Paul King: Hugh Grant was chosen for Oompa-Loompas because he embodies their zany cynicism
LOS ANGELES, July 12 (IANS) The trailer for “Wonka” has really got viewers hooked, but one of the highlights aside from actor Timothee Chalamet is Hugh Grant’s transformation into Oompa Loompa. Director Paul King said the reason he chose Hugh Grant for the role was because he embodied the zany, hilarious irony of Oompa-Loompas.
The trailer shows the British actor in the iconic appearance of an Oompa Loompa with green hair and orange skin like the one in the 1973 movie Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and shows him as a 20-inch minifigure trapped inside. glass jar.
According to the ‘Hollywood Reporter’, director Paul King explained during the London premiere of ‘Wonka’ his reasons for choosing Hugh for the role.
He said, “So I was really thinking about that character; someone who could be real, and then — uh! Hugh!” he said. “Because he’s the funniest, most sarcastic person I’ve ever met.”
Since author Roald Dahl didn’t give the Oompa Loompas a lot of dialogue in the book, the director said he had to dive into the book to highlight the miniature people because the songs he wrote for them when they performed their numbers after each child. The failure was “incredibly cynical, judgmental, and callous.”
Through the use of sound effects, Grant manages to transform into singing and dancing mini-humans known for their penchant for songs when one of the five children fails the trip to Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, as he has a very dark sense of humor. .
‘Wonka’ will tell the story of the early days of the crazy and unpredictable famous chocolate maker Willy Wonka. The character is based on the character from Roald Dahl’s famous book “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”.
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