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Thursday 18 September 2014

Walken annoyed by quirky typecast

Christopher Walken would like less 'quirky' roles

Christopher Walken has confessed he gets annoyed when characters he has signed up for are given a quirky twist - a process he calls "Walkenising".

The 69-year-old actor - whose many roles have included a Bond villain in A View To A Kill, the headless horseman in Sleepy Hollow and dancing in Fatboy Slim's Weapons Of Choice video - told The Guardian "I'm a regular guy".

Walken revealed: "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."

In his latest film A Late Quartet, he plays a cellist who is diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.

He admitted it was a welcome change.

"Yes, it was different for me," he said. "I don't usually get to play fathers or grandfathers or uncles. Now that I'm older, maybe I can play people closer to myself. I'd like that."

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