Actor Christopher Walken has something not many Hollywood stars can claim -- mainstream notoriety and a cult following. In the world of movies, you're typically one or the other. Because of Walken's unusual speaking voice and cadence, he's become an icon that can take a small part in a little-known movie and turn it into a funny and memorable performance. Walken's appearances on the late-night sketch comedy show "Saturday Night Live" have become the stuff of legend, and his catch-phrase from one of those skits, "I need more cow-bell," is now part of the American pop-lexicon.
Add to this the fact that Walken can appear menacing and terrifying with his ghostly looks and imposing frame, and what you get is ripe for a hysterical phony Twitter account. The problem is, Twitter shut down what had become its most popular fake account. An outcry from fans of Walken and comedy everywhere soon followed. Since then, several new Walken fakes have turned up, but the original remains in shut-down mode. The outcry has made Twitter take notice, but there's no word yet on whether the popular account will be reinstated.
Here are some examples of the cryptic messages that were posted on the fake Christopher Walken account:
- "The neighbor's cat is back at the window looking in at me. I wonder how he would describe this to other cats. If he wanted to, I mean."
- "There's a kid on a Pogo stick in front of my house. It's nearly midnight so let's assume he's been drinking. This should end well for him."
- "I claim to be frightened of horses but do so only to get out of attending parades. It's peculiar but has served me well. The horses get it."
- "I spent $40.00 on a bag of food for a dog that eats extension cords. That's still probably cheaper than a bag of extension cords I suppose."
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- "Chuck Norris." Imdb.com. 2009.http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001569/
- "Hey there! chucknorris_ is using Twitter." Twitter.com. 2009. http://twitter.com/chucknorris_
- "Hey there! darthvader is using Twitter." Twitter.com. 2009. http://twitter.com/darthvader
- "Hey there! michael_bay is using Twitter." Twitter.com. 2009. http://twitter.com/michael_bay
- "Hey there! StephenColbert is using Twitter." Twitter.com. 2009. http://twitter.com/StephenColbert
- "Michael Bay." Imdb.com. 2009.http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000881/
- "The Colbert Report." Imdb.com. 2009. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0458254/awards
- "Transformers." Boxofficemojo.com. 2009. http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=transformers06.htm
- McGiboney, Michelle. "Twitter's Tweet Smell of Success." Nielson.com. March 18, 2009.http://blog.nielsen.com/nielsenwire/online_mobile/twitters-tweet-smell-of-success/
- Paul, Ian. "15 Fake and Funny Twitter Accounts." Pcworld.com. Feb. 15, 2009. http://www.pcworld.com/article/159492/15_fake_and_funny_twitter_accounts.html
- Popkin, Helen A.S. "On Twitter, you're nobody unless you're fake." Msnbc.com. April 6, 2009.http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/30032294/
- Russo, Maria. "Twitterers Demand: More 'Fake Walken'!" Thewrap.com. April 1, 2009.http://www.thewrap.com/ind-column/2188
- Wortham, Jenna. "@DarthVader? 11 Fake Twitterers Ripe for a Takedown." Wired.com, Aug. 27, 2008.http://blog.wired.com/underwire/2008/08/top-twitterers.html
- Xan Brooks. "Ewan McGregor twitchy over fake Twitter site." Guardian.co.uk. March 9, 2009.http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2009/mar/09/ewan-mcgregor-fake-twitter-feed
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