There is no doubt that Christopher Walken is one of the more eccentric actors in Hollywood today. His most recent stunt may well have cemented that status. In the first episode of the series of the BBC series the outlawsthe 78-year-old actor painted over an original painting by Banksy as part of the story.
The anonymous artist had painted one of his signature rats on the set of the drama, while it was filming in his hometown of Bristol. The rat has been painted over by Christopher Walken during the last episode.
A spokesperson for the show said: “We can confirm that the artwork at the end of the outlaws was an original Banksy, and that Christopher Walken painted over that artwork while filming this scene and eventually destroyed it.”
the outlaws follows a group of underage criminals who are forced to perform community service. Walken plays one of those criminals. The series is written and directed by Stephen Merchant.
In the final episode, Walken’s character reveals a Banksy rat on the building they are refurbishing. After asking his parole officer Diane (Jessica Gunning) if he should paint about the rat. The probation officer, distracted and unaware that the rat was painted by Banksy, instructs him to remove all graffiti.
Walken has had an illustrious career playing many eccentric roles, although more people remember him from his time Saturday Night Live where he played fake music, Bruce Dickinson then produced any other part. To this day, he is still asked if he wants more cowbell wherever he goes.
Banksy is the pseudonym for a British-based street performer, political activist and film director, whose real name and identity remain unconfirmed and the subject of speculation. Active since the 1990s, his satirical street art and subversive epigrams combine dark humor with graffiti executed in a definitive stencil technique. His works of political and social commentary have appeared on streets, walls and bridges around the world. Banksy’s work grew out of Bristol’s underground scene, where artists and musicians collaborated. Banksy says he was inspired by 3D, a graffiti artist and founding member of the music group Massive Attack.
Banksy displays his art on publicly visible surfaces such as walls and self-built physical props. Banksy no longer sells photos or reproductions of his street graffiti, but his public “installations” are regularly resold, often even removing the wall they are painted on. A small number of Banksy’s works are sold officially, privately, through a Banksy-founded agency called Pest Control. Banksy’s Documentary, Exit through the gift shop, released in 2010, made its debut at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. In January 2011, it was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature for the Film. In 2014, he was named Person of the Year at the 2014 Webby Awards.
the outlaws also stars Rhianne Barreto, Gamba Cole, Darren Boyd, Clare Perkins, Eleanor Tomlinson, Dolly Wells and Ian McElhinney. The show was renewed for a second series in January of this year. It is available for streaming on BBC iPlayer. This story came from NME.