During a Zoom interview about his new film Wild Mountain Thyme on The Late Show, Walken told host Stephen Colbert: “Somebody had to come and set this up because I don’t have a cellphone or a computer.”
When Colbert asked if Walken had a moral reason for avoiding technology, the 77-year-old replied: “No, no. I just got to it too late. I think I’m right at a certain age where it just passed me by. 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.”
He added that mobile phones are like watches because “if you need one, somebody else has got it”, and said he has never sent an email, text or used Twitter.
“Sometimes on a movie they’ll give me a cell phone, but it’s more so that they can find me,” he said. “Like a tracking collar. If I want to use it, someone has to dial it for me, that kind of thing.” It is unclear how the actor communicates with his agent.
Walken can currently be seen in Wild Mountain Thyme, an Irish romantic comedy that has been ridiculed by viewers.
The film first made headlines upon the release of its trailer thanks to the Irish accents of its lead stars, Emily Blunt and Jamie Dornan, which were widely lampooned online.
It bizarrely begins with Walken, speaking with what some have claimed is one of the worst Irish accents in the history of cinema, saying: “Welcome to Ireland. My name’s Tony Reilly. I’m dead.”