Sam Neill was considered for the role of Mr. Salt.
In the flashback where Wonka opens his factory, Johnny Depp holds out his giant scissors in a posed fashion, very much in the style of his title character in Edward Scissorhands (1990).
Some of the buttons in the Glass elevator: - Incompetent Fools - T-Bone Steak Jell-O - Secretarial Poodles - Cocoa Cats - Mechanical Clouds - Stars in their Pies - Nice Plums - Up And Out - Fragile Egos - Black Box of Frogs - Weird Lollipops - Mighty Jam Monitor - Creative Dog Flip - Elastic Forest - Leaky Canes - Dessert Island - People Poo - Pie Cream - Spewed Vegetables - Naffy Taffy - Lickety Split Peas - Honeycombs and Brushes - Old Sneezes and Smells Dept. - Spewed Dumplings - Television Room - Whizzdoodles - Chocolate Lip Rookies - Blackberry Sausages - Yankee- Doodles - Orange Egg Flip - Root Beer Goggles - Pastry Room - Heart Shaped Lungs - Projection Room
Having has such trouble in casting Grandpa Joe - Tim Burton offered the part to David Kelly when the two first met when Kelly was visiting Pinewood studios for a wardrobe fitting on another movie. David Kelly says the whole process took 3 minutes.
Johnny Depp was so impressed with Freddie Highmore's performance in Finding Neverland (2004) that he recommended that Tim Burton observe him for the role of Charlie Bucket.
A camera lens wasn't properly secured when trying to get a shot of a vat of chocolate. As a result, the lens fell into the vat, which destroyed it.
The role of Doctor Wilbur Wonka (Christopher Lee) was written specifically for the film to give the character of Willy Wonka a bit of a family history.
Johnny Depp once stated in an interview that he based his Wonka-performance on how he imagined George W. Bush would act while stoned.
The location of Wonka's factory in the movie is ambiguous, and designed to look like a cross between UK and USA (i.e. having London architecture, street layouts and accents, but American clothing styles, and having American mailboxes and fire hydrants as well as American terminology).
110,000 plastic bars were made and wrapped in Nestlé wrappers.
Dr. Wonka tells young Willy that some people are allergic to chocolate to discourage him from eating any candy. As a child, Johnny Depp was allergic to chocolate.
Charlie's father works at a toothpaste factory which makes Smilex toothpaste. Smilex is the name of the products concocted by the Joker in the original Batman, also directed by Tim Burton.
Willy Wonka's colorful cane is actually filled with Nerds candy, which are sold under the Willy Wonka brand.
Johnny Depp's second chocolate-based movie (the first being Chocolat (2000)). Depp doesn't like the taste of good chocolate - he prefers the cheap, Easter-bunny type.
Johnny Depp used game show hosts as well as children's television hosts, such as Fred Rogers, as his inspiration for his performance as Willy Wonka. He also said in interviews that Willy Wonka would be "part Howard Hughes-reclusive, part 1970s glamorous rock star".
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