By Robert Schnakenberg
The entire consultant To All issues Walken
He’s been a dancer, a baker, a lion tamer, an award-winning actor, and a Hollywood legend. yet Christopher Walken hasn't ever been the topic of a finished biographical reference—until now.
right here finally is an entire A-to-Z advisor to this distinctive performer, that includes entries on every little thing from the Actors Studio (the mythical theatrical workshop the place Walken spent 11 years as a janitor) to Zombie videos (one of Walken’s favourite movie genres). alongside the best way, readers will discover:
• appearing secrets and techniques and behind-the-scenes trivialities from every one of Walken’s a hundred+ films—everything
from Annie corridor to Hairspray and beyond.
• Recipes and kitchen advice from “Chef Walken”—including a glance at his short-lived television show,
Cooking with Chris.
• Walken’s tune movies for Madonna, Duran Duran, and Fatboy Slim.
• The secrets and techniques of preserving his striking hair.
• Observations and memories from Steven Spielberg, Quentin Tarantino, Tim Burton,
Woody Allen, Dennis Hopper, and numerous others.
Plus more strange B videos and Saturday evening reside appearances than you could shake a cowbell at! entire with attention-grabbing trivialities and dozens of pictures, Christopher Walken A to Z offers the definitive examine a popular culture phenomenon.
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Even though he won't play himself, Walken appears to athletes for notion and claims Muhammad Ali as one among his heroes. “I’m very drawn to athletes,” he has acknowledged. i locate I constantly study anything approximately performing whilst I watch them. It has to do with the point of interest in their minds—control, you recognize. the belief of getting to do what you do inside of a really small interval of time—and getting ready your self for that second. And being rather a lot up to the mark that thought of it vanishes. One simply does it. level instructions certainly one of Walken’s puppy peeves in a script is the over the top use of degree instructions. “I’ve learn scripts the place the level instructions have been like an operator’s guide like in the event you purchase a bathing desktop. I don’t examine them. I don’t pay any realization to whatever however the discussion. If a line comes with the path ‘wistfully’ or ‘angrily,’ it makes me are looking to do the other. ” STAND-UP COMEDY Walken has admitted the assumption of acting comedy on degree is “kind of a myth of mine. ” you'll merely desire that, like his dream of a cooking convey, this delusion will sooner or later turn into a fact. “I imagine i'll do it, truly. it may well virtually be funnier, simply because humans wouldn’t anticipate it. yet i feel i'll do this. a kind of Rodney Dangerfield factor. ” superstar WARS: EPISODE II—ATTACK OF THE CLONES in the summertime of 2000, rumors started to stream on the net that Walken could play an evil Sith Lord named Darth Bane within the then-forthcoming superstar Wars epic assault of the Clones. The whispers originated with an misguided put up on Harry Knowles’s Ain’t It Cool information web site. At one element even Walken himself began to wonder if the tale was once actual. “I even asked,” he stated. “I stated probably i'm in it and they’re saving it for a shock. yet I’m no longer in that motion picture and that i by no means was once. I don’t know the way that occurred. ” THE STEPFORD other halves no longer content material with showing in of the main accursed big-budget bombs of all time (see Gigli and Heaven’s Gate, respectively), Walken went for the trifecta with this ill-starred comedy remake of a 1975 horror motion picture, loosely in line with Ira Levin’s 1972 novel. He performs Mike Wellington, the de facto burgermeister of a tweedy Connecticut city the place the entire ladies were changed through cheery, bodacious, eerily effective robots—much to the satisfaction in their trollish husbands. Surrounding Walken—and probably looking for the lifestyles rafts from the hole frame—were such finished actors as Matthew Broderick, Glenn shut, Bette Midler, and Nicole Kidman. apart from the film’s normal awfulness, there are aesthetic oddities worthy noting. Walken wears his hair styled in a way that conjures up a late-model Jerry Stiller and, at the least for a component of the movie, a corset. “I wore the girdle for a couple of days and it was once fine,” he advised Conan O’Brien, “but then they stated the girdle doesn’t subject, you could take it off, so I did for a number of days, yet I felt i wanted it, so I placed it again on and that i wore it in the course of the entire motion picture, and it was once form of my personality. ” The Stepford better halves used to be pilloried within the press from the instant taking pictures began, with rumors abounding of anxiety at the set and swiftly ordered rewrites to screenwriter Paul Rudnick’s already dreadful script.