Last weekend I went to go see Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book. I had been looking forward to the release for months because of my love for Disney’s animated classic. After seeing the movie, I was beyond pleased. The visual effects were wonderful, and well…I felt like I was in the jungle. The script combined the classic Jungle Book tale we know and love, with masterful acting and emotion.
With all of that said, there was one character that made me tilt my head to the side. That character was King Louie played by Christopher Walken.
I have to give extreme praise for the presence of a cowbell at the beginning of his scene…”I gotta have more cowbell!” However, I wasn’t quite ready for a gangster version of King Louie. Don’t get me wrong, I adore Christopher Walken as an actor. He’s brilliant, and I know Jon Favreau agrees. How do I know? Because King Louie was really King Christopher Walken. The big name actor stayed true to his memorable personality while in gigantopithecus form!
Bleeding Cool’s very own Patrick Dane interviewed Jon Favreau on choosing Christopher Walken to play the role. Here’s what he said:
“When I put all that together, I started thinking ‘Who could it be?’ and there was only one name, and that was Christopher Walken, who could bring that level of threat, but also quirkiness and uniqueness and having a recognizable voice which was part of the tradition of the old ‘67 animated film.”
Yes, I definitely agree with the uniqueness factor. I can guarantee that you’ll be thinking about this version of King Louie for a while. It was quite funny for the most part, until he started to sing. “I wanna be like you,” is a core Disney song classic, and well…they should have left it that way. I think it would have been more effective to remove the song from the live action music because it isn’t a musical. Maybe my opinion stems from my feelings about the classic song, but I’ll leave it up to you!
Listen to the original below and don’t miss out on The Jungle Book which is now playing in theaters.