Walkens Welcome
Walkens Welcome
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At 70 years old and with a filmography as lustrous as his peculiarly bouffant hair, Christopher Walken has become one of my favourite actors. The Hollywood grandee is often picky with the scripts he opts for, and seems to have spent his whole life in Tinseltown creating memorable and menacing characters in a long list of violent affairs from The Deer Hunter to Pulp Fiction.


But he does have his sensitive side; as seen in one of his most recent offerings, A Late Quartet – a wonderful movie with a stellar supporting cast that includes the late, great Philip Seymour Hoffman and Catherine Keener – where he finally got to play a regular guy: a classical cellist diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. And even then, he still looked menacing.


Walken is back, though, to his menacing best again this week, in one of his rare forays into TV drama, in Turks & Caicos, the second part of playwright David Hare’s modern-day spy trilogy for BBC Two. It’s the follow-up to the first film, Page Eight, with Walken starring alongside Bill Nighy, who gets to reprise his role as the grumpy and disenchanted veteran MI5 agent Johnny Worricker.


And just as the sign on Lake Union says, Walkens Welcome!


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