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.
Ferris played the authoritarian principal in Crunchem Hall Elementary School.