This is just one of those “That just seems weird to me” kind of things.
Among my first reactions upon hearing that Johnny Depp was to be Willy Wonka was the thought that he’s too young to play Willy Wonka.
Although I always accepted Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka.
Of course I became familiar with the Gene Wilder Willy Wonka back when I was but a small child. Now he was a grown-up and all grown-up’s were old. So I was fine with that, grew used to that, and have been fine with that ever since.
Now, as I am a grown-up and have revised my evaluation of “old”-ness, I look at Johnny Depp and think he is too young to play Willy Wonka.
And yet . . .
Johnny Depp is 42.
Gene Wilder (as Willy Wonka) was 38.
(actually, at the time of filming the ages were probably JD 41 and GW 37)
So Johnny Depp’s Willy Wonka is four years older than Gene Wilder’s Willy Wonka!!!
That just seems so weird to me.
Now Depp has always been quite youthful looking and is a much more youthful 42 than Wilder was a 38. I’m not saying I can’t understand it . . . just that being presented with the facts- this just seems weird to me. Especially since I remember an young Officer Tom Hanson doing undercover drug busts at the local highschool!