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The Rock Reveals Tim Burton ‘Considered’ Him To Play Willy Wonka In ‘Charlie And The Chocolate Factory’

When it comes to classic movie characters, Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka in the 1971 classic Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory is pretty iconic.

As a die hard fan of the OG Willy Wonka, the Johnny Depp version was ... a tough pill to swallow.

So when Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson revealed he was up for the iconic role, I can't help but wonder what could have been!

The 2005 Tim Burton film adaptation is controversial, to say the least.

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While Johnny Depp has shined in a lot of his roles, people are still on the fence about if he was the best choice play Willy Wonka.

As aforementioned, I DO NOT BELIEVE HE WAS!

So when The Rock shared a hot lil' tidbit of behind-the-scenes info, fans couldn't believe it.

"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," Dwayne joked on Insta.

"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 [expletive] IM IN"

He continued: "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."

He concluded: "I’ll always raise a glass to the dreams that don’t come true, because sometimes they’re the best thing that never happened"

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He ended his caption with the hashtag #BigBrownBaldTattooedWonka and honestly, I wish we got to see that!