Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson said he was once in the running to bring fans into a world of pure imagination as Willy Wonka.
The “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” star shared the interesting tidbit of showbiz history on Instagram on Sunday, along with a famous clip from the 1971 movie “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.”
In the caption, the 48-year-old actor said that he was in the midst of introducing his “babies” to one of his “all time [favorite] films.” He joked that while the little ones loved the flick, they now expect him “to deliver a room full of chocolate and candy.”
“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,'” Johnson explained. “I remember thinking ‘HOLY S–T, IM IN.'”
The star noted that at the time, he was still a relative newbie to acting with little proof of box office success.
Instead, the role was played by Depp, now 57, who Johnson noted “was the biggest star in the world” when the movie was made.
“The rest was history. And down the road I went,” he said. “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.”
The “Baywatch” star concluded by saying he’d “always raise a glass to the dreams that don’t come true.
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson said he was considered for the role of Willy Wonka in Tim Burton’s ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.’ The role ultimately went to Johnny Depp. (Photo by: Vivian Zink/NBC)
“… Sometimes they’re the best thing that never happened,” he said.
The caption was capped of with the hashtag “#BigBrownBaldTattooedWonka.”
According to IMDb, Johnson’s first acting role unassociated with either the WWE or USWA was a brief appearance in “That ’70s Show” before playing small roles in “The Net” and “Star Trek: Voyager.”
He made his film debut with 2001’s “The Mummy Returns” and led the film “The Scorpion King” the next year.
Since then he’s become one of Hollywood’s most recognizable — and bankable — stars, having joined the “Fast and Furious” franchise, lent his voice to “Moana” and starred in the HBO series “Ballers.”