REDFORD (WWJ) – Did the snozberries really taste like snozberries? You’ll have the opportunity to ask that question and many more as two stars from the classic film “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” stop by the Redford Theatre for a special presentation of the movie.
Peter Ostrum, who played the film’s star Charlie Bucket, and Paris Themmen, who played the rambunctious Mike Teevee, will sign autographs and mingle with fans during showings at the Redford Theatre on Saturday.
Ahead of the showing, Ostrum and Themmen stopped by the WWJ Newsradio 950 studios to talk about their favorite memories while making the movie. Themmen said the child actors were takenaback when they saw Willy Wonka’s factory for the very first time.
“The chocolate room, when they opened the big door and they showed us the amazing set, I wasn’t really familiar with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory book until the night before my audition, and then we had to read scenes from the book, and so everybody wanted to know what’s this huge amazing room going to look like, and it didn’t disappoint,” he said.
Ostrum, who was 12-years old at the time, said he’s surprised at the excitement that still surrounds the movie.
“To be involved with that, it’s exciting for me and I’m proud of the accomplishment that we all did. For whatever reason, it was kind of like lightning in a bottle, and we had no idea of what we were creating at that point, but here we are now in Detroit and people are excited, and we’re excited to be here,” he said.
“Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” will be showing at the Redford Theatre, located at 17360 Lahser Road, on Sat. March 9 at 1 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets are $5.
For more information, visit www.redfordtheatre.com.