It seems there’s a lot we don’t know about Christopher Walken…
He’s been acting for the better part of a century, so you may know the face if not the name.
He’s turned up in Pulp Fiction, The Deer Hunter, Wedding Crashers, Batman Returns, and Wayne’s World 2.
That goes a long way in Hollywood, even if it’s not your “typical” leading man’s style.
Don’t let that fool you, though.
He’s a regular presence on SNL, where he entered the pop-culture lexicon as the “more cowbell” guy.
Fans may know this, but if you’re familiar with his work only casually, you might now realize that he dances a lot in his roles.
While he might not be Tom Cruise, he’s an in-demand actor, so Walken gets what Walken wants.
It’s for Fatboy Slim’s “Weapon of Choice,” and the whole thing is literally Chris Walken dancing in an empty hotel lobby.
So it’s really win-win when we get to see him move because he’s not only good but subverting his super-serious routine we know from films.
But it seems we actually don’t know much about the star…
Let’s countdown through some of the biggest secrets you may not know about the star…
Walken has a super particular way of talking, making him ideal for impersonations.
Well, he believes it comes from learning English from people for whom it was a second language.
“People who speak English where they have to hesitate and think of the right word. And I think it rubbed off,” he explained to CBS News.
Walken reportedly thinks, reads, and even writes in this distinctive speech pattern, too!
But another of his biggest secrets? He never really prepares for a role!
He’s even called learning lines “a tedious, agonizing chore.”
“I really didn’t have any aspirations. I’m lazy – I don’t chase stuff.”
Christopher Walken isn’t actually called Christopher.
And friends and family still call him Ronnie.
Well, it was all because of a Belgian cabaret dancer.
“Ane night … she said, ‘You know, I’m going to call you Christopher.’ And I said, ‘Okay.’ And I just kept it,” he told IndieWire.
Well, it’s all to do with one of Hollywood’s longest-reigning mysteries – the death of actress, Natalie Wood.
And weirdly enough, alongside her husband and the yacht captain, Walken was also on the yacht at the time…
He told People it was “a conversation I won’t have.”
The death has been ruled as accidental, but many questions still remain…
He doesn’t see himself moving into the world of directing after retiring.
“They say you don’t retire from acting, they retire you,” he told The Wrap in 2015. “And I don’t want to be retired because what would I do?”
But the source of his clothing may surprise you.
“Whenever I do a movie, all my clothing is from that movie set. They don’t give me anything. I steal.”
But he actually had a secret friendship with a true Hollywood legend.
In fact, Brando once got in touch with Walken to ask him to film a variety show with him.
Now that, we’d like to see!
Well, he offered a surprising reason that he’s so good at playing bad…
“Growing up in New York was like living in a horror museum because there are so many strange people walking the streets and riding the subways,” he told Games Radar.
But there are some roles he won’t play.
“I have always refused to do something that has offended me. I have been offered potential roles that are totally vulgar,” he revealed to The Independent.
Walken really hates it when roles are written with him in mind.
And he even has a name for this much-despised process – Walkenizing.
But in reality? He has a list of secret phobias that’s incredibly long!
And he dislikes people looking the “wrong way” when they cross the street, and that he doesn’t even like to leave a hotel room when in the UK.
Walken is also afraid of big crowds of people.
There’s one thing Walken is not afraid of – lions.
One of Walken’s teenage jobs was working at the circus as a lion tamer.
“I would come in with my whip and she’d sit up. But she was really more like a dog. She was very sweet. She’d come and bump your leg. Like a house cat,” he explained to Indie Wire.
But there’s another secret talent the star has, too.
But he chooses to give desserts a miss, claiming he overindulged in the sweet stuff in his childhood.
Walken is extremely conscious of his weight, since he spends his life on camera.
Walken eats just 1 single meal a day, at 7 pm.
He was the target of one of the most prolific fake Twitter accounts out there.
But iconic Tweets like, “There’s a kid on a Pogo stick in front of my house. It’s nearly midnight so let’s assume he’s been drinking. This should end well for him,” will go down in history.
Well, Walken has always been extremely anti-technology! Yep, the star has never even owned a cell phone or computer.
“I can see what is happening. That’s the way it is right now, and I don’t think there’s going to be any turning back,” he explained to Men’s Journal.
“You can do all sorts of masochistic things. I never have that temptation.”
Although maybe it’s actually a smart idea?
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