“To be chosen to play Willy Wonka in the first place is a great honor,” Johnny Depp told ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT in a segment that aired on Wednesday, June 22nd. The feature, introduced by actor Jordan Fry, who plays Mike Teevee, included footage shot on the Pinewood lot during the filming of CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY. Brief clips of Willy Wonka interacting with the children in the factory were intercut with quotes from a clean-shaven Johnny and Freddie Highmore. “He’s kind of an angel,” Johnny said, referring to Freddie’s character, Charlie Bucket. “You end up feeling like you’ve met some kind of saint.”

“Working with Johnny was great,” said Jordan Fry, adding that Johnny was “very nice and down to earth–just like a regular guy.” In another segment of the interview, Johnny said that the chocolate factory “is like walking through Wonka’s brain–complicated . . . strange . . . fun!”

Thanks to Tigress and Fran-is-a-fan for posting news of the ET appearance before the fact, Veronica and abigail who posted reports of the interview, and tina_als_girl who provided the video file. Special thanks to Susanne for the screencaps on the Recent Pics board, and to Theresa who posted her first-ever screencaps on Pic Parties. To see a larger version of Susanne’s thumbnail at the left, click HERE. To see a different pose capped by Theresa, click HERE.

Danny Elfman's soundtrack CD for CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY available on July 12th!

The soundtrack CD for CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, with original music by Danny Elfman, will be released by Warner Sunset Records on July 12, 2005. Elfman’s score includes five new songs: “Wonka’s Welcome Song,” for which Elfman and screewriter John August wrote the lyrics, and four songs named for the “malicious children” in the movie, for which Elfman used the lyrics written by Roald Dahl. Elfman explained that he wanted to stay true to Dahl’s words in the book, which have a wonderful rhythm to them. His greatest challenge was to create a different musical style for each child, to suit their distinct personalities.

In the press release announcing the CD, Tim Burton heaped praise on Elfman. “This is the 11th film I’ve worked on with my friend and collaborator Danny Elfman [. . .] . Each time has been different and Danny is always an important character in the telling of the film. He has created yet another fantastic score that successfully reflects the movie.” Burton continued, “What was unique about CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY was the creation of the Oompa-Loompa songs. It was great fun to see Danny work within a number of different musical genres.”

The CD can be pre-ordered from Amazon for $14.99, a 21% savings. Thanks to DeppintheHeartofTexas and DeepinDepp for breaking the news and posting playlists and news releases on the News & Views forum. According to DITHOT, the full score of CATCF includes Strauss’s “Also Sprach Zarathustra,” “Good Morning, Starshine” from the 1960s musical HAIR, and–heaven help us–the Macarena!