Birthday Boy Johnny Depp's 10 Greatest Roles

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7: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)

By DAVID WEINER

June 09, 2014

This busy remake of the 1971 Gene Wilder classic (based on the 1964 Roald Dahl children's book) stars Johnny as the mysterious candy magnate Willie Wonka, who releases a handful of golden tickets to enable a group of children (and their parents) to see his magical factory for the first time ever – and to find an heir to his empire. Johnny delivers his own fanciful version of the character, adding in a new look, backstory and characterization that enabled his updated Wonka to stand on his own as another one of his wonderfully kooky inventions.

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