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Christopher Walken Quotes


An Academy Award-winning American stage and screen actor.
(1943 - )

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Acting has to do with saying it as if you meant it, so for me the words are always very important. It's very important for me to know my lines, know them so well that I don't have to think about them.
 

Also for me it was different because I play a lot of villains and in this one I play a dad and I play a good guy, basically. He's the Secretary of the Treasury. I never had a job like that.
 

Also, I think there are huge reactions sometimes, which are also mysterious.
 

An actor really is a kind of intermediary between an audience and the piece, whether it's a play or movie.
 

And I think that when I play these villains, maybe what is different is that the audience sees me play these and they know that that's Chris and he's having fun and he knows that and he knows that and you know that and everybody knows that.
 

As an actor you become that lighting rod between the person who made the play and the audience.
 

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

Everybody has to be a little lucky, I think.
 

I don't carry lucky charms, but I believe in those things.
 

I live sort of in the country and I like that. It's very quiet, it's beautiful.
 

I remember that. I was talking to him and I said how great it would be if actors had a tail because I have animals and a tail is so expressive. On a cat you can tell everything. You can tell if they're annoyed. You can tell whether they're scared.
[Annoyed]
 

I think early on I knew what I was going to do and it was based a lot on familiarity but it was also because I didn't have a lot of skills. There was nothing I wanted t be. I didn't want to be a doctor. I wanted to be in show business.
 

I think if you do something effectively whether you're the lover or the comic or the action guy or the villain like I play; movies are very expensive to make. Chances are you'll get asked to play that part again.
[Action]
 

I think that if I had grown up and had been in show business and the movies twenty five, thirty years earlier, I think I would have made a lot more musical movies.
 

I think that sometimes when they see me in a movie they expect me to be something nasty. I mean, I play a lot of villains and you show up and they think maybe... That's why it's good to defy expectations sometimes.
 

I think that weddings have probably been crashed since the beginning of time. Cavemen crashed them. You go to meet girls. It makes sense.
 

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

I'd love to do a character with a wife, a nice little house, a couple of kids, a dog, maybe a bit of singing, and no guns and no killing, but nobody offers me those kind of parts.
 

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

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.
 


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