After weeks of wanting, I finally caught up and saw Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. While it features many not-so-subtle classic film references (2001, Ben-Hur, etc.), there was one subtle, blink-and-you’ll-miss-it cameo that I loved. And in a summer of far-too-obvious cameos (are we really shocked to see Will Ferrell in Wedding Crashers or, I dunno, Drew Barrymore in My Date With Drew?), it’s refreshing. Well, for me and like six other people at least.
In Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, two men are walking their dogs, chatting about the most recent golden ticket winner. Because of who the two actors are, I can’t help but think it is incredibly intentional and I’m dying to know who on the production (Tim Burton? The casting folks?) is a fan. The two men in question are played by Mark Heap and Kevin Eldon. Who? They are two British actor/comedians who share the screen with Simon (Shaun of the Dead) Pegg as regulars on the BBC series, Big Train.
Totally geeky, I’m aware. But, as some readers of this blog can recall, some friends of mine and I went through a Mark Heap DVD period recently, catching up on the now-defunct shows like Spaced and Train. Anyway, just had to mention it… and I’m hoping to find out just who had the idea to throw this nod to obscure Brit-TV into a huge Hollywood summer release.