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The Man Who Inspired A Million Imitators

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Christopher Walken, cinema’s craziest mofo, turns 72 today. To celebrate the man whose imitators include Kevin Spacey, Ryan Reynolds and you after a few drinks, let’s salute the finest, weirdest work from the master of mirthful menace.

Pulp Fiction (1994)

The big-haired one’s monologue about a watch worn up his ass ranks as the high point of a film that comprises pretty much only classic moments. As chrono aficionados, we just have one question: what brand was it?

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The Dead Zone (1983)

This Stephen King adaptation has Walken as a mild-mannered teacher put into a coma for five years by a car crash. Upon awakening, he discovers he can see into people’s souls, which is a bummer when he realises Martin Sheen’s populist politician is destined to destroy the world.

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The Deer Hunter (1978)

Walken won the Academy Award for his insanely intense portrait of a soldier whose mind is destroyed by his experiences in the Vietnam War. The Russian Roulette scene remains unbearably tense and tragic. Do not try this at home.

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The King Of New York (1993)

This gangster flick is up there with Goodfellas for all-round 1990s awesomeness. Walken is Frank White, recently freed from prison, and determined to rub out/take over all criminal competition in New York City. Supports include Laurence Fishburne, Wesley Snipes and Steve Buscemi.

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At Close Range (1986)

Another crim kingpin role – this time Walken is a mid-western thug who’s not above corrupting his own sons… and bumping them off. It’s his most cold-blooded role – and that’s saying something. Top support, too, from Sean and Chris Penn, both sporting bouffants of Walken-like magnificence.

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And here’s 10 celebs doing their best Walken Talkin’.

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