‘Willy Wonka’ Star Calls Remake an ‘Insult’

by | June 14, 2013 at 8:32 PM | General, Movies

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Gene Wilder, star of 1971’s “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory,” pulled no punches when asked about Tim Burton’s hit 2005 remake of the children’s classic this week, according to New York Daily News.

“I think it’s an insult,” Wilder told TCM host Robert Osborne in a conversation at New York’s 92nd Street Y. He went on to lay the blame with the studio behind the remake, saying, “I think it’s probably Warner Brothers’ insult.”

The original Willy Wonka had no hard feelings toward the man who played the candy mogul in 2005. His anger was geared toward the work of director Tim Burton. “Johnny Depp, I think, is a good actor,” Wilder clarified. “But I don’t care for the director. He’s a talented man, but I don’t care for him doing stuff like he did.”

The 80-year-old “Blazing Saddles”  has not surfaced on the big screen since 1991. During that time, Wilder has occasionally appeared on television and has written a number of books.

When asked about his long absence from film, Wilder explained, “After a while, [movies] were so dirty. Once in a while, there was a nice, good film, but not very many… I didn’t want to do 3-D, for instance. I didn’t want to do ones that were just bombing and swearing. If someone says ‘Ah, go f–k yourself,’ if it came from a meaningful place, I’d understand it. But if you go to some movies, can’t they just stop and talk once in a while?”


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