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Walken Quotes By Christopher Walken

For me, in movies, it's always a mixed bag. I've never made a movie where I thought, "You were really good in that movie; you were good all the time." No. It's always, "You didn't get it, you didn't do it in that scene, but the other scene is pretty good." So I just hope that in balance there's more good scenes than not. — Christopher Walken

Walken Quotes By John Travolta

Christopher Walken was probably the most experienced dancing partner I've had in movies, because he has the same background as I do. He's from theatre, Broadway and off-Broadway, and we both shared that. — John Travolta

Walken Quotes By Christopher Walken

Some people can do things and get away with it. Comics are famously like that. Why is it that some guys can say the most horrible things and it's not offensive, it's funny? — Christopher Walken

Walken Quotes By Christopher Walken

I was never a child actor. I was a child performer. — Christopher Walken

Walken Quotes By Christopher Walken

There are people who are able to plan their career, their future, but I've never had any talent for that. I just do things and hope for the best. Say yes, take a chance, and sometimes it's terrific and sometimes it's not. — Christopher Walken

Walken Quotes By Christopher Walken

I don't know why people eat so badly. I could eat pasta all the time, but it really is fattening. And I love ice cream, but I can't do that. There was a time, until I was in my mid-forties, when I could eat a whole pizza - and really, no effect. — Christopher Walken

Walken Quotes By Christopher Walken

I come from a part of New York that was almost entirely immigrants. I was born in America, but all of my friends' parents, everybody's parents, including my own, had come to America from Europe. — Christopher Walken

Walken Quotes By Christopher Walken

When videotape came so a lot of movies that I do have a kind of afterlife in video. Things where movies that I do would come and go; they still come and go but you can go rent them and see them on TV. — Christopher Walken

Walken Quotes By Christopher Walken

I make movies that nobody will see. I've made movies that even I have never seen. — Christopher Walken

Walken Quotes By Brian Jay Jones

Lucas had narrowed his lead threesome down to two competing groups: in one was Walken, Will Seltzer, and Terri Nunn, a trio Lucas described as "a little more serious, a little more realistic"; in the other, Ford, Hamill, and Fisher, a group Lucas called "a little more fun, more goofy. — Brian Jay Jones

Walken Quotes By Cole Hauser

I grew up watching Marlon Brando, Christopher Walken, Robert de Niro, and Al Pacino and even Robert Duvall and was impressed by their caliber of work. — Cole Hauser

Walken Quotes By Christopher Walken

It's very bizarre though when you get hired and then the director will say, "I know how this goes." And you're thinking, "Wait a minute, I thought that I was doing this" but basically what they really want, especially if they wrote it, is they want you to do it as they imagined it. It's virtually impossible. — Christopher Walken

Walken Quotes By Christopher Walken

Guns make me very nervous. They're dangerous. I'm more of a pacifist than anyone could imagine. — Christopher Walken

Walken Quotes By Christopher Walken

I don't have kids. Maybe that's kept me young. I have a wife for almost 50 years and she looks after me a little bit like I was seven years-old. — Christopher Walken

Walken Quotes By Quentin Tarantino

And there's wordplay and there's rhythms and you have to be able to get the poetry out of it. You have to be able to sell my jokes. And if you're talking about somebody like Sam Jackson, they do that. Sam Jackson can do that. Sam Jackson can turn it into the spoken word that it was always meant to be and he can sell my jokes. And Christopher Walken can do it and a lot of people can do it, all right. — Quentin Tarantino

Walken Quotes By Christopher Walken

I don't like flying at the best of times. And as I get older, I like it less and less. I don't much like driving, either. I prefer to be driven. And, when I'm in London, I don't even like walking on the street. I can never get used to looking the right way when I cross the street. — Christopher Walken

Walken Quotes By Christopher Walken

Movies are terrifically optimistic enterprises. — Christopher Walken

Walken Quotes By Christopher Walken

I became an actor by accident. I suppose I figured since I was in musical comedy from the time I was a teenager, I suppose I figured that I'd always been in that world to some extent. — Christopher Walken

Walken Quotes By Christopher Walken

I remember from when I use to be a dancer, there is an expression among dancers, I had a T-shirt that said: SHUT UP AND DANCE. — Christopher Walken

Walken Quotes By Christopher Walken

There are certain directors where you know you're going to be good or you're not going to be there. There are people where you kind of know that if you miss the mark then it'll probably not be in the movie and that's very reassuring. — Christopher Walken

Walken Quotes By Christopher Walken

I have always refused to do something that has offended me. I have been offered potential roles that are totally vulgar. — Christopher Walken

Walken Quotes By Christopher Walken

In England, and all over Europe, and all over the world, actors act until they die. They get old, really old, and they're still working. They just keep doing it. — Christopher Walken

Walken Quotes By Christopher Walken

I've been very fortunate, because I've been involved in things that very often lead to obscurity. I was in some pictures that were not successful whatsoever. I think people admire persistence. People notice that I'm still there. — Christopher Walken

Walken Quotes By Christopher Walken

The last time I did a movie that needed a horse, I said: 'If it moves, I'm out of here.' The worst thing is, they know when you're afraid and act up accordingly. I've had them run off on me. Horses I do not like. — Christopher Walken

Walken Quotes By Christopher Walken

I like to go to work, and also, I don't have any kids. I don't have any hobbies. I don't like to travel. So going to work is kind of it. — Christopher Walken

Walken Quotes By Christopher Walken

I became an actor by accident. — Christopher Walken

Walken Quotes By Christopher Walken

I've been to Chicago a lot - it's one of my favorite places. My wife is from Chicago, and I worked in the theater there a lot. — Christopher Walken

Walken Quotes By Christopher Walken

My background is in musical comedy. I didn't know I was going to be an actor. But all my points of reference have to do with musical comedy and in being kind of a showoff. — Christopher Walken

Walken Quotes By Christopher Walken

I do like to work. Some jobs are better than others. That's the thing: You really don't know. I've enjoyed making movies for lots of different reasons. Sometimes, it was the other people. Sometimes, it was the fact that I was really good in it. Sometimes, it was the location. Sometimes, it was the paycheck. — Christopher Walken

Walken Quotes By Christopher Walken

I've always been a character actor, although I'm not quite sure what that means. All my scripts are absolutely covered in notes, so any time I say anything - even 'pass the salt' - I have six subtexts, comments on what I really mean when I'm saying that. Maybe that's what gives the impression that I'm saying one thing and thinking something else. — Christopher Walken

Walken Quotes By Christopher Walken

The thing about cooking is it's so interesting to watch. I don't know why, but if you go to somebody's house and they're making something, they usually say interesting things while they're cooking. — Christopher Walken

Walken Quotes By Christopher Walken

I tend to play mostly villains and twisted people. Unsavory guys. I think it's my face, the way I look. — Christopher Walken

Walken Quotes By Christopher Walken

You never forget how to dance. It's just a matter of your bones working and things like that. — Christopher Walken

Walken Quotes By Christopher Walken

I think all men when they get older, they look at the mirror and they probably see their father a little bit. — Christopher Walken

Walken Quotes By Susan Sarandon

We were friends with Jonathan Demme. We were all down on the West Side of New York, and I think I met Kurt [Vonnegut] through Edith [Demme]. And then I was lucky to do Who Am I This Time? [1982], which was an adaptation of his short story that Jonathan Demme directed with Chris Walken and I, and that really cemented the friendship. — Susan Sarandon

Walken Quotes By Christopher Walken

Is typecasting really a problem? — Christopher Walken

Walken Quotes By Christopher Walken

In the theater you rehearse in order to do the performance. And in the movies the rehearsal and the performance are kind of the same thing. You're figuring it out and hopefully the camera is pointed at you when you're doing it. — Christopher Walken

Walken Quotes By Christopher Walken

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. — Christopher Walken

Walken Quotes By Christopher Walken

It's not necessarily how many minutes you're on screen, it's the material you have. It's more important what it is you have to do than the amount of time you're there. — Christopher Walken

Walken Quotes By Christopher Walken

My father was a lesson. He had his own bakery, and it was closed one day a week, but he would go anyway. He did it because he really loved his bakery. It wasn't a job. — Christopher Walken

Walken Quotes By Ryohgo Narita

The top has no limits. We can keep on climbing. That's what people do. No
That's what I do. — Ryohgo Narita

Walken Quotes By Christopher Walken

There's something dangerous about what's funny. Jarring and disconcerting. There is a connection between funny and scary. — Christopher Walken

Walken Quotes By Anthony Michael Hall

There are people who do De Niro and Walken impersonations. — Anthony Michael Hall

Walken Quotes By Christopher Walken

If you're an actor, a hard thing is to stick around, to stay viable. I try to do that by taking the opportunity to do something different every once in awhile. — Christopher Walken

Walken Quotes By Jeremy Luke

All I'm going to say is that I worked with Christopher Walken the other day. I can cross him and working with Clint Eastwood off my bucket list! — Jeremy Luke

Walken Quotes By Kenneth Oppel

I'm glad being shipwrecked appeals to you."
"Captain Walken made a point of avoiding that word."
"Well, he was trying to keep everyone jolly, wasn't he. It's no good having everyone running around screaming and eating each other."
"I wouldn't run around screaming," she said. "I can see eating someone in a pinch, though. If it really came down to it, I mean."
"I don't doubt it."
"Come on, Matt Cruse, don't you find it just a bit exciting, being here?"
"No."
She looked at me as if I'd suggested we stop breathing for a few hours. — Kenneth Oppel

Walken Quotes By Christopher Walken

Because if I don't know my lines, I really don't know what I'm doing. — Christopher Walken

Walken Quotes By Christopher Walken

I've never crashed a wedding. When I was a kid I, of course, used to crash parties. Crashing a wedding is difficult though because you have to have the suit, and you have to have information in case someone catches you. You have to know at least some names and something. — Christopher Walken

Walken Quotes By Christopher Walken

I have been in movies that I thought I wasn't very good in. — Christopher Walken

Walken Quotes By Christopher Walken

Early on, I played one or two disturbed people, and I guess I must have been good at it, because it stuck. But, you know, I'm a regular guy. I stay home a lot, I make an effort to keep a distance from the whole social thing, the openings, the parties. I try to live in a calm way. — Christopher Walken

Walken Quotes By Christopher Walken

At its best, life is completely unpredictable. — Christopher Walken

Walken Quotes By Christopher Walken

Too many young actors are strutting about and doing films without having developed some of the depth you need to bring off certain kinds of roles. I think that's the problem with the system, where a lot of younger actors who haven't had a chance to develop suddenly become stars. — Christopher Walken

Walken Quotes By Christopher Walken

I feel like you are this or that because other people say so. I wouldn't know how to play a psychopath. I don't think about it that way. You think about playing the scene but if the other people say that guy is crazy, then you are. — Christopher Walken

Walken Quotes By Christopher Walken

I like to stand in my kitchen with the script on a counter that's about chest high. Usually I do something else at the same time - make a chicken or slice vegetables - and all day long I just read it over and over and over. — Christopher Walken

Walken Quotes By David Lambert

I actually really like Christopher Walken. I find him a really interesting actor. He's such a character that I love everything he's in. — David Lambert

Walken Quotes By Christopher Walken

When I was a kid I joined the circus. I did that. It is true. But it's not like you think. There was a guy, he had his own circus. His name was Carol Jacobs and he owned it. It was a small thing. — Christopher Walken

Walken Quotes By Christopher Walken

I used to be prettier than I am, but I think I look better now. I was a pretty boy. Particularly in my early movies. I don't like looking at them so much. There's a sort of pretty thing about me. — Christopher Walken

Walken Quotes By Christopher Walken

I've made movies that we're very successful that we're a complete surprise, and I've made movies that I thought we're going to be very successful that, you know. — Christopher Walken

Walken Quotes By Ryohgo Narita

Hmm? It's sort of a hunch ... I just knew when I saw your eyes ... I can't come up with cool words to describe it. Well. To put it simply ... '
After deliberating, he finally said the words that are likely to come from the wizards in a fairy-tale.
'I can do anything. — Ryohgo Narita

Walken Quotes By Josh Lucas

No, well, my father's definitely not Christopher Walken. — Josh Lucas

Walken Quotes By Christopher Walken

It's true in most movies I don't use my own voice. — Christopher Walken

Walken Quotes By Christopher Walken

I'm scared of everything. I think it's only sensible to be that way. — Christopher Walken

Walken Quotes By Christopher Walken

A good actor is like a racehorse or a Ferrari. If a cylinder is missing on a Chevy, it's doesn't matter that much. But if something's not working right on a Ferrari, it makes a big difference. It's the three percent that makes the difference between good and great. It's a fine line. If you're not there, it's very painful. — Christopher Walken

Walken Quotes By Christopher Walken

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. — Christopher Walken

Walken Quotes By Christopher Walken

In rehearsal you have a good accident that you can repeat.In the movies if you have a good accident you hope the camera's running. — Christopher Walken

Walken Quotes By Christopher Walken

I come from a show-business family, so wanting to become an actor never crossed my mind. It was just a part of my life. — Christopher Walken

Walken Quotes By Christopher Walken

In the end, there's still the Word, everywhere ... In Heaven and it's Angels, the Earth and Stars, even in the darkest part of the Human Soul It was there where it burned brightest. And for a moment, I was blinded ... — Christopher Walken

Walken Quotes By Christopher Walken

It's what actors call a big, juicy part, when you're a leading man. I don't get a lot of those. I get a lot of supporting things. — Christopher Walken

Walken Quotes By Christopher Walken

Can I confess something? I tell you this as an artist, I think you'll understand. Sometimes when I'm driving on the road at night I see two headlights coming toward me. Fast. I have this sudden impulse to turn the wheel quickly, head-on into the oncoming car. I can anticipate the explosion. The sound of shattering glass. The flames rising out of the flowing gasoline. — Christopher Walken

Walken Quotes By Christopher Walken

Growing up in New York is like living in a horror museum because there are so many strange people walking the streets and riding the subways. You learn to develop a tough front if you live here, just in case you get into any kind of trouble and you need to talk your way out of it. — Christopher Walken

Walken Quotes By Christopher Walken

Sometimes things work out, sometimes they don't. I never know how successful a movie is going to be - when you make a movie you're always hoping for the best. — Christopher Walken

Walken Quotes By Christopher Walken

I've made three musical movies which is pretty good considering that not many are made but I was lucky in other ways. I came along when independent movies were starting to boom. — Christopher Walken

Walken Quotes By Christopher Walken

I have made a number of movies that I have never seen. It's not a matter of ego. It's a matter of being disappointed. It's really a shame. It's just as difficult to make a movie that no one cares about as to make a hit. — Christopher Walken

Walken Quotes By Christopher Walken

I don't play lovers. I wish I did. At least once I'd like to have a crack at one of those guys. A heartbreaker. Some people are born to it. I'm not. — Christopher Walken

Walken Quotes By Christopher Walken

A man can be an artist ... in anything, food, whatever. It depends on how good he is at it. Creasey's art is death. He's about to paint his masterpiece. — Christopher Walken

Walken Quotes By Christopher Walken

Laurence Olivier said in an interview once that when he plays a tragedy he always aims for the funny parts, and the other way around. Because in a comedy you look for what's serious. I think that's true. Sometimes things are really funny if you're absolutely earnest. If you're really serious, it's hilarious. — Christopher Walken

Walken Quotes By Christopher Walken

Yeah, well I've always played comedy. My background is musical comedy theatre and that's really where my training is. As an actor, that's my training. — Christopher Walken

Walken Quotes By Christopher Walken

I was born in America but all of my friends' parents, everybody's parents, including my own, had come to America from Europe. Many people in my neighborhood hardly bothered to learn English. — Christopher Walken

Walken Quotes By Christopher Walken

In my personal life I'm very conservative. I've been married to the same person for nearly 50 years, I'm scrupulous about paying bills, avoiding debt. I'm very careful. But as an actor I'm pretty reckless. I've done a lot of things that, when I see myself on screen, I have to shut my eyes. And I've made a whole bunch of movies that nobody sees, including me. — Christopher Walken

Walken Quotes By Christopher Walken

I remember a few years ago I was sitting at home with my wife watching the Oscars. I was sitting on the couch and suddenly heard my voice. It's thrilling. It's interesting that a lot of guys do me. I have a friend who does me on his answering machine so when I call him I talk to myself. I don't really know what that comes from. It doesn't seem to me that I speak in a strange way. My wife says Kevin's (Spacey) the best. — Christopher Walken

Walken Quotes By Christopher Walken

The best thing for me is, when I'm not working, is to be at home and to have a script or two scripts is better, and to be just walking around the house and just thinking about the lines. — Christopher Walken

Walken Quotes By Christopher Walken

Emotional power is maybe the most valuable thing that an actor can have. — Christopher Walken

Walken Quotes By Christopher Walken

I don't need to be made to look evil. I can do that on my own. — Christopher Walken

Walken Quotes By Christopher Walken

I became very critical of zoos and circuses and keeping animals in captivity. I wish it was against the law. — Christopher Walken

Walken Quotes By Christopher Walken

Sometimes a certain innocence is good, but not about yourself. — Christopher Walken

Walken Quotes By Christopher Walken

No, but way before that, I've been doing little dances in movies for years. Yeah, that was an amazing chance. You know, at my age to be able to do a music dance video, very unusual. — Christopher Walken

Walken Quotes By Christopher Walken

I'll tell you, Quentin Tarantino really writes the most amazing dialogue. — Christopher Walken

Walken Quotes By Christopher Walken

When you're onstage and you know you're bombing, that's very, very scary. Because you know you gotta keep going - you're bombing, but you can't stop. — Christopher Walken

Walken Quotes By Christopher Walken

I've made one or two movies that I haven't even seen, because they were never released. I have made things that I never even saw. But I will always go see the movie I'm in. — Christopher Walken

Walken Quotes By Christopher Walken

I try not to worry about things I can't do anything about. — Christopher Walken

Walken Quotes By Christopher Walken

I'm not much of an analyzer or a psychologist. — Christopher Walken

Walken Quotes By Christopher Walken

One thing that's happened to me is I've been around a long time and I've played a lot of villains and so forth. I think it had to do with, well one thing is that I looked younger than I was for a long time. Now I think I'm suddenly starting to play people's father. — Christopher Walken

Walken Quotes By Christopher Walken

I used to love Danish. My father used to make a Boston cream pie. You never see that anymore. — Christopher Walken

Walken Quotes By Christopher Walken

You know, there's nothing you can do about your public image. It is what it is. I just try to do things honestly. I guess honesty is what you would call subjective: if you feel good about what you're doing, yourself, if you figure you're doing the right thing. — Christopher Walken

Walken Quotes By Christopher Walken

Improvising is wonderful. But, the thing is that you cannot improvise unless you know exactly what you're doing. That's a kind of paradoxical thing about improvising. — Christopher Walken

Walken Quotes By Christopher Walken

Usually in the first performances I'm completely panicked. And I pull myself together. By the time you get to the end of the play, you really start to have fun. — Christopher Walken

Walken Quotes By Christopher Walken

I got a fever, and the only prescription is more cowbell. — Christopher Walken

Walken Quotes By Christopher Walken

I wasn't a trained actor, I was trained in musical comedy theater, and when you do that, the audience is completely part of the thing. It's like Elizabethan theater. You play the scene, and then you turn - the audience is part of it. — Christopher Walken

Walken Quotes By Christopher Walken

It's impossible for me to play a part without thinking about the audience. — Christopher Walken

Walken Quotes By Christopher Walken

I'm a character actor. I have to find work in good movies where I can make something of my role. I'm a very lucky guy to be in that kind of position. It's like a kid who dreams of becoming a baseball player and then he gets to play for the Yankees ... — Christopher Walken