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Gene Wilder

TRASHES 'Wonka' Movie Remake

'I Think It's an Insult'

6/14/2013 10:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Don't expect Gene Wilder and Tim Burton to share a candy bar together any time soon ... because Wilder says he flat out HATES the director's remake of his classic film, "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory."

Wilder made a rare appearance Thursday night in NYC and spoke with Turner Classic Movies host Robert Osborne. According to The Wrap, Wilder called the 2005 movie "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" starring Johnny Depp "an insult" to the original.

Wilder said he had no beef with Depp (calling him "a good actor") but said of Burton, "I don't care for that director. He's a talented man, but I don't care for him doing stuff like he did."

Oompa Loompa doo-pa-dee do ...
It's gotta suck when Willy Wonka rips you ...

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16.

Berserk    

Nobody will ever top Gene Wilder's Willy Wonka.

310 days ago
17.

Katz    

I absolutely agree with him!

310 days ago
18.

kimmi    

Wow. I guess I'm the only one that liked Tim Burton's version better. I found the original one very creepy.
Oh well. Everyone likes something different. Gene Wilder's a legend and so is Johnny Depp.

310 days ago
19.

Kelly     

And even though I liked it more than most people, I have to say they ruined Dark Shadows, too.

310 days ago
20.

whateveryou    

You can't really blame him. I like Burton's stuff too. But they did make Wonka look pretty nutty in this one. Some movies don't need to be remade.

310 days ago
21.

Keyser Söze    

Impossible to disagree with him - "Charlie" is an inferior movie then "Willy", no doubt about it.

310 days ago
22.

mike53051    

The remake was almost sinister to children opposed to Wilder's where it was more teaching a lesson.

310 days ago
23.

Carl    

The original is better even if the new one is supposedly closer to the original book. Strangely, Tim Burton's version is more mainstream and less subversive than the original, though you'd expect the opposite out of him. The most obvious place to see the difference is in the boat tunnel.

310 days ago
24.

His Prince Michael    

@Kimm: Please. No, really. Please.
Depp, is to Wilder, what Fruity-Pebbles is to Denny's.

310 days ago
25.

ChuckyDee    

Wilder has been ripping the movie for years, and he is right.

310 days ago
26.

Carla    

Totally agree with Gene! The remake was awful and really hard to watch. I'm sick of Hollywood remaking movies that were already awesome to begin with. I want them to take a movie that sucked and make a better version. That would require real talent though.

310 days ago
27.

MP    

I totally agree with Mr. Wilder. Nothing beats the original. Burton's movie was just weird.

310 days ago
28.

judi    

i agree !

310 days ago
29.

the artist formerly known as hand turkey    

Is it flashback Friday? He already said he hated it a long time ago. Movie has been out for years, if you didn't like it, you don't have to watch it again.

By the way, the book was better than the first movie, but let's not dwell.

310 days ago
30.

Rebecca    

The remake was more based on the book. And the book is very dark. Just saying. Look at Alice in Wonderland, also a dark book and Disney made it look more kid friendly when in reality it's very dark and weird.

310 days ago
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