Walken has worked with the American film-maker on King of New York and THE ADDICTION and appreciates his erratic approach.
He says, "I know him well so I understand him when he gets very pumped up and frantic and goes off on a rampage on the set.
"That's part of the energy that he needs to bring to his work. He's made a choice to live on the edge and that's part of what makes all of his films so interesting.
"He goes through a lot of pain and angst - you appreciate how he's struggling to get a certain kind of emotional tension up there on the screen."
Walken drank heavily with Ferrara before his wife's intervention led to him banishing his Vodka addiction.
He explains, "One day I felt so sick that my wife asked me why I was doing that to myself.
"I didn't have a good answer, so I stopped. I don't drink hard liquor any more."28/10/2004 09:19