UPDATE: NYT has posted its Q & A with Walken coming this Sunday in its magazine.
Earlier: Christopher Walken is getting raves for his performance in new film "7 Psychopaths," --but he plays a typical over-the-top Walken character. To me, a more interesting departure is this: As some may know, I am a late-blooming Beethoven freak, even co-wrote a new book about him (and his global impact), and maintain a blog, Roll Over, Beethoven. Now there's a new movie, A Late Quartet, opening tomorrow, which portrays a string quartet with one member needing to retire due to Parkinson's--this is, surprise, Christopher Walken in a wonderful, restrained, award-worthy performance. (He even gets to softly utter a trademark "wowwww.") Catherine Keener plays another member, and then there's Philip Seymour Hoffman.
From the trailer (below) it seems it climaxes with them playing the greatest string music ever: Beethoven's opus 131, written when he was fully deaf. Here's favorable NYT review coming tomorrow.
Friday, November 9, 2012
Christopher Walken Meets...Beethoven
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