the actors name is gene wilder of young frankenstien fame, i saw him on conan the other night.
and secondly, i dont consider myself a movie buff but i really couldnt bring myself to like the remake. yes it was well made but the writing and concepts were just unbearable. Depp became a popularty puppet, i wish they would have gone with a less known face. the reason i saw it in the first place is because its a burton film which i later found out that his creative director did most of the work which further dissapointed me. the oompa loompas were gay for lack of a better word, all done by the same person and their songs werent entertaining or original, rather a cheap gimick for laughs.
i much prefer the classic.