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Christopher returns to screens tonight in The Outlaws at 9pm on BBC One. The six-part comic crime thriller, written by Stephen Merchant sees seven bickering lawbreakers from vastly different walks of life forced together to begin community payback sentences. However, during their sentence, in which they are required to clean up and renovate a derelict building in Bristol, the group discover a bag of cash.
The seven outlaws, unaware that dangerous people are also after the money, must wrestle with the consequences of choosing to keep the bag.
Christopher, 78, plays an American twinkly eyed small-time crook called Frank, who has moved back in with the daughter he abandoned decades earlier, in the hope of reigniting their relationship.
It is rare that the legendary actor graces the small screen, having made his name in Hollywood classics Pulp Fiction and Catch Me If You Can.
A 35-year-old Christopher’s career propelled to life in 1978 when he won an Oscar for his performance in the Deer Hunter.
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The role made him one of the most sought after actors in Hollywood, while his iconic voice and irregular cadence have contributed to the actor’s massive cult following.
In the run up to the 2008 presidential election, Christopher’s fans were sent into meltdown after a website announced that the actor would be running to become US President.
In August 2005, members of internet forum Genway.com launched fake ‘official campaign site’ walken2008.com.
Another fake website, walkenforpres even had a made-up quote, claiming that the actor thought the country was on a downward trajectory and that Americans needed to focus on what’s most important: “children, people, and the future.”
The quote closed with Christopher’s ‘campaign slogan’: “It is time to get America back on track!”
The internet was thought to have been inspired by Christopher’s role as a Senator with presidential ambitions in ‘Wedding Crashers’.
Blogs soon started to speculate about the prospect of Christopher as President.
Under the headline ‘Dear God, Please Let This Be True’, Sailer Boy said on Fark.com: “He makes such odd and brilliant choices as an actor, maybe he could do the same in the White House.
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“At the very least, we wouldn’t be worse off, right?
“Wikipedia says this is a hoax. I’m gonna keep on believin’ though.”
Outside The Beltway said: “I’m not sure if that devoid-of-policy tripe is actually Walken’s, but it is no less silly than that of most candidates.”
Provocative Planet also said: “Given the current crop of candidates from the shallow pool of intellect, I’d be willing to cast my vote for a man who I KNOW is talented with at least one thing and possibly much much more.
“After all, it’s innovative thinking like THIS that just may be the trick in saving social security.”
The hoax gathered so much traction that Mara Buxbaum, Christopher’s public relations representative, had to confirm that her client was not running in 2008.
His agent also clarified that she did not know where the Christopher Walken for President idea had originated, while New Line Cinema, the distributor for ‘Wedding Crashers’ confirmed that their business had not promoted the campaign.
The person behind the hoax was never revealed, with GoDaddy later confirming that someone had paid for and registered two fake site names without identifying himself.
When asked about the fake presidential campaign in a September 2006 interview with Conan O’Brien, Christopher said he was amused, and when asked to come up with a campaign slogan he replied,“What the Heck” and “No More Zoos!”
Watch The Outlaws at 9pm on BBC One.
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