When Tim and I first discussed the part in 2003, he told me, 'I'd love for you to play five Oompas.' But five Oompas quickly turned into 165 - and they're not computerized; I did each one individually myself.
Whether you're a dwarf, whether you're a midget, it's all branding.
My height is immaterial; it's my heart and mind which count.
Word leaked out that there's only one man playing all Loompas.
I am proportional, and I'm very lucky for that.
When it comes time to dance, they're like a regiment; they do the same steps - except for the Mike Teavee dance, where the Oompas play in a rock band. I learned to play the guitar for that one.
If a scene called for numerous Oompas to join in a narrative song and dance, I would perform the steps for all of them with subtle distinctions of expression and movement. When the images were joined with the help of a computer, I became an entire troupe.