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Christopher Walken Meets His Match

Radio producer Jeff Hoover

Radio producer Jeff Hoover

Friday, March 5, 2010 17:02 GMT

CHICAGO (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – To accurately impersonate Christopher Walken, one must walk the walk, talk the talk, and wear a gorilla suit.

That worked for Chicago man Jeff Hoover, who just won the “Christopher Walken impression contest” held to promote the iconic actor’s new stage play, A Behanding In Spokane.

Walken wannabes were asked to recite a short speech from Walken’s play where he’s making an awkward phone call to his mother.

Hoover made his video submission while wearing a gorilla costume and thick glasses so he’d “stand out.” He admittedly doesn’t have “the best Walken voice,” but thinks his weird costume secured the win.

Hoover believes a solid Walken impression must have the same “creep factor” and quirkiness the actor is known for.

It’s crucial to nail Walken’s run-on speech pattern, which seems to lack punctuation marks. Sudden pauses and a few dance moves should also add authenticity.