Christopher Walken Doesn’t have to Walk



Around 9:30 a.m. on 19 November 2013, two men identified by the Gothamist (New York City) as Sergio P. and Ash K., both age 38, saw actor Christopher Walken, who won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in 1978 for his role in The Deer Hunter, unsuccessfully looking for a taxi on New York City’s Upper West Side. Therefore, they offered him a ride. Sergio P. stated, “He said he was hailing a cab. Wasn’t weirded out [by the situation], but did look at us both and [got] into the car. We were really nice and told him we were fans and would be honored to give him a lift. [He was] totally cool with it.” Sergio P. added, “I have never picked up anyone. Not an actor or a random person.” Mr. Walken said, “I don’t want you guys to go out of your way. I am going straight downtown and you can leave me anywhere.” The two men drove him several blocks to the W. 40s. Sergio P. said, “Since we were in NY, he knew the area well but couldn’t believe how much things had changed. Also told us he was born in Astoria Hospital, because my son went to St. John’s High School. We talked about neighborhoods in NY and acting — he gave [Ash] advice on acting.” He added, “We had time to talk because there was traffic but it was moving. When we stopped at his destination he didn’t immediately get out. Finished the conversation and got out a few minutes after.”

For Further Information: Ben Yakas, “Christopher Walken ‘Wasn’t Weirded Out’ When Fans Gave Him Ride Across City.” Gothamist. 1 December 2013

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