SDCC '12: Willy Wonka at Profiles in History

Also: Rudy! Rudy! Rudy! Rudy!

The Profiles in History booth probably had a lot of cool movie props, but I kind of missed what they all were because of all the Willy Wonka props they had. It looks like they had the motorcycle from Ghost Rider, from the background of the Wonka photos I took. I've gotten a greater appreciation for Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory over the years because my girlfriend is as obsessed with it as I am with other things, so I had to get photos of all the Wonka goodies. President & CEO Joe Maddalena was there along with actor Sean Astin. You can see Joe on the show Hollywood Treasures (Sean Astin shows up in an episode, too). I missed the announcement that Sean would be there signing. About a minute before he resumed signing autographs, the people around the booth started shouting, "Rudy! Rudy! Rudy! Rudy!" It was great. Check out the Wonka props that were probably auctioned off for the thousands estimated on the cards.

While I was at the booth, a Willy Wonka cosplayer (from the inferior Tim Burton remake) was there checking out the Wonka goods. The opportunity presented itself for a photo of new Wonka taking a photo of the old Wonka costume.

Sean Astin and Joe Maddalena are best buds at SDCC.

- Shawn - 8/9/12

Photos by Heidi.