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Tim Burton May Be Autistic

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Nov 16, 2005 | 11:33am EST

Tim Burton may have a form of autism, according to his long-term partner Helena Bonham Carter.

Bonham Carter recently filmed a TV movie in which she plays the real life mother of four autistic children and during her research she recognized character traits the director shares with kids with Asperger's Syndrome—of which the main symptom is an above average intelligence but less developed social and communication skills

She explains, "Tim will kill me, but while making this drama I realized he actually has a bit off Asperger's in him. You start recognizing the signs.

"We were watching a documentary about autism and he said that's how he felt as a child. They (autistic people) have application and dedication. You can say something to Tim when he's working and he doesn't hear you.

"But that quality also makes him a fantastic father; he has an amazing sense of humor and imagination. He sees things other people don't see. Billy is enchanted by him."

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