Wilder Retracts Depp Criticism

LATEST: Movie funnyman GENE WILDER has hailed JOHNNY DEPP as a "magical" choice to play WILLY WONKA in upcoming film CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY - weeks after attacking Depp's casting in the movie remake.

Wilder, who played Wonka in the original 1971 film, recently accused director TIM BURTON of remaking the ROALD DAHL fantasy for "pointless" financial gain.

And despite complaining Depp would not be able to improve upon his portrayal of Wonka, Wilder has now declared Depp is the perfect choice for the film.

He says, "If I were going to cast the movie, I would cast Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka because I think he is wonderful. Mysterious - always - and magical."

05/07/2005 02:55

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I don't know what it is Gene problem about the remake Charlie and the Factory Willy Wonka there is remake of every movies that been made besides Johnny does such a good job in anything he does.He don't have to work hard for it, it just comes to him he has that gifed.
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That movie is just a freakfest...I have always liked Depp & Burton, but what was that anyway??? The kids were not very memorable, puhleeze give me the original Veruca Salt and Charlie Bucket anyday. ...and why did I feel like Depp was a cross between Michael Jackson and some actress I recall on sitcoms, "Don't ya' know???" And true to the book...since when was there a maniacal, child-abandoning dentist/orthodontist in the book??? Or thousands of cloned little Far East indians??? The songs are all that seemed to be overtly true to form and Dahl was a marvelous storyteller...but not necessarily a lyricist.The original 1971 songs made you happy and want to sing along...what was Deep Roy even saying, I was too distracted by all of the vinyl myself. Oh well...I'll stick to the wild hair and vivid blue eyes of Gene Wilder forever.
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Mr. Gene Wilder has done very well to retract his comments about Johnny Depp. Indeed Johnny Depp is a magical and wonderful person and obviously he can play magical roles.
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