Sunday, October 26, 2014
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Willy Wonka actors recall film as ‘a world of wonders’

By
From page B10 | September 22, 2012 |

willy_wonka

Julie Dawn Cole, left, pictured with Roy Kinnear and Gene Wilder in the 1971 film "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory." Cole and Paris Themmen, who played Mike Tee Vee in the film, will be speaking at the Candy Festival at Jelly Belly.

FAIRFIELD — The moment when the golden ticket winners walk into Willy Wonka’s chocolate room is one of the most iconic scenes in movie history.

The children — wide-eyed and not all so innocent — wander around the candy wonderland in amazement as Gene Wilder sings “Pure Imagination.”

This scene was magical, not only because of the clever and colorful set design (edible teacups, anyone?) or charming music, but because of the reactions of the children — and adults — on the set.

As it turns out, those reactions were real and raw.

Paris Themmen, the actor who played the television-obsessed kid Mike Tee Vee in the 1971 film “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” said when that scene was shot it was, in fact, the first time any of them had seen the chocolate room.

“It was a world of wonders,” Themmen said.

More than 40 years after its release, “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” remains a classic both for children and adults.

Themmen and Julie Cole, the actress who played Veruca Salt, will share their memories from the film as this year’s Candy Festival king and queen at the Jelly Belly Factory in Fairfield. It runs Saturday and Sunday.

Both actors were 12 when they started filming. Back then, neither knew the impact the film would have.

They came from acting backgrounds: Themmen from commercials and Cole from acting school. Cole didn’t take much interest with the Willy Wonka casting until she read Roald Dahl’s book, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.”

“I so wanted to be in it to see the chocolate room,” she said. “I can vividly remember reading it, on the train (going) home from school the night before my first re-call audition.”

Cole and Themmen worked with famous actors such as Wilder, Jack Albertson and Roy Kinnear, as well as young children like them, such as Peter Ostrum, who played Charlie Bucket.

Themmen distinctly remembers his experience with director Mel Stuart, a man he described as a “thunderbolt.”

“He yelled a lot,” Themmen said, laughing. “He was not a bastard of a guy . . . . He just yelled a lot.”

Stuart, who died in August, left his mark with “Willy Wonka.”

“Mel, who sadly passed away very recently, was a little scary but I think the end result was worth it,” Cole said.

Wilder, by contrast, was soft-spoken and a “gentle spirit,” Themmen said.

Both Themmen and Cole said they thoroughly enjoyed working with their cast and crew. They were less fond of their individual characters, though.

Cole’s character Veruca Salt is a rich, privileged girl who gets everything she wants from her father.

The character is, as Cole said, “absolutely horrid, and indeed a Vermicious Knid! But really it was the fault of her parents. I think there is a little Veruca inside everyone if we allow it.”

The cast filmed the entire movie in Munich in about nine weeks. After its release, Cole and Themmen moved on to other projects and eventually other careers.

Looking back, neither knew the impact the film would have many years later.

“Every scene I was in was memorable,” Themmen said of his experience. “Every day was memorable.”

Cole said the film is appealing to people for very different reasons. For her, it was the message of the film.

“I guess we all want to believe that good things happen to good people,” she said.

The 2012 Candy Festival opens at 11 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday at the Jelly Belly Factory, One Jelly Belly Lane.

Reach Heather Ah San at 427-6977 or hahsan@dailyrepublic.net. Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/HeatherMalia.

Heather Ah San

Heather Ah San

Heather Ah San covers Rio Vista, features and general news for the Daily Republic. She received her bachelors of art degree from the University of Oregon.
LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | No comments

The Daily Republic does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

.

Solano News

Back from the ashes: One man is home for Halloween

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Hospital of horrors finds home in downtown Fairfield

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: C1 | Gallery

AMC ‘Freakshow’ star greets Demon Dreamz visitors

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: C1

 
Some scary opinions about Halloween

By Brad Stanhope | From Page: A2

Early morning crash kills 1; driver arrested

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A3

 
Pumpkin Bob brings families to city pool

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A3 | Gallery

Families can find fall fun in Suisun Valley

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A3 | Gallery

 
Free flu shots given at church

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A4 | Gallery

Living with metastatic breast cancer

By Karen Stilwell | From Page: C4

 
Filipino group marks 58th anniversary

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A5

 
One killed on train tracks in Dixon

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A5

Gala boosts The Leaven’s efforts in Solano

By Glen Faison | From Page: A5

 
Rainy day doesn’t stop campus cleanup at David A. Weir

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A5 | Gallery

Any of us could be tech royalty: Well, maybe not

By Bud Stevenson | From Page: B7

 
Military graduates have county ties

By Nick DeCicco | From Page: B10

 
Slim chance to stop coming higher RX co-pays

By Tom Philpott | From Page: B10

Suisun City police log: Oct. 24, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A12

 
Fairfield police log: Oct. 24, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A12

.

US / World

US journalist says body was ‘at war’ with Ebola

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1

 
Early voting alters campaigns’ strategies, costs

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1

France reclaims title: world’s largest wine maker

By The Associated Press | From Page: C2

 
Michigan man known as ‘Lord of the Gourd’

By The Associated Press | From Page: C2

Gardner jurors hear of alleged shooting motive

By Lauren Keene | From Page: A6

 
Complex investigation follows killing of deputies

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6, 2 Comments

3 officers suspected of sharing nude photos

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6, 1 Comment

 
Yosemite rangers try to keep hungry bears at bay

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6

Custom urns courtesy of company’s 3-D printer

By The Associated Press | From Page: A9

 
Teacher tried to stop Washington state shooting

By The Associated Press | From Page: A9

Boy, 9, among 4 youths charged in robbery beating

By The Associated Press | From Page: A9

 
Iran hangs woman for killing alleged rapist

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

WHO: Number of Ebola-linked cases passes 10,000

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

 
Extremists launch new attack on Syrian border town

By The Associated Press | From Page: A11

Clashes in northern Lebanon kill 5, wound others

By The Associated Press | From Page: A11

 
Boat accident leaves 26 dead in Zambia

By The Associated Press | From Page: A11

Number of Rohingya fleeing Myanmar tops 100,000

By The Associated Press | From Page: A11

 
.

Opinion

 
Leisure Town’s leaders support professional management

By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A8

Elect Pal, Davenport to Suisun council

By Daily Republic | From Page: A8

 
Vote Timm, Blankenchip for Fairfield City Council

By Daily Republic | From Page: A8

Time to take back our city

By Rod Keck | From Page: A8, 1 Comment

 
Editorial Cartoon: Oct. 26, 2014

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
Sound off for Oct. 26, 2014

By Daily Republic | From Page: A8

Tourists get more than expected

By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A8

 
.

Living

Community Calendar: Oct. 26, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A2

 
Today in History: Oct. 26, 2014

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

80-year-old nun still teaching

By The Associated Press | From Page: C3

 
Mormons address mystery surrounding undergarments

By The Associated Press | From Page: C3, 1 Comment

My brother-in-law’s boss is taking advantage of John’s learning disability

By Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar | From Page: C4

 
Horoscopes: Oct. 26, 2014

By Holiday Mathis | From Page: C4

.

Entertainment

Jimmy Fallon’s picture book inspired by daughter

By The Associated Press | From Page: C6

 
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

By The Associated Press | From Page: C6

Harris’ atypical life is now atypical book

By The Associated Press | From Page: C6

 
Lena Dunham bares more in new memoir

By The Associated Press | From Page: C6

TVGrid

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B11

 
.

Sports

Giants surge past Royals 11-4 to tie World Series at 2

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
Raiders try to erase only zero left in win column

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

Sweet dreams: Sleep expert helps Giants in October

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
Stanford routs Oregon St. 38-14, faces Oregon next

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Mo’ne Davis throws out 1st pitch at World Series

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Stow shouts ‘Play ball!’ before Game 4 of Series

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Splash shots still define Giants’ ballpark

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2 | Gallery

 
Bumgarner to face Shields in Game 5 of Series

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Marlins’ Stanton expects to have normal offseason

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

 
Hodgson helps Sabres beat Sharks 2-1

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4 | Gallery

Raiders activate cornerback Hayden, DE Autry

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

 
MacKenzie, Svoboda tied for PGA lead at Sea Island

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

Kings’ Gay, McLemore cleared to play in opener

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

 
.

Business

Of mutual interest: What’s next for funds when Fed stops buying bonds?

By The Associated Press | From Page: B7 | Gallery

 
Apple Pay Q&A: What you need to know

By The Associated Press | From Page: B7

Google exec sets records with leap from near-space

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

 
Crowdfunding gives a leg up to animal projects

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

Smart Spending: A spin with Wal-Mart’s savings app

By The Associated Press | From Page: B12

 
40 years later, ‘Power Broker’ is standard reading

By The Associated Press | From Page: B12

Review: Macs, mobile unite with Yosemite system

By The Associated Press | From Page: B12 | Gallery

 
.

Obituaries

Dr. Robert M. Takamoto

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
Harold William Ferrin Jr.

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

Eugene Sylvester Carter Sr.

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A4

 
Melvin Tate

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

Guillermo Lara Lopez

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A4

 
James Joseph Howard

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

.

Comics