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Saturday, September 16, 2017

Charlie from “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” was originally black

Peter Ostrum and Gene Wilder in "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory"

Peter Ostrum and Gene Wilder in "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory" (Credit: Paramount Pictures/Guy Woodhouse)

According to Roald Dahl’s widow, Charlie Bucket, the young hero from the writer’s beloved 1964 book “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” apparently underwent a race change.

In a BBC interview on Wednesday,  Felicity Dahl explained that Roald’s original idea of Charlie “was a little black boy,” a notion she claimed was “influenced by America.”

The revelation comes at an interesting moment as whitewashing in film has recently become a topic of heated debate. In recent years films including “Doctor Strange,” “Ghost in the Shell” and “Aloha” have all used white actors to play roles that were traditionally characters of color or claimed to be multiracial. Recently, actor Ed Skrein left the forthcoming “Hellboy” reboot after signing on to play a traditionally Asian character.



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