Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson has weaselled his way into all our hearts over the years, best known for his roles in Jumanji and Fast & Furious!
The legend posted a nostalgic post on Instagram earlier this week reminiscing the earlier years in his acting career.
He revealed a very surprising titbit, apparently, back in the day Johnson was in Tim Burton’s mind to play Willy Wonka himself!
In Burton’s 2005 adaptation of the story, Wonka is played by Johnny Depp so the director obviously ended up going in a VERY different direction!
His caption reads “Some cool history – back in the early 2000’s, iconic director, Tim Burton had considered me to play Willy Wonka in his remake, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.”
“I remember thinking “HOLY SHIT, I’M IN”…The fact that Tim even considered me (albeit I’m sure he considered for all of 7 seconds:).”
Oh you humble hunk of muscle.
What a strange film that would be, but dare I say… I would watch the heck out of it!
Finishing off his post in classic The Rock fashion.
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This morning I introduced our babies to one of my all time fav films – Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. They loved it and now fully expect me to deliver a room full of chocolate and candy. That’ll be my next project 🤣 Some cool history – back in the early 2000’s, iconic director, Tim Burton had considered me to play Willy Wonka is his remake, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I remember thinking “HOLY SHIT, IM IN” 🎶 😳🙋🏽♂️ But that was many years ago when I was just starting out in Hollywood with no foundation of global box office strength or any real acting experience to even pull it off. The role, of course went to Johnny Depp, who at that time was the biggest star in the world. The rest was history. And down the road I went. The fact that Tim even considered me (albeit I’m sure he considered for all of 7 seconds:) sure meant a helluva lot to me as I was just breaking in to the business with no idea what the future had in store. I’ll always raise a glass 🥃 to the dreams that don’t come true, because sometimes they’re the best thing that never happened. #BigBrownBaldTattooedWonka 🍫💪🏾