Christopher Walken Has Never Owned a Cell Phone or Computer

"Sometimes on a movie they'll give me a cell phone, but it's more so that they can find me … like a tracking collar."

Christopher Walken film screening
Christopher Walken attends a screening of "Heaven’s Gate" in Paris on June 23, 2019.
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Christopher Walken was a guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last night, appearing via Zoom as all the show’s guests are these days due to the ongoing pandemic, though he quickly revealed that someone had to help him set it up because he’s a bit of a Luddite.

Colbert asked the actor if the rumor that he has never owned a computer or a cell phone is true. “Yes, somebody had to come and set this up because I don’t have a cell phone or a computer,” Walken responded, explaining that he’s not “morally, philosophically [or] emotionally opposed” to it, adding, “I just got to it too late.”

“I think I’m right at a certain age where it just passed me by,” the 77-year-old said. “And I never got involved in it because it would be strange to have any 10-year-old be much better at it than I am.”

Walken also revealed that he’s never sent an email or a text message to anyone, though he admitted he’s used a cell phone on occasion for work before. “Sometimes on a movie they’ll give me a cell phone, but it’s more so that they can find me … like a tracking collar,” he explained. “If I want to use it, someone has to dial it for me, that kind of thing.”

You can watch Walken’s full conversation with Colbert below.

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