October 14, 2012 9:18 PM

With new films, actor Christopher Walken walks back from edge of self-parody

A few years ago, that national treasure known as Christopher Walken was fast becoming a punch line. He might be a beloved icon of cool, but “icon” in his case was becoming “baggage.” He’s an Oscar winner, an actor’s actor. And that was becoming a memory. So Walken, now 69, had to “step back from all that.”

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