March 20, 2014

Here Are Five Seamlessly Edited Minutes of Christopher Walken Dancing Through the Decades

walkenChristopher Walken got kind of a raw deal. How, you ask? Well, the legendary character actor is clearly a song and dance man at heart, yet he has the body and larynx of the wackiest supervillain ever. And a gift for comedy. That's probably the reason it's so fun to watch him dance, but the truth is, no one knows. All we do know is that Walken's dancing, like the Aurora Borealis or a double rainbow, is a true wonder of nature, better experienced than analyzed. So, click through to watch one of humanity's significant achievements, as well as the best reason yet for YouTube to exist.

Walken has made many toe tapping appearances in his five decades in film, and now, because we have the most insanely advanced modern media creation and dissemination technology in history, it's only right that we (specifically Ben Craw and "crew" at Huffington Post Movie Mashups) use it to assemble five minutes of Christopher Walken dancing. Obama should give this video a medal of some sort. Okay, enough of me (here's a complete and chronological list of the dozens of films used in the impressive clip):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNaau2uPFqI

Until 2003, with his appearance in Fatboy Slim's video for "Weapon of Choice," most people only knew Walken as the creepiest actor in Hollywood, a man who makes Zelig-like appearances in the weirdest places:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQ7z57qrZU8

Because of his known fondness for work, Walken has appeared in more movies than the MGM Lion (jokes!), and not all of them are like his turn in Annie Hall (and I can't see this scene, or most of his scenes, working with anyone else):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSRm_X3BLPU

What do you think? What are some of your favorite Christopher Walken moments, dancing or non? Let us know! And bookmark this page for any time you're feeling bummed out about anything. Just a public service from your friendly No Film School.

Link: Huffington Post Movie Mashups -- YouTube Channel

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He was really good in "Pennies from Heaven". The film itself was kind of odd but Gordon Willis's photography was gorgeous and the acting performances from Steve Martin, Bernadette Peters, Jessica Harper, et al. was first rate. Willis won several awards for it too.
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Full Walken number - [ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=raoHt0AD-dQ ] .

March 20, 2014 at 9:06AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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DLD

Yes, totally. Wanted to use a still from that as the cover shot but the dimensions were off and this was serious viral meme internet buzz or whatever, no time for niceties. Thanks for that!

March 21, 2014 at 1:19AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Justin Morrow
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Seemlessly how? Its just rhythmically cut.......

March 20, 2014 at 9:59AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Torben Greve

Haha, well, funnily enough, because I'm neurotic (and care deeply about the English language), I always look up any words whose exact definition I'm not 100% sure of, and even sometimes words, like this, of which I am sure. I'm gonna stand by this. Thanks, though. It's always heartening when people care about word usage in 2014. I could have just used all emoticons! Whatever those are.

via Merriam Webster: \ˈsēm-ləs\, adj.

a : having no awkward transitions, interruptions, or indications of disparity
b : perfect, flawless

March 21, 2014 at 1:13AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Justin Morrow
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"a": ya there were a few.
Still classic though.

March 23, 2014 at 2:15AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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funkydmunky

^ Wait, what???

March 20, 2014 at 11:23AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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markus

I used to work in script development and I heard that if there was dancing in the script that you wanted Walken in you'd increase your chances of him signing on significantly. The man's a hoofer at heart.

March 20, 2014 at 11:48AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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JPS

That's so great. I hope a bunch of screenwriters read your comment and write dance numbers into their specs, so we can get more of this, because as everyone knows Walken will be in a 3rd grade production of Peter Pan if you can pay him; I'm not saying he's been in a ton of bad movies, because he elevates any bad movie he might be in just by dint of his presence. It's a mysterious, alchemical process. No one quite understands it.

March 21, 2014 at 1:17AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Justin Morrow
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Why watch this when you can watch 'Weapon of Choice'?

To not have any cuts from that in the video is criminal

March 20, 2014 at 9:16PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Fresno Bob

Plays one of the best gangsters

March 21, 2014 at 3:04PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Ryan Farner

Ya ,Walken ,he's great. But "insanely advanced modern media creation and dissemination technology in history," ? Are you kidding ? 10 Times the cost & Trouble ,& in the end ,what does it turn out to be ?
TV ..Wow !

March 23, 2014 at 11:23AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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April 18, 2014 at 8:33PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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