Gene Wilder Called Tim Burton’s ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ an ‘Insult’

Actor starred as Willy Wonka in the 1971 movie “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory”

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The late Gene Wilder wasn’t a fan of Tim Burton‘s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” calling the Warner Bros. movie “an insult.”

“I think it’s an insult,” Wilder said in a 2013 interview with Turner Classic Movies about the film that came after his own 1971 movie “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.” “It’s probably Warner Bros.’ insult.”

Wilder was not particularly generous to the director personally, saying, “Johnny Depp, I think, is a good actor, but I don’t care for that director,” Wilder said. “He’s a talented man, but I don’t care for him doing stuff like he did.”

The actor died last week at the age of 83 in Stamford, Connecticut, due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease.

He also starred in “Blazing Saddles,” “Bonnie and Clyde,” “The Producers” and several films with Richard Pryor, including “Silver Streak,” “Stir Crazy” and “See No Evil, Hear No Evil.”

He was nominated for two Oscars in his career, for Best Supporting Actor in “The Producers” and for Best Adapted Screenplay for “Young Frankenstein.” He won an Emmy in 2003 for his role on “Will & Grace.”

Depp’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” was released in 2005 and starred Helena Bonham Carter, Adam Godley, Freddie Highmore and David Kelly.

The 1971 film received a score of 89 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, while Depp’s film scored 83 percent.