There is no doubt that Christopher Walken is one of the most eccentric actors in Hollywood today. His most recent move may well have cemented that status. In the series a final episode of the BBC series The outlaws, the 78-year-old actor painted an original painting of Banksy as part of the story.
The anonymous artist had painted one of his iconic rats on the set of the drama, while filming in his hometown of Bristol. The rat was painted by Christophe Walken during the last episode.
A spokesperson for the exhibition said: “We can confirm that the artwork at the end of The outlaws was an original Banksy, and which Christopher Walken painted over this piece of art while filming this scene, ultimately destroying it. “
The outlaws follows a group of juvenile criminals as they are forced to serve community service. Walken plays one of those criminals. The series was written and directed by Stephen Merchant.
In the last episode, the character of Walken discovers a Banksy rat on the building they are renovating. After asking his probation officer Diane (Jessica Gunning) if he should paint on the rat. The probation officer, who is distracted and doesn’t know the rat is painted by Banksy, tells him that all graffiti needs to be removed.
Walken has had an illustrious career playing many eccentric roles, although more people remember him since his time on Saturday Night Live where he played fake music to produce Bruce Dickinson than any other role. To this day he is always asked if he wants more cowbells everywhere he goes.
Banksy is the pseudonym of an England-based street artist, political activist and 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 black humor and 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, which involved collaborations between artists and musicians. Banksy says he was inspired by 3D, a graffiti artist and founding member of the musical group Massive Attack.
Banksy displays his art on surfaces visible to the public such as walls and self-built physical props. Banksy no longer sells photographs or reproductions of his street graffiti, but his public “installations” are regularly resold, often even removing the wall on which they were painted. A small number of Banksy’s works are officially, non-public, sold through an agency created by Banksy called Pest Control. Banksy’s documentary film, Exit through the gift shop, released in 2010, debuted at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. In January 2011, it was nominated for an Oscar for Best Feature Documentary for the film. In 2014, he was named Personality 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 to stream on BBC iPlayer. This story comes from NME.
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Christopher Walken destroyed Banksy’s original art for outlaws