Just as a new musical version of the Roald Dahl classic Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is about to open on London’s West End, the original Willy Wonka has made his views on the 2005 Tim Burton adaptation of the book known.
Gene Wilder, who hasn’t been seen on screen in over 20 years, called the 2005 Tim Burton movie starring Johnny Depp “an insult”. He made the scathing comment during a rare public appearance on Tuesday evening in New York.
This is the not the first time that the 80 year old actor has made disparaging comments about the newer movie version of the children’s classic book. In an interview with UK paper The Daily Telegraphin 2005 where he said of the remake:
“It’s all about money. It’s just some people sitting around thinking: ‘How can we make some more money?’ Why else would you remake Willy Wonka? I don’t see the point of going back and doing it all over again.
”I like Johnny Depp, and I appreciate that he has said on the record that my shoes would be hard to fill. But I don’t know how it will all turn out. Right now, the only thing that does take some of the edge off this for me is that Willy Wonka’s name isn’t in the title.”
Yes, Gene Wilder was iconic in the 1971 film which was called Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory; however it seems he has got his facts confused, as it was his version that changed the name; Tim Burton used the original book title.
Maybe there is room for both versions in the world, and it may be controversial but I always preferred Gene’s Oompa Loompas.