In S1E7, Lorelai and Rory invite Dean over to watch “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” with them. At the market, a cashier asks, “Isn’t that the one with Gene Hackman?” Dean corrects her, “Uh, Gene Wilder.”
“Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” is an iconic 1987 film starring Gene Wilder and Peter Ostrum. It’s based on the book “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” by Roald Dahl.
Gene Wilder, known for his comic acting, was immediately offered the role of Willy Wonka when he auditioned. As the story goes, Wilder actually thought up the idea for his introductory scene in “Willy Wonka,” when Wonka loses his cane and pretends to fall, but somersaults instead.
Gene Hackman is an actor known for “Unforgiven” and “Enemy of the State.” He played the villain Lex Luthor in the 1978 “Superman.”