August 10, 2022

As Johnny Depp’s highly-publicized defamation trial against Amber Heard continues to play out in court, Depp’s film, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” has seen a surge of views — propelling the film into Netflix’s top 10.

The 2005 flick — which was directed by Tim Burton — found itself sitting at number eight of the streaming giant’s top ten as of Tuesday, Entertainment Weekly reported.

Based on Ronald Dahl’s 1964 book of the same name, Depp stars as the eccentric chocolatier, Willy Wonka, who allows five children to tour his factory.

Burton’s adaptation came almost 30 years after the beloved movie starring the late Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka.

The later iteration grossed over $475 million worldwide and received generally positive reviews despite several people calling Depp’s performance unsettling. The film also stars Freddie Highmore, Helena Bonham Carter and Christopher Lee.

Wilder, however, was not a fan of the remake despite saying that he liked 58-year-old Depp’s performance.

The film grossed over $475 million worldwide.
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“It’s just some people sitting around thinking, ‘How can we make some more money?’ Why else would you remake ‘Willy Wonka’,” Wilder said in a 2013 interview.

“I don’t see the point of going back and doing it all over again.”

Wilder also added that the only thing that kept the edge off was the fact that “Willy Wonka” was not in the title.

Depp is currently suing his ex-wife Amber Heard, 36, for $50 million over an op-ed that was published in 2018 in the Washington Post where she said she was a victim of abuse, but didn’t name him outright. Heard has also filed a countersuit alleging that Depp’s legal team defamed her.

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