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Gene Wilder no fan of Tim Burton's Wonka

1 of 1 Gene Wilder as Wonka, surrounded by his beloved Oompa-Loompas
Gene Wilder as Wonka, surrounded by his beloved Oompa-Loompas

Gene Wilder has criticised Tim Burton's 2005 film version of Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Wilder famously played the title character in a much-loved Dahl adaptation that was titled Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, which became a cult classic years after its original release in 1971.

The 80-year-old actor was making a public appearance for Turner Classic Movies last Thursday (June 13), when he expressed his dissatisfaction with Burton's 2005 film.

"I think it's an insult. It's probably [distributor] Warner Bros' insult," The Wrap quotes Wilder as saying.

Wilder then went on to admit that, while he likes Johhny Depp - who played the Wonka role Wilder made famous - he's not that much of a fan of Burton in general.

"Johnny Depp, I think, is a good actor, but I don't care for that director," he said, adding: "He's a talented man, but I don't care for him doing stuff like he did."

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