The Insane True Story Of Why A Willy Wonka Scene Was Cut Based On The Advice Of A Psychologist

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Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is considered to be one of the most beloved cult movies of all time. Yet one scene that was originally in the film has since been lost to history. And it’s all because of the insight of a psychologist who saw an early screening of the classic.

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In 1971 Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory arrived in cinemas. The movie was an adaptation of the book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. However, the children’s author is alleged to have hated the film because significant changes were made to the plot.

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But in spite of Dahl’s animosity, the film was nonetheless made, with Gene Wilder starring as the titular Willy Wonka. The actor, however, had his own stipulation for his involvement in the movie. He insisted that he wanted his entrance scene to show him walking with a cane, falling over, and then effortlessly somersaulting up again. When revealing why, the star said it was because, “from that time on, no one will know if I’m lying or telling the truth.”

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