Christopher Walken joins Clint Eastwood's Jersey Boys movie
Story by Jack Foley
CHRISTOPHER Walken is to play Angelo “Gyp” DeCarl in Clint Eastwood’s film adaptation of hit musical Jersey Boys.
DeCarlo was the real-life mobster who took Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons under his wing. He was also a member of the New York Genovese crime family.
The role will enable Walken, 70, to combine his ability for playing menacing roles in films such as True Romance and King of New York with his passion for dancing. The actor is also a trained dancer and starred in West Side Story before becoming an actor, as well as – more recently – the Fatboy Slim video for Weapon of Choice.
In stage form, Jersey Boys is a “jukebox musical” that charts the origins of vocal harmony group The Four Seasons and features songs such as Walk Like A Man and Can’t Take My Eyes Off You. It has proved a hit both on Broadway and in the West End, winning multiple Olivier and Tony awards.
However, attempts to adapt it into a film have proved tricky thus far. A previous attempt involving Jon Favreau was scrapped and the project looked to be in limbo until Eastwood decided to take it on after his own desire to make A Star Is Born with Beyonce collapsed.
Eastwood is mostly keen to cast stage actors in the main roles and, according to Variety, is lining up John Lloyd Young, Erich Bergen and Michael Lomenda, all of whom have appeared in stage productions of Jersey Boys.
Boardwalk Empire star Vincent Piazza is also in the running to play Valli’s foil, Tommy DeVito.
Shooting on the movie is due to commence in September.
Walken most recently appeared alongside Al Pacino in ensemble comedy-drama Stand Up Guys