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Last week I watched Who Am I This Time?, a made-for-TV movie starring Christopher Walken and Susan Sarandon. This movie is perfect for anyone who ever saw Christopher Walken playing a homicidal lunatic in any of his millions of homicidal lunatic roles and thought, "You know what? I need to see this guy playing a romantic lead."

In this movie, instead of playing a serial killer, Christopher Walken plays an extremely shy hardware store clerk-slash-thespian who Susan Sarandon manages to seduce through the THEATAH! And who is probably a serial killer.

It was actually pretty terrifying. I kept thinking, "Give up now, Susan Sarandon! He is going to snap at any moment and go loco!" It's not even just because he's Christopher Walken, it's because the character shows no personality at any point in the film, except that which he's gleaned from his leading-man roles¹. So he's Cyrano de Bergerac, he's Stanley Kowalski, he's Jack "Ernest" Worthing but underneath it all, we have no idea who he is or what his motivations are, and he's probably just psychotic.

I hope I'm not giving too much away by telling you that in the end, Susan Sarandon wins the hand of the creep-o actor by convincing him that although he can't express himself in his own words, he can just recite lines from plays to her for the rest of their natural lives. Now I like quoting things as much as the next man², but if I actually knew someone who could only speak in quotes from plays, I think that would seriously interfere with our efforts to communicate. I'm going to have to put that on my list of deal-breakers.

Anyway, I highly recommend watching the film if you can get your hands on it. It is a huge delightful trainwreck of strangeness.

srah - Wednesday, 9 January 2008 - 12:27 PM
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Comments (13)

gravatar J - January 9, 2008 - 1:53 PM -

Did you ever see Brainstorm? He's not a homicidal lunatic in that one, but rather a scientist. Although admittedly he still kinda seems like he's filled with rage.

gravatar srah - January 9, 2008 - 2:04 PM -

He wasn't insane in Hairspray either, unless being in love with John Travolta is insane... wait...

gravatar tiff - January 9, 2008 - 2:31 PM -

but in Hairspray, I always thought he just might lose it.

Typecast or not, the dude is nuts.

gravatar Jess - January 9, 2008 - 2:49 PM -

I had no idea that Susan Sarandon was ever in a made-for-TV movie. What was she thinking?

gravatar katelin - January 9, 2008 - 5:17 PM -

Hmmm sounds interesting. May have to check it out.

Does Christopher dance in it? Because then I'll definitely watch it, haha.

gravatar srah - January 9, 2008 - 5:43 PM -

Nope, don't recall any dancing. But you do get to see him playing a lot of different roles-within-a-role.

gravatar nico - January 9, 2008 - 7:03 PM -

Dude, very rarely can someone make me literally LOL in the real world with just a blog post, so kudos to you on that.

I have now queued this movie for download. It was very difficult to find, so that means it HAS to be worth it!

gravatar Cherri - January 9, 2008 - 7:40 PM -

I don't know, I think the weirdest role I've seen Christopher Walken in is when he played the father in Sarah, Plain and Tall. It's far too normal!

gravatar srah - January 9, 2008 - 7:42 PM -

I forgot about that one! I'm so glad you brought it up. That's another one I've always cited as Christopher Walken pretending to be normal. Little Serial Killer on the Prairie!

gravatar Elisabeth - January 10, 2008 - 1:44 AM -

This got me to check out his IMDB page. The man has quite a resume. Every few seconds I say, "He was in GIGLI?? He was on Hawaii Five-O??"

gravatar Chelsea Talks Smack - January 10, 2008 - 4:58 AM -

Word. I just love Christopher Walken. And anyone who can do an impression of him.

gravatar aunt pam - January 10, 2008 - 5:54 AM -

If you want to see Christopher Walken dance, watch "Blast from the Past".

gravatar srah - January 10, 2008 - 7:22 AM -

Hey, who wants to see something sort of weird and disturbing? It has clips from Blast from the Past and Who Am I This Time?, among other things.

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