One Unusual Aspect of Willy Wonka Remake Convinced Timothée Chalamet That Movie Wasn’t a “Cynical Money Grab”

Timothée Chalamet though Wonka was only trying to make money, however, three pages into the script, he learnt other wise.

One Unusual Aspect of Willy Wonka Remake Convinced Timothée Chalamet That Movie Wasn’t a “Cynical Money Grab”

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  • Timothee Chalamet's upcoming portrayal of Willy Wonka in Wonka has generated a lot of hype.
  • The actor himself confessed that he was initially worried about playing a character that has seen two incredible takes in the past.
  • However, upon finding out details of the project, Chalamet ceased to worry and was once again excited to play Wonka.
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Timothée Chalamet’s upcoming film, Wonka, has certainly been the talk of the town over the past few months. Being a remake of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, as well as a book of the same name by the author, Roald Dahl, it is safe to say that this movie has a lot of pressure. In recent times, audiences have become seemingly more hostile towards remakes of classic films and series. While there may be many reasons for this, the biggest has to be the fact that they do not want the original to get ruined, just for the sake of a studio trying to make more money.

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Timothée Chalamet as Willy Wonka
Timothée Chalamet as Willy Wonka

When people heard about Chalamet’s upcoming film, this was one of the first things to get brought up. It would seem that fans weren’t alone in this, as the actor himself was initially skeptical about this. His opinions, however, were changed when he noticed one aspect of the script that surprised and reassured him at the same time.

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Timothée Chalamet Was Scared Wonka Was Only Concerned With Money

Timothée Chalamet recently gave an interview with GamesRadar for the promotion of his upcoming film, Wonka, where he spoke in great detail about all things about this. Here, he mentioned one of his biggest concerns when he was asked to be a part of this film, one that is shared by the majority. The actor explained that he was worried that the reason why this film was being made was only to profit from it.

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Timothée Chalamet in Wonka
Timothée Chalamet in Wonka

“Like many people, when there are remakes, I feel very protective over the original character and versions you love,” Chalamet said. “Your eyebrows go up with skepticism about [whether] this is a legitimate, worthwhile story or a cynical money grab.”

He added that he was afraid that what this film represented in the lives of many would get ruined if the filmmakers did not realize how significant the original films were. The actor felt protective over this fact and when he was reading the script, he went into it with skepticism. However, when he started to read it, his concerns flew out the window, all because of a song.

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He Was Quickly Proven Wrong

Timothée Chalamet explained that three pages into the script, he came across the song, Hat Full of Dreams, which had him fully on board with the movie. He found that the lyrics of this song were so cleverly written and well-thought-out that he was certain that it was not being made with the sole reason of making money.

Timothée Chalamet as Willy Wonka in Wonka
Timothée Chalamet as Willy Wonka

 “And there was no music to accompany it, but the lyrics were so clever. [It’s] about this young Willy, who was definitively not the crazy, cynical, kind of jaded, brain-fried version that we see in the two prior films but was very hopeful, young, ambitious, won’t-take-no-for-an-answer, maybe a little naive. I think that’s very clever.”

He added that what he liked about this film specifically and what made it different from the past version of this character was how he was portrayed in his personality. Rather than showing him as a person with not a single thought in his head, this film shows his younger self in a completely different light. We see him as a striving businessman with a dream, who is willing to do anything to achieve it. We see him full of light and ambition, and as Chalamet put it, a little bit of nativity, which is perfect for a children’s film.

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