We find it is so ironic that Gene passed right before the Broadway debut of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory--which filling his shoes for wasn't easy! Willy Wonka is to be played by two-time Tony winner Christian Borle who most may recognize from Something Rotten!. But discussing Gene's untimely passing and this new production made us fall in love with an article by MovePilot.com explaining Gene's one condition for playing his character for the original, infamous production of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory....

"Gene Wilder wasn't the first choice to play Willy Wonka, but when he won the role he took it on one condition: that the film include the now famous scene of Willy Wonka limping forward on his cane out of his factory before falling into a perfect somersault and bouncing up to applause. Wilder told director Mel Stuart that it would be great for Wonka's character development 'because from that time on, no one will know if I'm lying or telling the truth.'"