I just watched the movie Suicide Kings, which was pretty lacking overall, but at least had an interesting Walken character. After a quick glance at Walken’s IMDB list, two things struck me:
He does not seem very picky about the movies he appears in.
Even if he’s in a good movie, his role usually isn’t the lead.
What would you say are Walken’s finest and most memorable moments in his movie career? I loved his effort in the 1985 Bond movie A view to kill. The movie was tame, but Walken really stood out. Max Zorin is still my favorite Bond villain.
I’d have to say his scene with Dennis Hopper in True Romance is a career highlight, as is his monologue in Pulp Fiction (both written by Quentin Tarantino). Fatboy Slim’s “Weapon of Choice” music video (directed by Spike Jonze) and the now-famous Saturday Night Live “More Cowbell” sketch have to be comedic highlights. His small but memorable role in Woody Allen’s Annie Hall (his first major role, if I’m not mistaken) is pretty well-loved, as well.
Okay, can anybody else remember the bit on Inside the Actors Studio when James Lipton is describing when he and Walken and somebody else were walking in a dangerous part of Manhattan and were accosted by a bunch of Black street toughs. The leader of the gang came right up to Walken, got up in his face and said something like, “Damn, man. You are the coolest White dude on the planet.”
Also, no mention of Walken is complete without paying tribute to the guys who do such great impressions of him: Kevin Spacey, Kevin Pollak, and others.
Yeah, can’t forget Jay Mohr! But that’s interesting that Spacey and Pollak both do such great Walken impressions. Can you imagine how much fun The Usual Suspects might have been if those two, Stephen Baldwin, Benecio Del Toro, and Gabriel Byrne read ALL their lines Walken-style?