Fortunately, pop Wonka is played by Christopher Lee - or, as one of my kids exclaimed, 'It's Count Dooku!', that being the name of his splendid turn in Star Wars. Lee is having a grand old time at the moment, doing ten minutes in every blockbuster around. My favourite moment in the Lord of the Rings movies isn't actually in any of the movies, but in one of those 'the making of' documentaries that appears on the DVD. It's the scene where Saruman gets stabbed by Grima Wormtongue, and Lee explains to director Peter Jackson that the backstabbing sound isn't quite right, because in his days with British Intelligence during the war he used to sneak up and stab a lot of Germans in the back and it was more of a small gasp they made. Jackson backs away cautiously.
Wednesday, August 03, 2005
From Mark Steyn's review of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
at 1:45 pm