Actor and ex-show wrestler Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson made a surprising revelation in connection with the Instagram release. Johnson says he was considered for the 2005 hit film Jali and the Chocolate Factory. Director Tim Burton considered Johnson a potential chocolate factory owner, Villi Vonkka.
Johnson, 48, reveals the matter on his Instagram account. Johnson says he presented the 1971 film Jali and the Chocolate Factory to his young children. In the United States in the 1971 version of the classic reputation, Wild Vonka is played by Gene Wilder. In the newer version, Johnny Depp is seen as Vonkka.
- A neat piece of history - In the early 2000s, the iconic director Tim Burton considered me for the role of Wild Vonka in a remake of Jali and the chocolate factory.
Johnson, who had just begun his acting career in Hollywood, could not believe that the legendary director even considered him for the role. Johnson didn’t yet have experience acting in major hit movies, and he writes that he doesn’t think he could have played the role.
- Of course, the role went to Johnny Depp, who was the biggest star in the world at the time, Johnson writes.
Johnson, who later succeeded wildly in Hollywood, now writes about how important this story was to him in his time.
- The fact that Tim even considered me (though certainly only for 7 seconds) really meant a lot to me, because I had just entered the field and I had no idea what was to come, Johnson recalls.
Johnny Depp is familiar to many from the role of the strange chocolate manufacturer Villi Vonka.
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“I raise a cup for dreams that don’t come true, because sometimes they are the best things that don’t happen,” Johnson concludes his text.
At the end of the caption, Johnson has added the subject tag #BigBrown BaldTattooedVonkka. Wild Vonka’s character is known to look quite different from the muscular Johnson.
Dwayne Johnson does not outwardly exactly resemble the image of the character of Wild Vonka.
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The films Jali and the Chocolate Factory are based on a 1964 book of the same name by Roald Dahl. The first translation of the book was published in 1971.
In an adventure for the whole family, the Villi Vonka chocolate factory organizes a competition where casual people can get to visit the legendary factory. There are five entrance tickets hidden in Vonka's chocolate plate wrappers, and those who find one can take a peek behind the scenes of a carefully guarded factory. One of the children who found the ticket is poor Jali boy, who gets to witness strange events at the factory. Villjo Vonkka, the owner of the factory and the rich, will lead visitors to wilder situations.
In the movie Jali and the Chocolate Factory, a group of children get a peek into the oven of a legendary chocolate factory.
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Moving from wrestler to actor, Dwayne Johnson is one of Hollywood’s best-earning stars. He is married to Lauren Hashian. Johnson and Hashian have two children, toddlers Tiana and Jasmine. In addition, he has a daughter, Simone, from his previous relationship with Dani Garcia. Johnson is known for his Fast & Furious movies and Disney’s Vaiana animation, among others.