Here’s What Miss Trunchbull From ‘Matilida’ Looks Like Today.
It takes a truly talented actor to bring a character to life. It's even more taxing when the role is based from a famous book. To say the expectations to deliver are high is an understatement. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The BFG, The Witches, and Matilda, are just some of the novels from British author Roald Dahl's that have been turned into live action films.
Directors and producers know that finding the actor to play the hero with a heart of gold is just as important as finding the evil villain to terrify little children and adults alike. For the 1996 film Matilda, directed by actor Danny DeVito, the responsibility of playing the evil principal Miss Trunchbull fell on the shoulders of Pam Ferris.
Pam Ferris was born in Germany, but raised in New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
Ferris played the authoritarian principal in Crunchem Hall Elementary School.
Miss Trunchbull is muscularly built and a former Olympian.
She uses that brawn to discipline and abuse the children in the school.
Everything from throwing kids across the playground to making one stuff his face with cake.
No punishment was too harsh for Miss Trunchbull.
In fact, in the book Matilda, Miss Trunchbull reveals she was never a child herself.
She is also described as "more like an eccentric and rather bloodthirsty follower of the stag-hounds than the headmistress of a nice school for children."
And that is exactly what Pam Ferris had to work with to bring Miss Trunchbull to life.
The actor never had children herself.
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