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."