Christopher Walken's work ethic puts all but the most industrious porn stars to shame. The last time America went a full year without seeing him in a film, it was 1975. So, it's no surprise that sometimes he repeats the same roles.
Blessed as we are with an encyclopedic knowledge of pop culture and freed from the distractions of careers or progressive sexual lifestyles, we've managed to assemble some of the most glaring repetitions and judged which are worth watching.
Fair-haired, power hungry villain named Max (who will die before the end of the movie)
Why he's perfect:
Walken plays villains well and often, in fact, a little too well and too often. How's a director supposed to take any credit if an actor's doing the exact same, brilliant thing he did in his last movie? Luckily, nothing says "auteur's touch" like a big ol' batch of hair dye. Also, a power-hungry villain named Max? Come on, Hollywood. We're surprised Forrest Gump wasn't called "Johnny Historychange Cripplelegs."
Max Shreck in Batman Returns
After 1989's Batman made more money than God, everybody in Hollywood wanted a piece of the sequel. Leave it to Walken to casually stroll in and nab a key role at the last moment. Unfortunately, with Danny DeVito's penguin-monster and Michelle Pfeiffer's S&M-woman causing incredibly confusing dreams for pre-teens everywhere, Walken's turn as an Enron-exec-gone-worse gets a little lost in the background.
Max Zorin in A View To a Kill
We wonder what exactly causes this to be considered the worst Bond film of all time. Is it the sight of Roger Moore using his AARP card to seduce women decades his junior? Or, is it Walken's role as a villainous, steroid-fueled Nazi/KGB super-baby who's trying to corner the microchip market, no part of which we made up? We may never know, but it's hard to fully hate a movie that has Walken participating in this exchange:
(Max and May Day hover over Silicon Valley in their airship)
May Day: Wow! What a view!
Max Zorin: To a KILL!
And the winner is ...
For a good movie, the answer's obvious, but for some good Walken, it's a bit of a toss up. Sure, he's competent in Burton's superhero blockbuster, but for the manic, over-the-top Walken we know and love, his take on a Bond baddie is classic.