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I Want it Now! A Memoir of Life on the Set of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
It is so beautifully written - I laughed and cried as I joined Julie on her incredible journey through the magical world of Wonka!!
Thank you Julie for sharing this beautiful book with us all. I loved it!!!!
I enjoyed reading about Ms Cole's experiences, and I was absolutely delighted to hear that Gene Wilder was kind and well liked. It's disappointing when one hears about an actor's personality that doesn't fit their on-screen persona, and I do appreciate Mr. Wilder's work.
The hand-written letters and photos were something of a loss on my e-ink Kindle. I could not read the letters and the device is just not well suited to photos of this sort. Some letters had print "translations" of some sections, and some did not.
There was one quote from Gene Wilder regarding his experience in working with the children that gave me a serious laugh. I could just hear him saying it.
I don't know that I would have ever purchased this book, but I was delighted to see it come across as a free book for the Kindle. I enjoyed reading it, and now I'd like to see the movie again - it's been a long time!
While I enjoyed the photos and the reminiscences, I would have appreciated some research about the original story, and some research about how the movie went from mediocre reviews to a cult classic. What drove people to get so attached to the movie? The author did give lots of information about the mechanics of the making of Willy Wonka.
The author's biographical bullet points about her "afterlife" as an actress seemed inappropriate in a book that advertised as being about this one specific movie. But even so, this book is a must for fans of the movie.
Veruca Salt was always my favorite Dahl character simply because she wanted EVERYTHING.
And I don't see anything wrong with that.
I was an only child who wanted everything. Was I spoiled? I don't think so. For years, I asked for a pet lamb every birthday and Christmas, and I NEVER got one, so obviously, my parents didn't give me EVERYTHING I asked for...
Julie Dawn Cole, who breathed life into the character of Veruca Salt for the 1971 film 'Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory', paints a magical view of paradise during the filming of this beloved movie. Packed with photos, and good natured behind-the-scenes gossip, it's a fun, very light-weight read.
We learn that the boy who played Augustus Gloop spoke no English and didn't get to pal around with the other kids on the set. There was a rivalry with Denise Nickerson, who played Violet Beauregarde, over the affections of Peter Ostrum, the handsome young actor who played Charlie Bucket. (Ostrum, in case you're wondering, left acting after his one starring role, and is now a veterinarian in New York State.) Paris Themmon, who played Mike Teevee, was a bit of a troublemaker, leading Gene Wilder, when asked about working with the children during an interview, to quip, "Ah, four of them are fantastic, and one of them I'm going to shoot in the head tomorrow."
Unlike most films, Willy Wonka was shot almost chronologically, and the young actors were kept from viewing the magnificent "Chocolate Room" until the cameras were rolling, so the awed expressions you see on their faces are "genuine and unscripted."
Cole got to meet author Roald Dahl, who told her the origin of the name "Veruca.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A quick little read. Very glossy and sugar-coated. No real substance, but it brought back some memories of watching the movie.Published 2 months ago by Stitcher_guy
It was nice to read about her experience through the making of the movie. Love the photos too. Must read.Published 2 months ago by Toni
I loved reading the behind the scenes of one of my favorite movies. Julie Dawn Cole is an awesome author.Published 3 months ago by Carol
It was a wonderful insight to a well loved movie and as an adult I have always wanted to know the secrets of the movie and this book was just a real feel good bookPublished 3 months ago by Amanda Slinger
I really love this book, I feel like I got to see the movie again I love Willy Wonka anyway, so when I saw this book and I saw that it was free,I was like why not. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Rogue
I was pretty surprised at how little there was to this book. Of course, the events all happened when Dawncole was pretty young so a lot of detail wasn't really expected but... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Eva
A chatty read that's like catching up with an old friend over tea. A unique perspective on a classic family film.Published 7 months ago by Lee
It was a fascinating look at the most bratty of brats. After I read it I had to look up certain moments, and yup, they were there. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer