There are few actors who seem to care as much as Gene Wilder did. The iconic actor was an absolute treasure and the effort he put into his roles was clearly evident.
Watching Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory was always a pretty big moment for people when they were kids. You honestly don't know fear until you watch the creepy boat tunnel scene and experience a type of terror that makes no sense. But even though Willy Wonka kind of frightened us, we still loved his goofy nature and his outlandish attitude.
Wilder had many hit movies, but it's Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory that people keep coming back to. It's probably because he cared so much about the production of that movie that it comes across as his most iconic role.
When the film went into production, he had a lot of requests for what he thought was best for the character. In order to accept the role, he had a specific demand.
"When I make my first entrance, I'd like to come out of the door carrying a cane and then walk toward the crowd with a limp. After the crowd sees Willy Wonka is a cripple, they all whisper to themselves and then become deathly quiet. As I walk toward them, my cane sinks into one of the cobblestones I'm walking on and stands straight up, by itself; but I keep on walking, until I realize that I no longer have my cane. I start to fall forward, and just before I hit the ground, I do a beautiful forward somersault and bounce back up, to great applause."
The reason why he wanted to do this was because he wanted to give a sense of uneasiness to the viewers, because "from that time on, no one will know if I'm lying or telling the truth."