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A struggling screenwriter inadvertently becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his oddball friends kidnap a gangster's beloved dog.PT2M36S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-28k0i 620 349 October 31, 2012
Probably few actors know more about playing psychopaths than Christopher Walken.
So it seems appropriate the 69-year-old New Yorker plays one of the title characters in the black comedy Seven Psychopaths - even though he politely acknowledges he's nothing like any of them.
I've played a lot of strange, twisted people, but in fact my life is very normal.
''I've played a lot of strange, twisted people, but in fact my life is very normal,'' the quirky star says with amusement. ''I've been married for 46 years and I live in a nice house, my grass is always cut, I pay my bills and my cat loves me!''
Gone to the dogs ... Walken in a scene from Seven Psychopaths.
Seven Psychopaths stars Colin Farrell as Marty Faranan, a writer working on a screenplay about psychopaths. Past deadline and desperate, he seeks help for inspiration from best friend Billy (Sam Rockwell). Billy's well-intentioned attempts spiral into danger when he and partner Hans (Walken) introduce Marty to their dognapping business, in which they steal unattended dogs and return them for the reward money.
Things get even worse when they discover they've kidnapped a shih-tzu belonging to a vengeful gangster (Woody Harrelson).
The film reunites writer-director Martin McDonagh, who was nominated for an Oscar for writing In Bruges, with the Golden Globe-winning star of that film, Colin Farrell. McDonagh also worked with Walken and Rockwell when they starred in his Broadway comedy A Behanding in Spokane in 2010.
Marty (Colin Farrell, left), Hans (Christopher Walken, centre) and Billy (Sam Rockwell) in Martin McDonagh's Seven Psychopaths.
''Chris and I spent about six months together doing eight shows a week so by the time we got to this movie, he's like my uncle and I know him really well,'' reflects 43-year-old Rockwell, whose credits include Charlie's Angels, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind and Iron Man 2.
''I have a strange relationship with Chris because he's my hero and this iconic sort of actor god but he's also an actor that takes chances, and that makes him dangerous.''
In person sitting in a Toronto hotel room, there is nothing dangerous about the softly spoken veteran with gravity-defying hair who is best known for films such as Annie Hall (1977), The Deer Hunter ('78), King of New York ('90) and Pulp Fiction ('94). But he also insists it wasn't a stretch to play a psychopathic dognapper. ''If they say you're a psychopath, that's all you need to know; that you're seen by reflection,'' Walken says.
''I was once in a Shakespeare company and had to play a king and I said to one of these old actors, 'I'm a neighbourhood guy from Queens, I know nothing about kings.' He said, 'Don't worry about it, you will be seen by reflection.' He said people think you're a king if you get treated like a king, and I believe that the audience will believe I'm a psychopath if people in the film say I am.''
Critics are singling out Rockwell for his performance in Seven Psychopaths, but he confesses he's still not sure what a psychopath is. ''There's a book called The Psychopath Test that I looked at, but I did not take the test,'' he says.
Another character certain to endear herself to audiences is the shih-tzu dog, Bonnie.
''That dog was fantastic and Walken loved that dog, too,'' Rockwell says.
''We would sit it on the table and it would just stay there on its mark for hours with no yapping at all; it was really weird how well-behaved that dog was!''
Australian actor Abbie Cornish played Marty's long-suffering girlfriend, Kaya, and also got high marks from Rockwell.
''God bless Abbie Cornish,'' he says. ''She's a brave woman to be in this movie and for her to almost do a cameo in terms of size of the role was a testament to how popular McDonagh is, that she blessed us with her presence.
''I've been a fan since she did Candy, with Heath Ledger, and then Bright Star, and it's a tough movie for women, but she showed great strength in the film and was brilliant.''
CRITICAL BUZZ Great cast, good reviews and In Bruges connection should help.
STARS Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson.
DIRECTOR Martin McDonagh.