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Dwayne Johnson almost played Willy Wonka in Tim Burton's 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'

The 48-year-old professional wrestler-turned-actor made in a post praised the 1971 classic "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory", starring Gene Wilder, as one of his "all-time fav film"

Published: 30th July 2020 02:47 PM  |   Last Updated: 30th July 2020 02:47 PM   |  A+A-

Hollywood actor Dwayne Johnson

Hollywood actor Dwayne Johnson (File Photo | AP)

By PTI

LOS ANGELES: Hollywood star Dwayne Johnson has revealed that director Tim Burton once considered him to play Willy Wonka in his 2005 film "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory".

The 48-year-old professional wrestler-turned-actor made a post on Instagram as he praised the 1971 classic "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory", starring Gene Wilder, as one of his "all-time fav films".

"Some cool history - back in the early 2000's, iconic director, Tim Burton had considered me to play Willy Wonka in his remake, 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'."

"I remember thinking 'HOLY S***, I'M IN. But that was many years ago when I was just starting out in Hollywood, with no foundation of global box office strength or any real acting experience to pull it off," he wrote in the caption.

Johnson had his first acting role in "The Mummy Returns" (2001), and played his first lead role in its spin-off "The Scorpion King" (2002).

This morning I introduced our babies to one of my all time fav films - Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. They loved it and now fully expect me to deliver a room full of chocolate and candy. That’ll be my next project Some cool history - back in the early 2000’s, iconic director, Tim Burton had considered me to play Willy Wonka is his remake, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I remember thinking “HOLY SHIT, IM IN” But that was many years ago when I was just starting out in Hollywood with no foundation of global box office strength or any real acting experience to even pull it off. The role, of course went to Johnny Depp, who at that time was the biggest star in the world. The rest was history. And down the road I went. The fact that Tim even considered me (albeit I’m sure he considered for all of 7 seconds:) sure meant a helluva lot to me as I was just breaking in to the business with no idea what the future had in store. I’ll always raise a glass to the dreams that don’t come true, because sometimes they’re the best thing that never happened. #BigBrownBaldTattooedWonka

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As for Willy Wonka, Johnny Depp eventually went on to star as the famous candy man in Burton's adaptation of the Roald Dahl children's novel.

The director and Depp had already worked together on films such as "Edward Scissorhands", "Ed Wood", and "Sleepy Hollow".

"The fact that Tim even considered me (albeit I'm sure he considered for all of seven seconds) sure meant a helluva lot to me as I was just breaking into the business with no idea what the future had in store.

"I'll always raise a glass to the dreams that don't come true, because sometimes they're the best thing that never happened. #BigBrownBaldTattooedWonka," the "Jumanji" star said.

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