Christopher Walken

I was thinking about Christopher Walken today. Apparently, when the guy gets a script he takes his part and re-reads the entire thing. He scribbles all over the script inserting pauses, changing intonation so that he’s left with a script that intonation-wise is completely alien to the first version. He’s fascinated with changing phrases, sentences, so that the audience looks at language differently. The famous Shakespearean line might be rendered:

“To… be or… not to be, that IS the… question.”

He’s forever making the audience hear language, and therefore the world, a little bit differently. Interesting, really. If you don’t believe me, have a listen:


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