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Weapon Of Choice (2000) - Fatboy Slim-All About the Song…

Fatboy Slim video for the song "Weapon Of Choice": how did on-screen villain Christopher Walken turn out to be in it? Christopher Walken's most famous dance!

History of the song "Weapon Of Choice" (2000)

Let's take a break from music and talk about a more "light" and fun phenomenon, such as clips! Hundreds, maybe thousands of music videos can easily qualify for an Oscar! But among the multimillion-dollar variety there is one clip that conquered all the world charts twenty years ago ... We are now talking about "Weapon Of Choice" by Norman Cook, better known as Fatboy Slim.

Clip frame!
Clip frame!

Background of the "Weapon Of Choice" video

It is this clip that deserves the attention of the general public. And there are 2 reasons for this! Firstly, it was directed by Spike Jonze - the same one whose genius belongs to the undoubtedly chic, albeit very strange film "Being John Malkovich" (1999).

And secondly, the main and, in fact, the only role in the video was played by the main screen villain of the late twentieth century, Christopher Walken! When "Weapon Of Choice" went on the air, many wondered: how did Norman Cook manage to attract such a popular movie star to cooperate? And not just to attract, but also to make you dance and do various choreographic tricks! Then many decided that this whole story has its own mystery ...

Fatboy Slim
Fatboy Slim

But in fact, "the casket just opened." For clarity of the picture, it is enough to delve into the biography of Walken. Despite the popularity, success and participation in famous films such as "The Deer Hunter" and "Dogs of War", Christopher could never realize his rich potential, express his passion for ... Actually, more on that later.

Real success hit him with the release of The Dead Zone, a film adaptation of the famous novel by Stephen King. The tape was followed by the dark roles of "ambiguous" or absolutely negative characters ... Of the brightest such heroes of Walken, one can recall the "Hessian horseman" from "Sleepy Hollow" and the insane gangster Hickey from "The Lone Hero". It is worth noting that in addition to “Weapon Of Choice”, the actor also starred in other videos, for example, in “Bad Girl” by Madonna. But even there his character was not the most pleasant ...

And so we return to the question: so what did Christopher Walken have a passion for, and why did he not have the opportunity to show off his potential? It would seem that it is so strange to hear from an actor ... Alas, ah. Even in his youth, our hero performed in musical revues, and at the acting school he was the best in the class in tap dancing! Walken's big dream was a role in a musical, where he could finally perform a couple of dance numbers ... Unfortunately, on the set, his choreographic abilities were not actually required.

Walken managed to “get closer” to dancing only in two projects: in the noir musical “Penny from the Sky”, and in the film “Blast from the Past”. But all these were not the main roles that every self-respecting actor so aspires to ...

Shot from the film "Blast from the Past" (1999)
Frame from the film "Blast from the Past" (1999)

And now Fatboy Slim offered him a role in the video. We can say that Cook fulfilled Walken's long-standing dream! Of course, the actor did not even have to be persuaded to implement it. So - there is no mystery in the "Weapon Of Choice" video. Well, except for the stunning success ...

Release and achievements

As a result, the video for "Weapon Of Choice" brought Norman Cook (DJ Fatboy Slim) 6 (!!!) awards at the MTV Video Awards!

Shortly after airing, the video was recognized as the best directorial and camera work of the year! The video won awards for best editing and design, and (to Walken's unspeakable happiness) for best choreography! Throughout the video, the actor dances in an empty hall ... It turned out very noir, in the style of Christopher Walken!

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