Hey, Chris. Do you know what this post needs? More cowbell.
“I had no idea [the cowbell skit would be funny]. It follows me around very much so — too much. [I’m not sick of it], I just feel like it gets in the way once in awhile.”
–Christopher Walken, Source: Moviefone
A comedy bit in a 2000 appearance on Saturday Night Live took on a life of it’s own and, over a decade later, strangers still see Christopher Walken and shout at him, demanding “more cowbell.” Yeah, I’m sure that never gets old.
What else has Christopher Walken done? He once played a super villain in a James Bond film, A View To A Kill. He single-handedly made the movie The Dead Zone not only watchable but memorable, elevating the material with his performance. And he can dance and he’s got style.
One of his most memorable roles was in The Deer Hunter. To appear gaunt for the final scenes, he reportedly ate nothing but water, bananas and rice for an entire week. That’s dedication. And, after Abyss Island, I can honestly say I know exactly how that feels.
Other notable performances include portrayals of very different fathers in At Close Range and Around the Bend.
He was also once considered for the role of Han Solo in the original Star Wars fim. Wow. What kind of bizarro universe would that have been?
Here’s today’s Ode from the Abyss to Christopher Walken.