Mike Teavee from "Willy Wonka" competed on "Jeopardy!" this week, and you'll never recognize him
Are you a fan of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory? While you probably remember the 1971 film as being a hit, it was actually a flop in theaters — but quickly became a cult classic, and then a bonafide classic as the years passed.
The original film was based on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, a fictional book written by Roald Dahl in the 1960s. The story involves a down-on-his-luck boy named Charlie (of course) and his chance to tour a famous neighborhood chocolate factory, along with a few memorable contest winners. One of the most stubborn of the bunch was Mike Teavee, played by Paris Themmen.
Mike Teavee was, as you can probably recall, a big fan of television, he was also a fan of cowboys, violence, and disrespecting his parents. The role was the first for Themmen, whose next acting credit came over twenty years later. Most of the original cast didn’t stick with acting, but they still became household names based on the amount of exposure that the film received. To this day, they participate in reunions and festivals. Just last weekend, Themmen was in New Jersey at the 2018 Chocolate Expo for a meet and greet.
And he finally achieved his character’s dream by appearing on television for the first time — as a contestant on Jeopardy!
Themmen appeared on the March 13th episode, and we’re low-key freaking out.
The former actor, who was announced as an entrepreneur, was competing against an attorney named McKayle Bruce and an analyst named Zach Dark.
His appearance was a surprise for many Willy Wonka fans, even though he announced it a day before on Twitter.
And interestingly enough, Themmen didn’t mention his iconic performance during the show.
Themmen didn’t win, but he played a solid game (and looks like he survived the factory accident in the Television Room from back in the day!). If his appearance made you long to rewatch the movie, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is currently streaming on Netflix.