Pin It

Christopher Walken: “With every movie I make, there are some scenes where I’m good, and some where I’m not. With me, it’s always hit and miss”

christopher-walken-a-late-quartetIn my time here at Daily Actor I have written several posts about Christopher Walken interviews.  What I find very funny about them is that in almost every single one Walken insists that he actually is a “regular guy” despite his frequently odd on-screen roles.

In fact, in an interview with The Guardian, Walken attempts to point out just how normal he really is.  He says, “My life is really quite conservative. I’ve been married nearly 50 years. I don’t have hobbies or children. I don’t much care to travel. I’ve never had a big social life. I really just stay home, except when I go to work.  So in that sense I suppose I’m a regular guy.”

One of those “regular” activities that he does at home is watch hours of television, including movies that he stars in.  He explains, “I have one of those satellite things.  On my television. And there are maybe 40 channels of movies. So once a day pretty much every day I’ll surf those. I just go from one movie to another, watching 10 minutes of this, 10 minutes of that. And often there’s something I’m in. And sometimes I’m quite good in it. And I’ll sit and watch.”  He calls the process “very educational,” adding, “With every movie I make, there are some scenes where I’m good, and some where I’m not. With me, it’s always hit and miss.”

However, despite believing that he is hit-and-miss on screen, Walken confesses that he doesn’t like taking strict direction.  He says, “I don’t much like being directed.  I enjoy being allowed to play.  If somebody insists I do something, I have said: ‘Please – don’t insist I do that. I’m telling you, you’re making a mistake.’  It’s very rare, but it happens. It’s just, as they say, the way the cookie crumbles.”

Another thing that Walken frequently mentions is how angry he gets when a script gets rewritten to fit his unique persona once he agrees to the project.  He points out, “Quite often, I’ll be sent a script for a movie.  And I find that I like it, so I say I’ll do it. But then they rewrite it for me. They make it quirky. Odd. I find that rather annoying. I call it Walkenising.”

Yet at the same time, Walken doesn’t believe he has taken a strict path in his own career.  He says, “I never planned my career.  I just decided to work when I could. And you do that knowing sometimes it’ll be good and sometimes it won’t. Temperamentally I’m just that way, and it’s worked out rather well.”

Walken’s prolific career has involved hugely popular movies and forgotten gems, yet there is one role he has yet to tackle that he aspires to.  Years ago a director told him that he would make a great Prospero in Shakespeare’s The Tempest.  Though he has never played the role, he admits, “Every day since I’ve spent a certain amount of time going over that part. Reading the lines. Thinking about them.  No, nobody’s asked me yet. But someday they might.”

It’s a curious admission — one thinks that considering Walken’s fame and his appeal that he would be able to get a production of The Tempest starring him moving.  However, Walken claims he’s never really been able to set up projects on his own.  He explains, “People say you make your own opportunities. I’ve never known how to do that. But I squirrel away my nuts for when it comes. And when it does, well, I’m rather good at seizing it.”

1 Comment

  1. Thomas Murphy via Facebook

    March 26, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    As if we give a damn what this pompous geek has to say…

Leave a Reply

Latest Videos

http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/watch-conversations-with-the-nor.jpg
Watch: Conversations with ‘The Normal Heart’ Actor and ‘The Last Ship’ Director Joe Mantello
Joe Mantello received an Emmy nomination for his performance in HBO’s The Normal Heart, and what makes that particularly extraordinary is that it was Mantello’s first TV role since a 1998 appearance on Law & Order. In fact, besides appearing in the Broadway production of The Normal Heart in 2011, Mantello hasn’t had any other […]
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/watch-bryan-cranston-performs-on.jpg
Watch: Bryan Cranston Performs One-Man Baseball Show in MLB Postseason Commercial
Look, at this point anything Bryan Cranston does is worth talking about, right? He’s proven to be one of the most entertaining actors working right now. Now that he’s conquered the world of television with Breaking Bad — and receiving dozens of awards in the process — and Broadway with All The Way, Cranston can […]
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/watch-david-mamet-in-the-1976-sh.jpg
Watch: David Mamet in the 1976 Short Documentary ‘The Playwright Directs’
Though David Mamet is best known for his distinctive writing style in his scripts for the stage and screen, he has also directed theater and film. The 1976 short documentary titled The Playwright Directs depicts Mamet directing actors through several scenes at an almost frantic pace, dispensing pearls of wisdom throughout, like his thoughts on […]
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/watch-marvels-agents-of-s-h-i-e.jpg
Watch: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 1 Bloopers
Forgetting lines? Corpsing? Delivering lines in Spanish? Unruly props? All in a day’s work on the set of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, apparently. Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, and the rest of the cast find plenty of humor while playing super-serious secret agents in the Marvel Universe. While you’re waiting for season 2 of the series […]
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/audtion-tapes-robin-wright-and-h.jpg
Audition Tapes: Robin Wright and Haley Joel Osment Audition with Tom Hanks for ‘Forrest Gump’
Check out Robin Wright auditioning for the role of Jenny from Forest Gump opposite Tom Hanks. Interestingly enough, Hanks doesn’t quite have Gump’s southern drawl down just yet while the other actors audition with him. In fact, Hanks would base Gump’s voice on the voice of Michael Conner Humphreys, who played the young Forrest and […]