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Christopher Walken on Taking on a Different Type of Role in "Wedding Crashers"

Walken on Playing a Dad, Working with Vince Vaughn, and the Intimidation Factor


Christopher Walken on Taking on a Different Type of Role in

Christopher Walken in "Wedding Crashers"

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Christopher Walken on "Wedding Crashers" Inspiring Real Wedding Crashers: “You know, I guess that would be great. I think that weddings have probably been crashed since the beginning of time. Cavemen crashed them. You go to meet girls. It makes sense.”

It may make sense, but Walken says he’s never personally crashed one. “I've never crashed a wedding. When I was a kid I, of course, used to crash parties. Crashing a wedding is difficult though because you have to have the suit, and you have to have information in case someone catches you. You have to know at least some names and something.”

Working with Vince Vaughn: “That was great. That was one of the great things. You take jobs to be with good actors and the director was terrific. Also for me it was different because I play a lot of villains and in this one I play a dad and I play a good guy, basically. He's the Secretary of the Treasury. I never had a job like that. I got to play one of our nation’s leaders. They don't usually ask me to do that. “

On the Set with Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson: “They are funny and also they're funny together. They're a very good team. I wouldn't be surprised if they made more movies together. They have a kind of Bob Hope and Bing Crosby thing going on.”

Reminding the Public and Hollywood He Can Do Things Other Than Play the Bad Guy: “Yeah, that was a great thing, to be cast in this. When you're an actor, you do a lot of the same kind of thing. It's great when someone gets you to do something that's a little surprising.“

Christopher Walken on Why People Impersonate His Voice: “I don't know. I come from a certain part of New York. Queens. And the truth is that that's the way that people talk there.” Walken can’t recall exactly when he figured out that impersonating him had become a staple for comedians. “I don't remember exactly when it happened, but I do remember at some point people started doing that. It's nice. For me, it's nice.”

True or False - Christopher Walken Once Tamed Lions: Walken confirms the story is true. “When I was a kid I joined the circus. I did that. It is true. But it's not like you think. There was a guy, he had his own circus. His name was Carol Jacobs and he owned it. It was a small thing. I joined that one summer and he had an idea that he wanted to have an act where his son would come on dressed just like him. But he didn't have any kids. So I went and did it. I didn't get paid, but I did it because it was such an interesting thing. I had an identical outfit as him with the hat and everything. At the end, when he was finished with his lions, they'd all leave and they'd let in this one, her name was Sheba and [she was] really more like a dog. She was a very nice lion. Old, not too many teeth and very nice. I mean, you could pet this thing. It'd rub up against your legs and she'd get on his box. But it wasn't anything like you think. It wasn't dangerous.”

Tails versus the Ability to Fly: Surreal as it may sound, Christopher Walken and Jay Mohr once had a conversation about which would be the better to have – the ability to fly or a tail. “I remember that. I was talking to him and I said how great it would be if actors had a tail because I have animals and a tail is so expressive. On a cat you can tell everything. You can tell if they're annoyed. You can tell whether they're scared. They bush their tail. If I was an actor and I had to play scared in a movie, all I'd have to do is bush my tail. I think that if actors had tails it would change everything.”

The Intimidation Factor: “…I think that sometimes when they see me in a movie they expect me to be something nasty. I mean, I play a lot of villains and you show up and they think maybe... That's why it's good to defy expectations sometimes. I think that it'd be interesting for me to play something really different like, you know, like what was that show? 'Father Knows Best.' I'd have sons and they come to me and say, 'Dad, what do you think we should do?' I'd say, 'Well, son,' and I'd have a pipe and say, 'Just try and do the right thing.' That would be a good part. Or if I played a psychiatrist, maybe. I'd like to play a psychiatrist.”

Christopher Walken on His Next Project – “Romance and Cigarettes:” “It's got great actors in it. John Turturro wrote and directed it. I haven't seen it, but it's a musical movie. There's dancing and music.

In my case it's almost like a karaoke thing. I do a Tom Jones song, but it's his voice. I'm lip-syncing to 'Delilah.' The song that I did in 'Pennies From Heaven' was a great song, but most people never heard it before. 'Delilah' is very famous.”

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