Remember the movie Charlie and the Chocolate Factory? It’s the 2005 adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic children’s novel that was adapted much better in 1971’s Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. But if you’re of a certain young age, the lesser, Tim Burton-directed version may be the one with which you grew up. Hey, have you ever wondered what happened to the kid actors from the movie? We’re about to tell you.
Augustus Gloop was the gluttonous German boy famous for being the first golden-ticket holder to die in Willy Wonka’s factory. He get greedy and falls into that chocolate river, presumably to drown in chocolate. At least he died doing what he loved.
Chubby child actor Philip Wiegratz wasn’t that fat when he was cast in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – he wore a fat suit to play the role. He’s appeared in several films since Charlie, but they’re all German, and you’ve never heard of them.
Violet Beauregarde is the snobby golden-ticketer whose vice is constant gum chewing. That really came back to bite her in the ass when she chewed an experimental three-course-meal gum despite Wonka’s warning. The not-yet-FDA-approved gum turned her into a giant blueberry. It was weird.
Actress AnnaSophia Robb has been busy since her appearance in Charlie in the Chocolate Factory. Her other notable projects include Bridge to Terabithia, Jumper and the Sex and the City prequel series, The Carrie Diaries.
Veruca Salt is, as every woke person knows, the true hero of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. In a world that tells women and girls to sit down and shut up, Veruca Salt does not. She demands what’s hers at every step, heedless of the sh--lords who try to run her life.
Three cheers to Julia Winter for her sublime performance as squeaky wheel Veruca Salt in this version of Charlie. Sadly, the role was her one and only. She’s the least active of the kid cast, having no credits since the film.
Mike Teavee is the one American kid who wins a golden ticket, and his main deal is he loves watching TV. His name is Teavee and he loves watching TV. He’s so American! He gets his comeuppance when the factory miniaturizes him. That’s not American. Americans like things big.
The actor who played Mike Teavee, Jordan Fry, hasn’t done much else since then. He voiced a character in computer-animated Disney also-ran Meet the Robinsons, and appeared in a few other movies you’ve never heard of. IMDb describes Fry as a “former child actor.” It’s unclear if that means “former child” or “former actor.”
Wet blanket Charlie Bucket is supposedly the hero of the story, and probably would be if not for Veruca Salt. The merits of Charlie as a character are debatable, but what’s not debatable is the talent and charisma of the young actor who played him.
Inarguably the most successful child actor from the film’s cast, Freddie Highmore has appeared in several films since Charlie, but has had his most high-profile role on television. Highmore starred as Norman Bates for five seasons in the Psycho prequel/reimagining Bates Motel.
The 1971 movie cast a few dwarf actors to play the factory’s Oompa Loompas, but the 2005 version made use of just one actor turned into hundreds of identical Oompa Loompas using CGI. Computers just make movies so much better.
The Oompa Loompas were played by Deep Roy, who was an extremely busy actor before “Charlie” and since. He voiced a character in “Corpse Bride,” and appeared in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and all three Star Trek reboot flicks. He also delightfully played Danny McBride’s deranged sidekick in the second season of Eastbound and Down.
The original movie’s Willy Wonka was by turns charming, avuncular, creepy, cold and benevolent, played perfectly in every moment by the legendary Gene Wilder. The 2005 version of the character was an irritating man-child you’d never leave in a room alone with your kids.
Johnny Depp went from an indie heartthrob in the ‘90s to a bankable blockbuster star in the ‘00s thanks to the success of the Pirates of the Caribbean. But he jumped the shark hard when he played Willy Wonka. Granted, he never, ever could have filled Gene Wilder’s shoes.