‘Come with me, and you’ll see, a world of pure imagination,’
Gene Wilder was an actor best known for playing Willy Wonka in the 1971 version of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory amongst other movies, and he sadly passed away at the age of 83 due to Alziemers.
I was deeply saddened by the news that he had died, and I’m not saying that because he’s dead. Alziemers strips the life away from your loved ones. I grew up watching Willy Wonka and reading Roald Dahl, and I loved the idea of a chocolate factory, and I will always prefer the 1971 film to the 2005 Tim Burton version because it’s slightly old fashioned and dark. The ending scene of Willy Wonka, which used to be a rather bittersweet ending of Charlie Bucket and Willy Wonka heading off in a big glass elevator that was going up towards the sky will now have an ironic and melancholy touch to it. Now he’ll take the glass elevator to heaven, and he even has a golden ticket.
Nearly all the childhood legends have gone. David Bowie, Prince, Alan Rickman and Kenny Baker are now all dead, and that’s naming only a few, all who have brought magic to our childhoods or to our lives at some point. The in memoriam section of the Oscars next year will truly be a long and emotional list of incredible actors.
Rest in Peace Gene Wilder 1933- 2016.