Christopher Walken will Hook we in ‘Peter Pan Live’

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He won’t grow up.

Peter Pan’s famous diatribe could usually as simply be sung by Captain Hook — or his latest portrayer, Christopher Walken, who’s in his eighth decade though still feels like a kid.

“I’m probably, during most, like 7,” Walken tells a Daily News as he prepares to renovate himself into a storied bandit conflicting Allison Williams in a pretension purpose for NBC’s “Peter Pan Live” on Thursday.

“Captain Hook is me,” says a Queens-born actor, 71.

Allison Williams says she's shaken though vehement to star in a live telecast of 'Peter Pan.'Nino Munoz/NBC Allison Williams says she’s shaken though vehement to star in a live telecast of ‘Peter Pan.’

Seventy-one might not sound like a ideal age for stirring adult effect as a self-professed “greatest knave of all time” — generally in a live promote that combines singing, dancing, nipping adult view and, of course, wearing that famous claw. But Walken is always game.

“I dance a little, we sing a little,” he says. “You know, that’s what we do.”

That what we do, he says. It’s 4 small difference that pronounce volumes about this extravagantly talented, astoundingly quirky, showbiz vet.

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Walken cut his teeth in low-pitched museum as a dancer, though was unfailing to play a villain. He forsaken out of Hofstra University after majoring in English to join a carol line of a 1963 Off Broadway reconstruction of “Best Foot Forward,” starring Liza Minnelli. Just dual years after he showed his dim and uneasy side personification one of a killers in a Sherlock Holmes-inspired low-pitched “Baker Street.”

Offstage and on to a large screen, it didn’t take prolonged for Hollywood to expel him as a oddity with fury issues — even in comedies. He played a suicidal hermit of “Annie Hall” in Woody Allen’s 1977 film, and won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar personification a distraught returning Vietnam oldster in “The Deer Hunter.”

On screen, he’s been a abductor (“Nick of Time”), a secretary-tossing baddie (“Batman Returns”) and a vendetta-filled Sicilian mobster (“True Romance”) — and on stage, he’s equally engrossing.

Walken brings “an unsettling brew of velvet and assault in each purpose he plays,” a Daily News raved in a examination of a 2010 black comedy “A Behanding in Spokane,” in that Walken played a Captain Hook-like character: a one-fisted oddball.

So he can do live theater. And he can play a one-armed man. But it’s opposite behaving in a 1,000-seat Broadway residence than doing a live uncover for tighten to 20 million viewers — as NBC’s “The Sound of Music” did final year.

The perfect range of it has a aristocrat of all thrillers jolt in his rhinestone-studded boots. “It’s fun, though it’s also a small scary,” says Walken.

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He’s been relaxing his fears by rehearsing like a maniac he’s prolonged been on screen. He’s grown out his beard, so that it screams “Arr!” even when Hook isn’t talking. And he’s brushing adult on his dance moves, best famous from his waggish two-step with a cross-dressing John Travolta in “Hairspray.”

On a Bethpage, L.I., soundstage — a promote site — all a sets are in place for a seamless show. Though a universe of “Peter Pan” is as far-reaching as a child’s imagination, on theatre a Darling home in London sits subsequent to Pan’s fascinated island, finish with a pool, that is subsequent to Hook’s floating castle, a Jolly Roger (plank included).

Walken’s quirkiness compulsory a few tweaks in a famous 1954 strange play. Amanda Green, daughter of lyricist Adolph Green, wrote some new difference for Walken’s grand entrance, tailoring a strain “Vengeance” to Walken’s speak-singing character and comedic rhythms.

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“I had to find a approach to get him to contend a word ‘Gorgonzola,’” says Green. “He creates a dish of it.”

Whether he’s holding a gun or a cosmetic hook, Walken is many enthralling usually being himself on set.

“Even when he’s not doing anything, he’s improved during behaving than I’ve ever been,” says Williams who acknowledges that she’s vibrating her timbers to be operative alongside Walken and a expel that includes Broadway vets Tony-winner Christian Borle and five-time Tony hopeful Kelli O’Hara.

That’s partial of a job, says a facilely cold star. “Actors go to work to play,” says Walken. “I don’t consider anybody else unequivocally does that.”

NBC’s “Peter Pan Live!” will atmosphere Dec. 4 during 8 p.m.

jsettembre@nydailynews.com

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