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Currently playing a one-handed killer in Martin McDonagh’s black comedy A BEHANDING IN SPOKANE on Broadway, Christopher Walken spoke the other day about a certain Vincent Price film that he would like to see turned into a musical. Read on for the info!
The New York Post interviewed the actor, who recalled the time when veteran stage actress Beatrice Little told him he could be an actor. Walken was doing Noel Coward’s musical HIGH SPIRITS at the time. “She threw a Samuel French copy of HAMLET at me one day and said, ‘Read it,’ ” he tells the Post. “I played Hamlet three times. I was lousy. I played Richard II once and people came backstage and said, ‘Loved your Hamlet.’ ” The subject of bad Shakespeare got Walken talking about his dream project: a musical version of 1973’s THEATER OF BLOOD, in which Vincent Price played Edward Lionheart—a maligned Shakespearean actor who murders the critics who disparaged him. “It would make a great musical,” he says.
Sounds like a good idea to us, and a great vehicle for the star of THE DEAD ZONE, THE PROPHECY, SLEEPY HOLLOW (pictured above) and others. To be or not to be, that is the question. Well, we hope it’s to be!
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