Tim Burton may be autistic - according to his long-term partner Helena Bonham Carter. The 'Charlie and the Chocolate' director has some of the symptoms of Asperger's syndrome - a form of autism - because he is highly intelligent but lacks in social skills, according to the actress. Helena, who has acted in four of her partner's films, recently starred in a TV movie in which she plays the mother of four autistic children. During her research, the star recognised character traits Tim shares with kids with Asperger's Syndrome, telling Britain's Evening Standard newspaper: "Tim will kill me, but while making this drama I realised he actually has a bit off Asperger's in him. You start recognising the signs"We were watching a documentary about autism and he said that's how he felt as a child. 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 humour and imagination. He sees things other people don't see"

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