Gene Wilder - Gene Wilder: 'Tim Burton's Willy Wonka Remake Is An Insult'

Comedy icon Gene Wilder has taken aim at director Tim Burton for remaking movie classic Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, insisting the 2005 film is "an insult".

The veteran actor, who turned 80 on Tuesday (11Jun13), made the cutting comments during a rare public appearance at New York's 92Y venue on Thursday (13Jun13), when he opened up about his career and life outside of showbusiness.

He revealed he is not a fan of action-packed films full of "bombing and swearing", and he has no interest in 3D films - and he feels particularly strongly about remakes, too, after Burton adapted his iconic 1971 film with Johnny Depp as the fictional chocolate king - the role that he played over 40 years ago.

Discussing the updated Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, he said, "I think it's an insult. It's probably Warner Bros.' insult... Johnny Depp, I think, is a good actor, but I don't care for that director (Burton). He's a talented man, but I don't care for him doing stuff like he did."

Wilder has not appeared onscreen since 2003, but he is not ruling out a future acting comeback, as long as the project is really good, reports Moviefone.com.

He told the audience, "If something comes along and it's really good and I think I'd be good for it, I'd be happy to do it."


Contactmusic

Tags: Gene Wilder - Tim Burton


Advertisement

Editors Recommendations

Zach Braff Reignites The Shins Connection for 'Wish I Was Here'

By the time you finish reading this article you will be enlightened. You...

Zach Braff Reignites The Shins Connection for 'Wish I Was Here'

Bruce Springsteen Stars & Makes His Directional Debut In 'Hunter Of Invisible Game'

Bruce Springsteen has made his directional debut with a 10:15 minute short...

Bruce Springsteen Stars & Makes His Directional Debut In 'Hunter Of Invisible Game'

Will He Or Won't He? Garth Brooks Vows To Reach Out To Irish Prime Minister About Cancelled Gigs

It turns out when Garth Brooks said he would perform “all or none” of...

Will He Or Won't He? Garth Brooks Vows To Reach Out To Irish Prime Minister About Cancelled Gigs

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 ups the ante

Back in early 2010 when the first How to Train Your Dragon was released, cinemas were...

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 ups the ante

George Clooney Rejects Daily Mail Apology Over Claims Regarding Fiancee's Mother

George Clooney has been left reeling in fury in a spat with The Daily...

George Clooney Rejects Daily Mail Apology Over Claims Regarding Fiancee's Mother
Advertisement

Flashback Friday: Major Labels In Talks For Shares In SoundCloud In Exchange For Copyright Waivers

Berlin-based streaming service SoundCloud is about to reach a deal...

Flashback Friday: Major Labels In Talks For Shares In SoundCloud In Exchange For Copyright Waivers

Paul McCartney: Just One in a Long List of Celebs Who Love a Good Proposal

Paul McCartney made two fans’ dreams come true at a recent concert...

Paul McCartney: Just One in a Long List of Celebs Who Love a Good Proposal


More recommendations

Advertisement

Comments

Gene Wilder Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Gene Wilder

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All