Christopher Walken

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Christopher Walken talks about his acting career—he starred in such films as “The Deer Hunter,” “Annie Hall,” “Biloxi Blues,” and “Catch Me If You Can,” among others. He explains how he approaches his craft and discusses his return to Broadway in Martin McDonagh’s black comedy “A Behanding in Spokane.”


Christopher Walken

Comments [20]

Jim from Astoria from New Windsor, NY

To Diane from Intervale,
The answer is "true". I grew up in Astoria in the '50s. The Walken bakery was on 30th Street and Broadway and my family bought fresh goods from them regularly. I played stickball in the alleyway behind the bakery and the bakers would put out racks of fresh jelly doughnuts which would diminish in number, slightly. Yes, Chris's (Ron is his real name) achievements were shown to us all.

Mar. 28 2010 10:30 AM
Bob from Manhattan

Christopher Walken should do a short radio play with his pals on your show when you vacationing!

Mar. 27 2010 05:08 PM

He was fantastic in Behanding... and I especially love that he shares the stage with Sam Rockwell. I think they are cut from the same cloth. Check out this video of Rockwell talking about the craft of acting:

Mar. 26 2010 11:40 AM

It was a great interview. Really felt like I got to know him. I love his answer for why to do Spike Jonze video - it's like "why not?". He's great - and Leonard brought it out! guest host indeed!

Mar. 25 2010 12:59 PM
Mike C. from Tribeca

Fun interview, but gotta have more cowbell.

Mar. 25 2010 12:45 PM
William from Manhattan

Christopher Walken would be a wonderful guest host! Brilliant idea, Leonard. Hope you can make it happen. BTW, one of the best interviews ever.

Mar. 25 2010 12:45 PM
Amy from Manhattan

Interesting story about how they made it look like Mr. Walken was missing a hand onstage. I would've thought the costumers would make his sleeve longer on that side & cut the shirts & jackets to compensate & make them look balanced. (I'm thinking of how Boris Karloff's sleeves were cut short to make his arms look longer in "Frankenstein.")

Mar. 25 2010 12:42 PM
Gabriel from Hudson, NY

I got a fever, and the only prescription is more

Please do ask him to host.

Mar. 25 2010 12:42 PM
Drew from Rockland County, New York

Last night the audience was laughing throughout the entire hour and a half. Walken was tremendous and with Rockwell next to him, we out there in the dark could hardly keep laughing quiet enough to hear the lines. The part Mr. Walken is referring to I think, was a sort of stand down between the two characters that was so dark and outrageous we thought Sam Rockwell was about to break out of character. He held on and it was fantastic!

Mar. 25 2010 12:41 PM
Mary from NYC

He has John Travolta in Hairspray - and their duet at the end is just lovely -- you really see how sweeet he is on her and how beautiful Chris Walken thinks his wife is...

Mar. 25 2010 12:39 PM
john from office

The Deer Hunter is a great movie, rent it, buy it. Deniro and Mr. Walken were outstanding.

Mar. 25 2010 12:36 PM
Derek from Oyster Bay,New york

When will you be back on SNL? Big Fan..

Mar. 25 2010 12:30 PM
CK from NJ

'Who Am I This Time?' was an American Playhouse production in the early 80s (with Susan Sarandon)--it was the first time I'd seen either of these 2 wonderful actors, and it was fabulous.

Mar. 25 2010 12:29 PM
Mike from Manhattan

Needs more cowbell!

Mar. 25 2010 12:28 PM
Betty Anne from UES

His movie "The Maiden Heist" is a wonderful film and available on Netflix. It's all about a guard and his love of a painting.

Mar. 25 2010 12:26 PM
MG from NYC

A small correction, some people in Ireland do say "ye's" when they are addressing several people at the same time.

Great to hear Christopher Walken. He was wonderful in a play that was televised on PBS years ago called "Who Am I Now?" and I've been a fan ever since.

Does he still dance, or practice regularly to stay limber?

Mar. 25 2010 12:18 PM
Chuck Jacobs from Midtown

You rock! Love you!

Mar. 25 2010 12:12 PM
William from williamxburg

Awesome Artist!! a hero, an inspiration-- and I miss the Walken Bakery on Broadway in Astoria.

Mar. 25 2010 12:09 PM
Betty Anne from UES

Can you ask him if he will be in the Hairspray sequel?

And has he ever considered playing Don Quixote?

Mar. 25 2010 12:09 PM
Diane from Intervale NH

Would Mr. Walken be able to confirm this?

I attended college with someone who had grown up in Mr. Walken's neighborhood in Queens. My friend told me that Mr. Walken's parents owned a bakery and, as the actor went from role to role, his proud parents would hang posters in the windows of the bakery to alert friends of his progress.

Is this true?

(I've been a fan for years, by the way). Thanks.

Mar. 25 2010 11:36 AM

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