Gene Wilder on Wonka, Acting, and His Mother

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Today we lost Gene Wilder. He was a father, an actor, a writer, an Army medic, and the original silver screen Willy Wonka. In all his roles, Wilder's gentle personality came through, even in his his sharpest moments of wit. We miss him already.

In this five-minute animated video, Wilder explains why he became an actor, how he rewrote a crucial scene in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, and how his mother has shaped his life. This is gentle, funny, and wise. I would expect no less from Mr. Wonka himself.

So unwrap your Wonka Bar and enjoy this free golden ticket—it's scrumdiddlyumptious!

See also: The Late Movies: Gene Wilder

A version of this story ran in 2014.

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