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Christopher Walken: 'I haven't seen all my movies'

Published 14/05/2016

Christopher Walken
Christopher Walken

Christopher Walken can't imagine retiring.

Legendary actor Christopher Walken has never seen some of the movies he has starred in.

The 73-year-old has appeared in some of the most memorable scenes in film history over the past five decades, including his sensational monologue in director Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction and the Russian roulette scene in filmmaker Michael Cimino's The Deer Hunter.

But although many in the know believe he's one of the greatest living actors, Walken doesn't take himself seriously enough to obsess over watching his work, and so when fans come up to him and quote lines from films he was in, he is sometimes left feeling bewildered.

"You never know what people will talk about," he tells Rolling Stone magazine. "I've made so many movies, movies that I've never even seen. It's just as hard to make a movie that doesn't succeed as it is to make one that does. Things just happen a little mysteriously."

Walken landed his first role in a TV series called The Wonderful John Acton in 1953, when he was just 10 years old, so over the years acting has become second nature to him - almost like breathing.

"Well, there's really nothing else I can do," he says. "I've never had hobbies. I don't particularly like to travel, especially going to the airport and flying. I don't have kids. I don't play tennis or golf. I've tried to write and paint and do those things that actors do, but it's just not good enough. The only thing I can do is try to stay healthy and keep going as long as I can."

And asked about retirement, he quips, "I'm not sure that actors retire... Actors are like athletes: you don't retire, you get retired."

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