Johnny Depp Vs Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka, Fans Argue Who’s Better!

The iconic character of Willy Wonka has always been associated with either Johnny Deep or Gene Wilder, even though they delivered each of their best performances 30 years apart. It was Gene Wilder who played the iconic character first in the 1971 movie Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, followed by Johnny Depp taking over the role in the 2005 movie Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

The initial premise of these films was, of course, laid out by the 1964 novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by famous writer Roald Dahl. However, the scripts of both films witnessed certain differences and as the films came out 30 years apart who better fit into the character of Willy Wonka has always remained an unresolved debate.

Johnny Depp- fans & Gene- Wilder-fans Take Up The Topic On Social Media

The heated debate on “Who plays it better?” splayed all over social media and fans shared their inputs in some hilarious manner.

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Even though both the films stem out from the same novel, author Dahl choose to disown the initial Willy Wonka film “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory”, due to creative differences. It was the on-boarding of David Seltzer to write the screenplay (uncredited) against Dahl’s wishes to incorporate major changes that infuriated the writer.

Meanwhile, Johnny Depp is not exactly in a Willy Wonka- space at this point.

This sad turn of events have come into place after Johnny Depp has been replaced by Mads Mikkelsen in the Fantastic Beasts franchise after he lost his case against the Sun over claims that he abused his ex-wife Amber Heard.

Johnny took to social media to let his fans know the sad news, as he wrote-

“I wish to let you know that I have been asked to resign by Warner Bros from my role as Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts and I have respected and agreed to that request”

You can still catch him as Willy Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory now streaming on Netflix.

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