Thursday, September 1, 2016

WILLY WONKA, INSPIRATION THURSDAY

Something a little different today.  Inspiration can come in many forms, tmore often tangible but sometimes it comes to us in the form of a performance that stays with us...


Willy Wonka...the stuff of childhood dreams...much like The Wizard of Oz did and numerous other movies and TV shows of my youth, this movie sparked my imagination...


...I mean what kid didn't want to live IN a candy factory?  Or at least visit one?  And while of course he was just the actor chosen to play the role, he breathed life into the character and in turn, the movie became something much more...


...the immensely talented Gene Wilder, playing the iconic Willy Wonka.  Gene was a great actor, also bringing moviegoers such memorable movies as The Producers, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein and many others, but for us, 2nd Man and I, it was Willy Wonka that left an indelible mark on us.


From all accounts, he was a genuinely nice man, a good person with a good heart...as it should be in (and sadly, so often isn't) in Hollywood.  

Thanks for being one of our childhood inspirations. You will be missed.


18 comments:

laura@notatrophywife.com said...

Nice tribute! He is smiling somewhere! laura

Elephant's Child said...

Nice tribute.
The world is richer for having had him in it, and smaller with his departure.

anne marie in philly said...

would you believe I have never seen "willy wonka"? the producers, young frankenstein, blazing saddles - OH YEAH! but no willy.

Marcia said...

Well said.

Practical Parsimony said...

I had never seen Will Wonka until this last year. Blazing Saddles--I have seen it several times. There are others I have seen but forget the names of the movies.

Texas Rose said...

I loved that movie and Gene Wilder was perfect in it.

1st Man said...

Thank you!!!

1st Man said...

so true, he really does seem to have been one of those rare hollywood stars that was just a good person. We need more of those in the world.

1st Man said...

What? You must see it (if you like watching old children movies, ha)

1st Man said...

Thank you!!!

1st Man said...

Blazing Saddles is a funny classic for sure!

1st Man said...

Wasn't he? I didn't really care for the Johnny Depp remake, his Wonka was kind of creepy...but Gene's was endearing and kind.

Alison said...

Please! Please! See Willy Wonka. Gene is the best part, although Uncle Joe Jack Albertson) was wonderful too.

Alison said...

Thank you! This was lovely. I will miss knowing he was in my world. May his next adventure be ever so bright.

Fiona said...

Did you watch his young Frankenstein?

1st Man said...

Amen to that Alison!!

1st Man said...

Thanks, it was a surprise as he had kept it quiet that he was even ill. He will always be in our imagination!

1st Man said...

Yes, oh my gosh it's a wonderfully funny movie.