I remember seeing this guy when I was a kid at the Children's Emporium at the Minnesota State Fair back in 1988, along with a guy who called himself "The Carfoonist" (who I actually was a bit of a pen-pal with back when I wanted to be a cartoonist).
I don't think I like this regeneration of Wonka; his companions seem a little shitty too.
Keep in mind, we never actually saw what Slugworth looked like...
This guy is now a much sought after warm-up comedian for sitcom audiences. The other video I posted as an article with his story, and it's fascinating. He played Wonka for twenty years, had a TV kiddie show, did a bunch of sleazy "how to pick up chicks with magic tricks" videos, and seems like a cool guy.
But the thing I notice is that Johnny Depp definitely took his characterization in the Tim Burton remake from this guy. He's got a weird, lounge act way of talking that I just find creepy.
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Wonka's wedding ring's kind of breaking the illusion for me
He successfully temporarily isolated the concept of candy and married it. Fickelgruber forever regretted asking the question that began, "If you like candy so much..."
Yeah, it's like in the host segment of "Horror of Party Beach" where the Roman lady describes Mike Nelson as "average", and he goes into ladies' man mode, while wearing a wedding ring. Granted, he's actually married to the Roman lady in real life, but it still weirds me.
... Just imagine Mike Nelson as the Willy Wonka magician guy. I feel like we've been deprived of something special.
Mitt Romney's secret other life.
The Alliance Of Magicians took care of him quietly after this.
That Veruca and her petulant moping.
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