Where are they now?

I do enjoy those ‘ Where are they now? ‘ articles about child actors don’t you? It is always interesting to see how they turned out later in life.

I really enjoyed the movie Charlie and the Chocolate factory when I was a kid and all the memorable characters. It was not a politically correct show by any means as the Oompa-loompas would never get past the censors these days as I am sure someone would be offended. The main characters as I remember them were…

1 Willy Wonka
2 Charlie Bucket
3 Grandpa Joe
4 Augustus Gloop
5 Violet Beauregarde
6 Veruca Salt
7 Mike Teavee
8 Arthur Slugworth
9 Oompa-Loompas

I decided to do some research to find out what happened to some of the more memorable ones.

Augustus Gloop

Veruca Salt,

Arthur Slugworth

Oompa-Loompa number 4.

 

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Veruca Salt

Veruca Salt is a girl who wants every, single thing: the second person to find a Golden Ticket, and the third to leave the tour. A selfish, rotten brat who shows her family no mercy and has absolutely no regard for other people’s property, Veruca frequently bullies her parents to purchase a variety of different objects for her; but when she interferes with the trained squirrels used by Willy Wonka to select the best nuts to bake into chocolate bars, she is judged as a “bad nut” by the squirrels, she is discarded into the adjacent ‘garbage chute’, and her parents follow. All three are later seen leaving the factory “covered in garbage”.

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Veruca loved sugar and made her daddy buy her whatever she wanted so perhaps it will come as no surprise to anyone to discover who she became as an adult.

Veruca all grown up.

Veruca all grown up.

In the book, Arthur Slugworth is one of Willy Wonka’s rival chocolatiers. Slugworth, along with Wonka’s other rivals Mr. Fickelgruber and Mr. Prodnose, sent in spies to steal the secret recipes to Wonka’s treats. Having obtained these, he began making candy balloons that a consumer blows up to incredible sizes, and then causes to burst before eating them; a plagiarized invention. The work of Slugworth (along with the other rivals) came close to ruining Wonka’s factory. Wonka was forced to close his factory and fire all his workers. A few years later, Wonka’s factory began working again (operated exclusively by Oompa-Loompas) and his work continued to dominate the candy industry, with no rival able to plagiarize his work because using the Oompa Loompa as his workers enables Wonka to operate his factory without regular employees and keeping it off-limits to the public, so no spies can infiltrate. Slugworth is never heard from again, but it is stated that Slugworth, Prodnose, or Fickelgruber would each give their front teeth to enter Wonka’s inventing room (a laboratory) for five minutes.

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Arthur Slugworth

Arthur Slugworth

Today Arthur may not be able to access Willy Wonka’s factory but he has no difficulty finding Hackers to ‘ leak ‘ him information. It will be no surprise to you all to learn that today he has changed his name, resides in New Zealand and looks like this.

Slugworth today

Slugworth today

 

Introduced in the opening pages of the book as a greedy boy, Augustus Gloop is the first person to find a Golden Ticket. He hails from Dusselheim, Germany in the 1971 film, and D?sseldorf, Germany in the 2005 film. His mother takes great pride in his gluttonous eating and seems to enjoy the attention of the media. In the novel and both films, he is portrayed as “enormously fat”. Augustus is the first child to be removed from the tour: While drinking from the Chocolate Room?s chocolate river, he falls into the river and is drawn through a pipe to the factory’s Fudge Room, and his parents are sent to fetch him from the mixing-machine. In the book, he is seen leaving the factory, having lost most of his weight, and covered in melted chocolate.

In the 1971 film, although he eats constantly, he has decent table manners, is not as obese as portrayed in the book, and is polite to Charlie and the other finalists. He expresses concern over the cost of Wonka’s operation, suggesting that he is an expert on economics.

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Augustus Gloop

Augustus Gloop

Augustus has not been successful in later life at losing the weight but he has excelled at the economics of providing access to popular content and has become very rich as a result of his enterprises. Along the way he has fallen into a few legal rivers in various countries and is soon to be expelled from his latest home here in New Zealand.

Augustus all grown up.

Augustus all grown up.

 

Oompa-Loompas are knee-high beings who originate from Loompaland. The Oompa-Loompas would end up being preyed upon or attacked by the various predators that also reside in Loompaland before Wonka invited them to work at his factory and are paid in their favorite food, Cocoa beans, which were extremely rare on their island. The Oompa-Loompas are also mischievous, loving practical jokes and singing, the latter which they very good at improvising, according to Wonka. As seen in each bad child’s exit, the Oompa-Loompas sing moralizing songs of the child’s folly.

In early editions of the novel, the Oompa-Loompas (originally called “Whipple-Scrumpets” before publication[1]) are shown as African pygmies before Dahl rewrote them to be white-skinned and golden haired. In both editions, despite working in the factory, Oompa-Loompas insist on maintaining their native clothing: men wear skins, women wear leaves, and children wear nothing.

In the 1971 film, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, they were written to be played by actors with dwarfism and are portrayed as orange-skinned, green-haired men in striped shirts and baggy lederhosen-like pants.

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In the 2005 film, all of the Oompa-Loompas were played by one person who you can see below. They were wearing their tribal clothing during their time in Loompaland and wearing red, factory worker uniforms in Wonka’s Factory.

Oompa-Loompa number 4

Oompa-Loompa number 4

Today this former Oompa-Loompa is still playing practical jokes. His latest joke the Internet-Mana Party made headlines and was made even funnier when the law of unintended consequences resulted in the joke being on him!

Oompa-Loompa number 4 today

Oompa-Loompa number 4 today

 

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