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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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121.

Andrea    

Good thing Gene Wilder's opinion on the 2005 re-make is completely irrelevant as Mr. Wilder will probably shrivel up and die at any moment, I'm surprised he is still capable of watching movies. For those saying that Johnny Depp acts like Michael Jackson in the film are regrettably mistaken as he act nothing like Michael Jackson, I'm a huge fan of both and find it very strange that people make that connection. The movies are both different peoples perspectives, they are totally different, and I like them both. No artist should ever (especially publicly) trash another artist's craft. For those who say Tim Burton is crazy, he probably is, you would have to be to make those amazing movies, all grossing more than the company you work for, he is a f**cking genius, one of the most creative men on the planet, and so is Johnny Depp :)

394 days ago
122.

Linda    

Burton ruined Dark Shadows too!

394 days ago
123.

Lurker    

I agree with Gene Wilder.

394 days ago
124.

Jena Baird    

I agree 100% I love the original! I love tim and his work I just dont feel his vibe was right for the remake. Can we remake the remake??? I love jonny and felt he def was a good choice but the way they had him play it just didnt work... And they changed up the umpa lumpas?!!! What!! The reason we make remakes is beacuse the movies are beloved. When u go and change every thing up it like it doest honor or respect why we loved them in the first place..

394 days ago
125.

Kabala    

Why did he wait 8 years to trash the film?

394 days ago
126.

tleeg    

I agree...the remake is HORRIBLE. The original is a classic.

394 days ago
127.

Denese    

Burton's was a more creepy version, that is what he is known for. Helena gives her candy bar a bj when she is kneeling by the bed at the beginning when they are trying to win Charlie a golden ticket.

394 days ago
128.

BB not bb    

I really don't like any of Tim Burton's movies. The original Willie Wonka movie is a classic though. It did look too dark the way Tim Burton portrayed it. I think it is supposed to be a movie about kids and innocence and hanging on to what is most important.


Johnny Depp is in creepy movies and always has an air of creepiness about him. I think he is very hard to relate to as a character. I don't know why he is so popular. Maybe people like his looks.

394 days ago
129.

Feeniegal    

I agree 1000 times with you Mr. Wilder. I HATE that remake. I can't believe it was even released it's so awful.

394 days ago
130.

gbtw    

i totally agree about burton! felt the same with what he did to 'dark shadows'! he paradies and ruins everything. but then, the guy has talent... we know that... it's just horribly misguided. do your own ****- nightmare before christmas and such... don't remake classics into jokes! not everything is the ****ing 'brady bunch movie'... so ANNOYING!

394 days ago
131.

Laurie    

I agree with Mr. Wilder. The other movie is just creepy.

394 days ago
132.

kim    

When directors remake a film that was so original and successful the first time around it makes me think they are to lazy to come up with their own idea & just want to ride on the previous success of the original film. I am so sick of remakes. The only exception to this rule for me is remakes of the classics: Pride & Prejudice, Romeo & Juliet, Great Gatsby.

394 days ago
133.

bigfranklittle    

Remakes will always suck to the previous generation until you find out some of your favorite childhood movies are remakes then it put it all in perspective. I don't think that there a lack of creativity as much as a lack of creative outlets entertainment has become so corporate no one can afford to take risks so they go with what already works and it's pretty sad... I'll try not to sprain my ankle getting off my soapbox!

394 days ago
134.

Xianne    

I wish I can wash the remake out of my mind . Willy wonka and the chocolate factory is my favorite movie I watch it when I'm sad and depress and it make me feel alot better.

394 days ago
135.

Emma     

AGREE! it blew

394 days ago
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