 2016
Gene Wilder was one of the funniest and sweetest energies ever to take a human form. If there's a heaven he has a Golden Ticket. ;^)
— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) August 29, 2016
In an interview with Larry King in 2002, Gene Wilder talks about how he got his role as Willy Wonka. Source: CNN
His entrance as Wonka: