Christopher Walken has enjoyed a Hollywood career that most actors could only dream of. The 78-year-old has won Academy Awards and been featured in some of the biggest blockbusters ever, including a Best Supporting Actor nod for the 1978 Robert De Niro film The Deer Hunter.
There’s one role that Walking is glad he didn’t get. Walken revealed that he auditioned for Star Wars along with about 500 other actors. The actor said that other actors who auditioned for the role of Han Solo included Al Pacino, Burt Reynolds, and Sylvester Stallone.
Christopher Walken recently talked to the Financial Times about this and other potential roles. He said he didn’t think he was a good fit for the part as the look didn’t suit him.
“I don’t look good in spandex holding a Ray gun.”
Walken was happy to miss out on the role of a lifetime because he didn’t want to wear spandex and play with a ray gun. Harrison Ford probably disagrees with Walken’s assessment of the role.
Christopher Walken is eccentric, but he must be on to something when it comes to the roles he’s chosen throughout his career. His movies have banked a combined $4.4 million box office gross.
Walken’s highest grossing film is 2016’s The Jungle Book, which raked in $953,554,418 worldwide. Idris Elba, Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, and Scarlett Johansson also provided voice talent for the film.
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