Christopher Walken Says He's Never Owned a Computer or Cell Phone: I 'Got to It Too Late'

Christopher Walken Says He's Never Owned a Computer or Cell Phone: I 'Got to It Too Late'

December 16, 2020

Christopher Walken is living life free from technology.

While appearing virtually on an episode of The Late Show Tuesday, the 77-year-old actor spoke candidly to host Stephen Colbert about his avoidance of modern-day technology.

Asked by the late-night host if it was true that he has "never owned a computer or a cell phone," the Oscar winner — who joined Colbert, 56, via Zoom — confirmed, "Yes, somebody had to come and set this up because I don't have a cellphone or a computer."

The actor then revealed that he is not "morally, philosophically [or] emotionally opposed" to owning technology, and noted, "I just got to it too late."

"I think I'm right at a certain age where it just passed me by," he added. "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 said that cell phones are like watches to him because, "If you need one, somebody else has got it."

"So you've never emailed?" Colbert then questioned The Deer Hunter star. "You've never texted?"

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Walken replied, "No, never."

"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."

During their chat, Colbert also asked Walken, "What is something that people might not expect to find in Christopher Walken's home?"

The answer? Muhammad Ali's boxing trunks. "He inscribed them," Walken revealed, adding that the late boxer also wrote the year 1971 and the phrase, "The real champ," inside.

"When I got them, I had them framed and they've been there ever since," Walken said.

Walken said that he met Ali only once at a movie premiere.

"When it was over, people were kind of standing around and he said to me 'Do you box?' and I said 'No, not at all,' and he said 'Pretty boy,' " Walken recounted. "That was a long time ago."

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