When the “Today Show” reassembled six of the surviving cast members of the 1971 film, “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory,” producers apparently decided to rename it “Willie Wonka.” At least that’s the caption that ran across the bottom of the screen for most of the interview.
And the awkwardness doesn’t stop there. Peter Ostrum (Charlie Bucket), Julie Dawn Cole (Veruca Salt), Denise Nickerson (Violet Beauregarde ), Paris Themmen (Mike TeeVee) and Diana Sowle (Mrs. Bucket) were all in attendance, dressed as normal adults do, but Michael Bollner (Augustus Gloop) brought a little something special.
Bollner showed up in an adult version of Gloop’s stereotypically German costume to shed a little light on the nature of the chocolate pool where his character met his demise. “The chocolate wasn’t real chocolate, it was just colored water,” he says. “It was more or less a swimming pool and it doesn’t taste very well.”
Other revelations include the fact that most of the kids grew up to work in finance and that Veruca Salt, always our favorite, turned out to be something of a MILF.
Watch the full interview right here: