Gene Wilder Did Not Like "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" At All

He didn't care for Tim Burton's directorial choices, either.

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There was at least one person who didn't appreciate Tim Burton's 2005 remake of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory: The original Willy Wonka himself, Gene Wilder. During an appearance at NYC's 92Y, Wilder had some harsh words for the remake.

"I think it's an insult," Wilder said of the film, which was titled Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. "It's probably Warner Bros.' insult." He also didn't like Burton's choices as director: "Johnny Depp, I think, is a good actor, but I don't care for that director," he commented on Burton. "He's a talented man, but I don't care for him doing stuff like he did." 

This isn't the first time Wilder has spoken out against the remake. In a 2005 interview with The Guardian, Wilder said he believed the remake was all about making money. "It's just some people sitting around thinking: 'How can we make some more money?' Why else would you remake 'Willy Wonka'?" He asked. "I don't see the point of going back and doing it all over again." For the record, the film went on to gross a little over $474 million worldwide.

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[via Huffington Post]

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