Christopher Walken Destroys Original Banksy Artwork
An original Banksy piece has been destroyed on the set of The Outlaws.
Christopher Walken, who is starring in BBC series The Outlaws, has painted over the famous artwork as part of the show’s storyline.
The artwork features a rat, two spray cans and the artist’s name in green writing.
The show is being filmed in the famously secretive artist’s home city, Bristol.
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Banksy had reportedly agreed to leave his mark on a wall where a scene was being filmed, and gave his permission for the piece to be destroyed.
A spokesperson for the BBC series has released a statement in response to ruining the work.
“We can confirm that the artwork at the end of The Outlaws was an original Banksy, and that Christopher Walken painted over that artwork during the filming of this scene, ultimately destroying it” BBC reports.
The show follows minor criminals completing community service.
The season finale sees Christopher’s character ask his supervisor if he should paint over the famous work. But, his probation officer seems to be paying little attention and consequently doesn’t realise it’s an original Banksy.
She tells him all graffiti must be painted over, which he then does.
Banksy’s artwork are often worth millions of pounds and appear casually overnight in unanticipated locations.
The Outlaws is available to stream now on BBC iPlayer.
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