Actor Gene Wilder has slammed the 2005 remake of his 1970s classic movie “Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory”.
The 80-year-old star stated that Tim Burton’s movie starring Johnny Depp was an “insult”.
Gene Wilder’s criticism of the film remake came during his chat with Turner Classic Movies host Robert Osborne at the 92Y in New York City on Thursday.
Wilder said of “Charlie And The Chocolate Factory”, “I think it’s an insult.”
He adds that it was “probably Warner Bros. insult” to his 1971 adaptation of Roald Dahl’s famous children’s novel.
Gene explained his issues with the film, saying, “Johnny Depp, I think, is a good actor, but I don’t care for that director. He’s [Burton] a talented man, but I don’t care for him doing stuff like he did.”
Osborne asked the comedic actor his thoughts on working in Hollywood and he replied, “”Yuck! I don’t like it.”
Gene Wilder said, “[People] say, “What a comic, what a funny guy,” and I’m not – I am really not – except in a comedy film.”
He admits, “I also make my wife laugh once or twice in the house, but nothing special.”
Wilder has starred in comedies such as “Blazing Saddles”, “The Producers”, and “Young Frankenstein”.
Gene has now turned his attention to writing books and has just finished his second novel, “Something To Remember You By”.
He said, “I like writing books. I’d rather be at home with my wife. I can write, take a break, come out, have a glass of tea, give my wife a kiss, and go back in and write some more. It’s not so bad. I am really lucky.”
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