Willie Wonka star slams Tim Burton's remake as an 'insult'

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Jun 14, 2013, 4:44 PM EDT (Updated)

Tim Burton’s 2005 remake of Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (which was called Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) was anything if not peculiar and even downright creepy.

Gene Wilder, who played the role of Willy Wonka in the original 1971 film, directed by Mel Stuart,  made a rare public appearance in the Big Apple on Thursday night at New York’s 92Y, where he slammed Burton’s remake, which starred a very Michael-Jackson-ish-lookalike Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka.

The 80-year-old famous comic actor said to Moviefone

"I think it's an insult. It's probably Warner Bros.' insult."

Wilder also went on to say that he had a problem with Tim Burton as the director of the Willy Wonka remake:

"Johnny Depp, I think, is a good actor, but I don't care for that director. He's a talented man, but I don't care for him doing stuff like he did."

Ouch! Do you agree with Gene Wilder about Charlie and the Chocolate Factory?

(Moviefone via The Huffington Post)

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