One of the most popular films in the 1970s was Mel Stuart's Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. The famous star of this film is the late Gene Wilder, who played Willy Wonka. This fantasy/comedy musical film was released on June 30, 1971 but was not the only film based off of Roald Dahl's book. Another remake was made from the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory book. Tim Burton, a popular director of the 21st century, directed his own version based off the book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, released on July 15, 2005.
Only a few years after Burton's version was released, according to an article by the Huffington Post, Wilder called the remake an "insult." He continued to say that, "one of the film industry’s biggest mistakes to date was trying to recapture the magic of 1971’s Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory with Tim Burton, Johnny Depp and the actor’s veneers."
It seems that not all the actors from the last film were interested in the second remake. Willy Wonka's Wilder thought that Depp's acting skills weren't used well in this film. He didn't care for Burton or the film he remade. This came from an interview that resurfaced between Wilder and Turner Classic Movies host, Robert Osborne.
The interview also gave Wilder a chance to go in-depth on his written work and some of his most famous films, including Bonnie and Clyde (1967), The Producers (1968) and Young Frankenstein (1974). The interview was filmed at the 92Y in 2013 and gave a lot of insight into Wilder's opinion on the film remade after his own classic.
RIP Gene Wilder. You will truly be missed and will always be remembered as the amazing Willy Wonka who graced our screens.
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