'The script was 15 pages of AI-generated gibberish': Willy Wonka actor breaks silence on disastrous event

28 February 2024, 18:56 | Updated: 28 February 2024, 19:07

The 31-year-old criticised the script he was given, branding it as "15 pages of AI-generated gibberish.
The 31-year-old criticised the script he was given, branding it as "15 pages of AI-generated gibberish. Picture: TikTok/Facebook
Jasmine Moody

By Jasmine Moody

The actor hired to be Willy Wonka for the "disappointing" event has broken his silence on social media.

Listen to this article

Loading audio...

The experience was described as a "paradise of sweet treats" with an "enchanted garden containing giant sweets and mysterious sculptures" and was advertised with whimsical and bright AI-generated images.

Instead of a paradise, choc-a-bloc full of fun, children were bitterly disappointed by the supposedly sweet event as they arrived to a "dirty old warehouse"

Stuart Sinclair, 29, who travelled two hours from Dundee with his three children to the event described it as "an absolute shambles of an event".

He told the Courier newspaper: "There was a guy wandering around apparently dressed as Willy Wonka but he didn’t seem interested."

Now, Paul Connell, the actor hired to play the whimsical chocolate factory-owning character has spoken out on TikTok in a series of videos.

All of the actors were "lovely people" to tried to make the event as magical as possible, according to the comedian.
All of the actors were "lovely people" to tried to make the event as magical as possible, according to the comedian. Picture: TikTok

The 31-year-old comedian criticised the script he was given, branding it as "15 pages of AI-generated gibberish.

He said: "I'm constantly applying for more acting jobs and comedy work, then I got a phone call on Thursday saying, ‘Congratulations you are going to play Willy Wonka, we will send you over the script and dress rehearsal is tomorrow.

"The script was 15 pages of AI-generated gibberish of me just monologuing these mad things.

"The bit that got me was where I had to say, 'There is a man we don’t know his name. We know him as the Unknown. This Unknown is an evil chocolate maker who lives in the walls," he said to The Independent.

The "Unknown"
The "Unknown". Picture: Facebook

The "Unknown" was met with children's cries, as the terrified tots watched in horror as a silver-masked man emerged from behind a mirror.

“At the end of my monologue, I was supposed to suck up the Unknown Man with a vacuum cleaner. I asked them if they had a vacuum cleaner and they said: 'Yeah, we haven't really got there yet, so just improvise," he added.

He ended up "cutting" things out as they were "too silly".

All of the actors were "lovely people" to tried to make the event as magical as possible, according to the comedian.

He added that organisers scolded him for spending too much time with the children and instead should "get through them as quickly as possible.'

Read more: Actors from 'shambolic' Willy Wonka-inspired event 'humiliated' as children in Oompa Loompa costumes burst into tears

Read more: Kids left in tears and police called over 'shambolic' Willy Wonka-inspired event after parents forked out £35 per ticket

Cara Lewis, who said she was hired for the event over the weekend, said in a post on Facebook, that actors had one night to learn the script and were then told to "abandon it and just improvise" amid the chaos.

"Even we [actors] had been made to believe that this would be an incredible experience, however almost everything mentioned in the script wasn’t even there."

She said it was "definitely AI generated too".

Willa Wonka event aftermath seen in Glasgow

Michael Archibald, who said he was also an actor for the event, took to Facebook to brand the so-called 'immersive experience' as a "last-minute s**tshow" and apologised to distraught parents.

"We had some really lovely people who I am absolutely honoured to have spent time in meeting, however with contracts signed in erasable ink and no updates on what's happening, I doubt any of us will receive a penny," he claimed.

He added: "I am deeply sorry for the fact that things turned out the way they had.

"I spoke to the police officer who was in front of the warehouse later on and gave him as much information from an inside perspective as I could.

"This event has humiliated a group of professionals and people who generally knew what they were doing and really has made them feel horrid for their public reputation.

"Lots of love being sent for everyone involved, the stage staff appeared to all be students hired last minute as well and it would have been horrible on them."

He said his "heart broke" when he saw a "wee oompa loompa kid crying".

House of Illuminati said in a post to Facebook on Saturday night: "Today has been a very stressful and frustrating day for many and for that we are truly sorry."
House of Illuminati said in a post to Facebook on Saturday night: "Today has been a very stressful and frustrating day for many and for that we are truly sorry.". Picture: Facebook/Elaine Wyper

The disappointment was so great that police were called due to the sheer amount of people waiting outside the venue.

The event stopped short just halfway through the first day.

To make the situation sweeter, a GoFundMe page had been created to "help put on a fun, amazing event for the children of Glasgow who were let down by the Willy Wonka chocolate experience".

It hopes to provide children with a free day, as compensation for the “disappointed children”

The page now seems to have been taken down but £150 of the £5,000 had been raised.

Children were given just one sweet.
Children were given just one sweet. Picture: Facebook/Elaine Wyper

House of Illuminati said in a post to Facebook on Saturday night: "Today has been a very stressful and frustrating day for many and for that we are truly sorry."

“Unfortunately last minute we were let down in many areas of our event and tried our best to continue on and push through and now realise we probably should have cancelled first thing this morning instead.

"We fully apologise for what has happened and will be giving full refunds to each and every person who purchased tickets."

The Box Hub said it had only rented out the space and was not responsible for the experience.

More Latest News

See more More Latest News

Dawn Singleton was among six victims of the stabbings

Victim of Sydney stabbings 'bought wedding dress days earlier' and was preparing to send out invitations

The IDF said over 300 weapons were fired by Iran.

Israel says Iran conflict 'not over' and vows to 'collect a price when timing is right', as US urges restraint

Poland Abortion

Polish opponents of abortion march against recent steps to liberalise strict law

A boy, 8, was killed in the incident.

Boy, 8, dies after crash on quiet Wiltshire cul-de-sac

Five of the six victims from the stabbing have been named.

Victims of Sydney stabbings named as heartbroken tributes flood in following attack by knifeman who killed six

The Israeli Iron Dome air defence system launches to intercept missiles fired from Iran

Israel hails ‘success’ in blocking Iran’s unprecedented attack

Rishi Sunak confirmed a number of Iranian drones attacking Israel were shot down by RAF jets.

RAF jets shot down ‘a number’ of Iranian drones attacking Israel, Rishi Sunak says

A demonstrator waves Iranian and Palestinian flags during an anti-Israeli gathering at the Felestin (Palestine) Square in Tehran, Iran

What is the fallout from Iran’s attack on Israel?

Disability advocate Charlotte Anderson advises people on how to apply for PIP.

YouTuber who fills out PIP applications for £650 each says she has ‘only ever lost one claim in six years’

Planning documents show the owners of the pub want to rebuild it in a new location.

Owners of Crooked House agree to rebuild ‘Britain’s wonkiest pub’ - providing it's in a new location

Joe Biden has reaffirmed the US's commitment to defending Israel's security.

Biden reaffirms ‘ironclad support' of Israel as he plans G7 meeting to coordinate ‘diplomatic response to Iran attack’

The IDF said over 300 weapons were fired by Iran.

‘Together we will win’: Netanyahu vows to fight off attacks from Iran after over 300 drones and missiles fired at Israel

Israeli's military have fought off a massive Iranian drone and missile attack - downing more than 200 weapons launched by the hostile state with the help of ace RAF pilots.

Israel fights off massive Iran attack - downing over 200 missiles and drones with help of RAF

Plans have been drawn up for an evacuation of Brits from the Middle East. Defence Secretary Grant Shapps (l) and protesters outside the British Embassy in Tehran (r)

Brits living in the Middle East could be rescued by the Royal Marines in 'Dunkirk-style' evacuation

The knifeman who killed six people in a rampage at a Sydney shopping centre has been named as 40-year-old Joel Cauchi (left)

Pictured: Sydney knifeman, 40, who killed six people before being shot dead by brave policewoman

Iranian drones and missiles have arrived in Israel with explosions in the skies - as officials warn of a "significant response" to the massive attack.

Explosions in skies and sirens across Jerusalem amid Iranian attack - as Israel warns of 'significant response'