You’d flinch too

if Christopher Walken did all his scenes with you after eating three cloves of garlic every morning.

This is how Walken manages to make his fellow actors so tense around him that on screen he appears to exude palpable menace, at least according to an anecdote related by Rupert Everett in a radio interview to promote Rupert’s new book (which I will probably read, because I’m a big fan of drollery, and the man is delightfully droll). Rupert is in Sydney to “ride in a big car with a gay cowboy”, as he described the official duties of Parade Marshal for the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras on Saturday night.

I don’t know whether to be delighted at the cleverness of Walken’s garlic trick or be disapointed that the menacing aura isn’t quite as real as it looks. Either way, it gives me an excuse to post this YouTube of Walken dancing in Fat Boy Slim’s video of Weapons of Choice. If you haven’t seen it yet (where have you been?) check it out.

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4 replies

  1. Well that was weird. Sorta how I’d imagine the Wintersmith appeared when ordering sausages at the inn – its a Pratchet thing.

  2. It’s a pretty fabulous thing, isn’t it? There’s a couple of other clips floating around of him doing good ol’song’n’dance man stuff. I’ll have to post them some time.
    I’ve yet to catch up with Wintersmith.

  3. I’m a huge fan of Fat Boy Slim. I cringed at Dylan Moran’s takedown of Funk Soul Brother– possibly his worst ever track, but inexplicably played to death on music video.

  4. My favourite menacing Walken role was his turn as the demented pest exterminator in Mouse Hunt.

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