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Christopher Walken: 'No matter who I play, it's me'

1 December 2012 4:04 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

He has spent his life creating memorable and menacing characters. The actor tells Sean O'Hagan why he hates horses, loves Hollywood's honesty and won't leave his hotel in London

It was Mickey Rourke who came closest to capturing Christopher Walken's singular aura. "You were always like this strange being from another place," Rourke told Walken when the two came together recently for a feature in Interview magazine. "There was something 'outer space' about you."

Though Walken, now 69, has mellowed somewhat since he first crossed paths with Rourke on Michael Cimino's ill-fated epic, Heaven's Gate, in 1980, that description still seems apt. It's to do with his sense of detachment: the odd mix of preternatural calm and underlying menace that he exudes onscreen. Like the late Dennis Hopper, but in a more understated way, Walken has spent the best part of his career playing extreme characters of one kind or another, »

- Sean O'Hagan

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Paul Schrader To Shoot Bret Easton Ellis’ ‘The Canyons’ This Summer; New Details On The Sexual Thriller

5 March 2012 6:34 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

With writing credits like Taxi Driver and directing credits like The Comfort of Strangers to his name, there seems no better person to make The Canyons, written by Bret Easton Ellis, than Paul Schrader. Easton Ellis, who penned such darkly American tales as Less Than Zero and American Psycho, trades in sex, drugs, and disillusionment. Schrader, meanwhile, loves tales of human evil and the depths of passion and obsession.

Thus we should all let out a small cheer considering the news today, via The Playlist. Turns out that word has come straight from Easton Ellis’s twitter feed (@BretEastonEllis) that shooting on the micro-budget collaboration between him and Schrader is to begin “on July 9th in Los Angeles…”

Casting is still taking place, with five main leads up for grabs during an open casting call going on now. Plot details for The Canyons are scarce for now, but word is »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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