Christopher Walken was asked on "CBS This Morning" why he often plays unusual, eccentric characters. He said it stems from his early days in Hollywood:
"My early time in the movies had to do with 'Annie Hall' and 'The Deer Hunter,' and both times I was troubled and suicidal," he said. "I think that movies are so expensive that if you do something that works a little bit, you know, whether you're the leading man or best friend or the funny guy or the villain, that you might get asked to do that again."
He doesn't mind if he's asked to repeat himself. "I think that actors who work are lucky," he replied.