The video is one of the best music videos in history. If you don't agree, you are banned from AND Magazine for life.
Secondly, while we considered going on about how wonderful Mr. Walken is (which we'll surely do soon,) we thought, "you already know how wonderful Mr. Cowbell is." But what many of you may not have known was that Walken became the subject of a hoax controversy in 2006 when a fake website started in August of that year by members of internet forum Genmay.com announced that he was running for President of the United States. Some believed it was authentic, until Walken's publicist dismissed the claims.
When asked about the hoax in a September 2006 interview with Conan O'Brien, Walken said he was amused; and when asked to come up with a campaign slogan, he replied, "What the Heck?" and "No More Zoos!" The site, Walken2008.com
, remains online.
However, the "Walken for President" web sites were nothing more than hoaxes, as the actor's publicist noted:
A claim that Walken had launched a campaign for the White House caused a stir as it made the Internet rounds in recent days, fueled by a sophisticated website (www.walken2008.com) that lists a campaign platform, testimonials and bits of purported Walken wisdom intended to carry him far with voters in red and blue states.
Only, it's all a joke.
"The person who put this together was just trying it as a hoax, I presume," said Mara Buxbaum, Walken's publicist. "My take on it is it sounds like the person who put this on the Web took his role in 'Wedding Crashers' too seriously and now wants him to run for the presidency."
A spokesman for New Line Cinema, which released the film, said the website is not part of any publicity campaign by its marketing department. The movie already has grossed hundreds of millions and doesn't appear to need extra help at the box office, he added.
Although the campaign is fake, there's a certain Ross Perot quality to the website that lends it an air of authenticity.