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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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1.

Robert    

I agree with Mr. Wilder!

442 days ago
2.

Mike D.    

Love Tim Burton, but Charlie and The Chocolate Factory was way to weird.

442 days ago
3.

MaryContrary    

I couldn't agree more.

442 days ago
4.

Kelly    

Totally agree with Gene. I simply couldn't get past Depp and Burton's decision that Depp play Wonka as Michael Jackson. It was a decision that ruined any chance the remake had because there was no escaping it throughout.

442 days ago
5.

bendover    

HE S ALIVE?

442 days ago
6.

dummy    

Agree with Gene, movie was creepy and weird.

442 days ago
7.

FREEWILLY    

EPIC FAIL. It was foolish to try and remake it at all. The original is untouchable.

442 days ago
8.

sunnyjazzislove    

I'm a big Tim Burton fan, but I've loved Gene longer & he will *always* be Willie Wonka to me!

442 days ago
9.

all about the money    

I have to agree. The original is a cult classic. The 2005 movie was a disaster.

442 days ago
10.

rikki    

Hardly news; he said 8 years ago when it came out he didn't like it.

But the original was based off a book just like Burtons version was based off a book. Hardly a remake to my mind

442 days ago
11.

Charles    

I agree 100% with Gene Wilder. The original was great and still is one of my favorite films. The new one was a complete abomination.

442 days ago
12.

sister278    

The remake did SUCK. The first had so many hidden messages. The second was just plain weird.

442 days ago
13.

LordGobblecock    

Tim burton films always look great but lack any emotional pull or depth. Theyre more weird whereas the original willy wonka film had bags of charm and child appeal.

442 days ago
14.

HRH Prince Michael    

I was a freshman in high school, new to the dating scene. she asked ME out...lol...so we went to see "Young Frankenstein" starring the superb Mr. Gene Wilder and the gut-busting, Mr. Marty Feldmen.
Moves, what moves...lol...we could not stop laughing at one of the funniest movies in American Cinema History. I kid you not, for about
six-months, anytime, anywhere, I'd drop The Line:
DAMN, your eyes!


May The True and Living Yahweh, bless you Mr. Wilder....Mr. Feldman....yes sir....I'm still laughing...God bless your soul.

442 days ago
15.

Berserk    

Nobody will ever top Gene Wilder's Willy Wonka.

442 days ago
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