Christopher Walken found himself in a peculiar situation as the beloved actor painted over a real piece of Banksy street art in Bristol, England, while filming a TV show, BBC reported.
The elusive and renegade street artist had infiltrated the set of Walken’s new BBC series ‘The Outlaws’, filmed in the town where Banksy is believed to be from, and spray-painted one of his iconic rats on set. Walken had apparently painted on it while filming an episode, the BBC reported.
“We can confirm that the artwork at the end of The Outlaws was an original Banksy, and that Christopher Walken painted this artwork while filming this scene, ultimately destroying it,” a doorman said. talk of the show. the New York Times.
Walken, whose character Frank, is one of seven offenders working in a community service program, CNN reported.
In the final scene of the most recent episode, the group of lawbreakers are painting over graffiti in the area when Walken’s character finds the stenciled rat and the word “BANKSY” written over it and painted on it.
It remains unclear if the Banksy piece was put on purpose by the artist without the knowledge of the cast and crew, or if the artist was in the gag of a scripted scene.
Banksy’s art is worth millions at auction.
‘The Outlaws’ is a BBC drama written, directed and starring Stephen Merchant, co-creator of British comedy series ‘The Office’ and ‘Extras’.