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More tributes to Gene Wilder; AMC to screen Wonka this weekend in US theaters

The tributes to Gene Wilder continue to appear. I particularly enjoyed these interviews with some of the Wonka kids: Peter Ostrum (Charlie Bucket) and Julie Dawn Cole (Veruca Salt).

“It’s kind of like losing a parent,” said Ostrum. “You know it’s going to happen, but it’s still a shock. He was not in good health at the end and it was not unexpected by any means, but when it happens it hits you like, ‘Gene is gone and there will never be anyone like him again.’”

“He was a gentle man, but he was also a gentleman,” he added. “He treated people with respect and dignity.”

Letters of Note also featured a letter written by Gene Wilder to director Mel Stuart with feedback about Wonka’s costume:

“I don’t think of Willy as an eccentric who holds on to his 1912 Dandy’s Sunday suit and wears it in 1970, but rather as just an eccentric — where there’s no telling what he’ll do or where he ever found his get-up — except that it strangely fits him: Part of this world, part of another.”

For those of you lucky enough to be in the US, AMC Theaters are going to be showing Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and Blazing Saddles back-to-back at 55 locations this weekend. More details are here!