Christopher Walken's Bedtime Stories

Thursday February 22, 2018 Written by Ronan

Christopher Walken may be one of the oddest oddballs to have ever made it in Hollywood. His acting style can be described as "Southern preacher meets Italian Mafiosi", and he has a habit of delivering even the most run-of-the-mill dialogue with the jagged pacing of a sputtering jalopy. Despite this (or maybe because of it), he’s managed to star in over 100 mainstream films. Collectively, they've grossed over $100 billion. That’s more money than some countries’ GDPs.

One particularly bizarre footnote to his Academy Award-winning career is this 1993 appearance on British TV, in which Walken reads The Three Little Pigs to a studio audience. We have no idea why either.

The performance ratchets Walken’s deadpan levels up to 11, but it’s clear he’s making fun of himself. He peppers the text with menacing inflexions and frustrated asides, ("How can you knock on a straw door?" he asks at one point), and even abridges the text when he gets frustrated with the pacing (“Exit Pig 1… Pig 2; same story”).

It’s not exactly one for the kids. But we’re thoroughly entertained.