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‘Willy Wonka’s’ original Charlie Bucket reveals film’s lickable wallpaper tasted like . . . wallpaper

The actors who played Charlie Bucket, Veruca Salt and other characters in the 1971 classic “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” reunited Monday morning on “Today” to celebrate the film’s 40th anniversary. Most of the conversation seemed to surround the film’s sweet set pieces.

Peter Ostrum, who left acting after portraying Golden Ticket winner Charlie Bucket, revealed that the fruity wallpaper the actors licked in the film tasted like . . . wallpaper. This news is especially disappointing to anyone who wondered what a snozberry tastes like.

In other facts that will disappoint your tastebuds, the chocolate river that Augustus Gloop (Michael Bollner) falls into was just water. And it seems that Gene Wilder, who did not appear Monday with the rest of the cast, made the biggest taste sacrifice of all, taking a bite of a wax teacup shaped like a daffodil. I can now stop my search for edible glassware.

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