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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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karenjj    

Couldn't agree more. It's like trying to remake The Wizard of Oz. Oh, wait.......

435 days ago
47.

Nobrows    

I agree with Mr. Wilder !

435 days ago
48.

dgb    

Truth

435 days ago
49.

static    

Gene nailed!

435 days ago
50.

CaliWriter    

I SO totally agree. The re-make was so weird and hard to watch. I LOVE the original. When is hollyweird going to start putting out original material again instead of always ripping off old movies.

435 days ago
51.

Denver    

Psycho, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Total Recall, Planet of the Apes, Arthur. If it was a classic the first time, dont mess with it! What's next? Gone With The Wind? Casablanca? And there is a special place in movie hell for Lucas redoing his first three Star Wars movies..

435 days ago
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cozblah    

JOHNNY DEPPth is the GREATist his new lone ranger is 2/2/2/2 FN flunny4wards.wilders movies are all the same hair face and actions boring as most olt flicks.Bitter much?

435 days ago
53.

Andi    

I am not a Tim Burton fan however, I love the remake. I'm 48, I've seen the old version many times as a kid and the new version is way better. The old version is boring.

435 days ago
54.

mark    

That's interesting.. the author, Roald Dahl hated the "Willy Wonka" version and his widow gave the Burton versio her blessings.

435 days ago
55.

Salty    

The only way Charlie Sheen would fit is if the Chocolate factory was a cover for a brothel.

435 days ago
56.

Umm ok...    

Wilder is 100% right! The remake was terrible. Burton took a perfectly sweet movie about being a poor kid whose honesty pays off, and turn it into a high budget schizophrenic flashback about dentistry & paternal issues.

435 days ago
57.

Grace    

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was NOT remake because it was based off the amazing book written by Roald Dahl. If you've actually read the book, the movie is pretty much the book to a "T." The movie with Gene Wilder was good for what it was... essentially a musical. They aren't comparable because they aren't the same and weren't meant to be.

435 days ago
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cozblah    

JOHnny DEPPths will long since be remembered and has found his way artistically speaking,no one knows if gene is still even alive?

435 days ago
59.

Sili'LilSkoolgrl    

Tim Burton isn't talented. His remake made Depp look like a tranny with that terrible bob hairdo and makeup. They only used 1 dwarf and multiplied him on the screen. Depp tries to e versatile as an actor but always ends up bombing with the dumb Burton movies.

435 days ago
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cozblah    

Johhnys DEPPths both hy&lo are the hand that feeds this FOX hole ship,wild was never wild and he sure didn`t feed manya ofa mouths in dthis union town.BITTER MUCHO!!

435 days ago
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