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Willem Dafoe

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Willem DafoeWilliam J. Dafoe (born July 22, 1955), known professionally as Willem Dafoe, is an Academy Award-nominated American film, stage, and voice actor, and a member of the experimental theater company The Wooster Group. Films he appears in include Platoon, Affliction, Off Limits, Streets of Fire, To Live and Die in L.A., Born on the Fourth of July, The English Patient, The Last Temptation of Christ, Mississippi Burning, Mr. Bean’s Holiday, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, The Boondock Saints, Spider-Man, and The Aviator. He has also had voice roles in both Fantastic Mr. Fox and Finding Nemo, as well as guesting on an episode of The Simpsons. Recently, he provided the voice and motion capture for Nathan Dawkins in the 2013 video game Beyond: Two Souls with Ellen Page.

 




1. I THINK ON SOME LEVEL, YOU DO YOUR BEST THINGS WHEN YOU’RE A LITTLE OFF-BALANCE, A LITTLE SCARED. YOU’VE GOT TO WORK FROM MYSTERY, FROM WONDER, FROM NOT KNOWING.

2. WITH THEATRE, YOU HAVE TO BE READY FOR ANYTHING.

3. WEIRDNESS IS NOT MY GAME. I’M JUST A SQUARE BOY FROM WISCONSIN.

4. CORRUPTION IS SOMETHING YOU FACE ALL THE TIME. AVOID IT.

5. ACTION BREEDS INSPIRATION MORE THAN INSPIRATION BREEDS ACTION.

6. CELEBRITY IS OKAY AS LONG AS YOU KNOW IT’S NOT ABOUT YOU.

7. IN MY EXPERIENCE, SOMETIMES A MOVIE JUST HITS AT THE WRONG TIME, GETS THE WRONG PRESS, OR GETS THE WRONG REPRESENTATION, AND IT GETS MISUNDERSTOOD.

8. I SET MYSELF CHALLENGES EVERY TIME I WORK. IDEALLY, I APPROACH EVERYTHING AS THOUGH IT’S THE FIRST TIME – WITH A BEGINNER’S MIND AND AN AMATEUR’S LOVE.

9. ALL THE TIME, AS AN ACTOR, YOU WANT TO BE ASKING WHAT’S NEXT AND WHERE THINGS ARE GOING. IF YOU’RE NOT ASKING THOSE QUESTIONS, YOU’RE NOT GROWING.

10. I DON’T THINK PEOPLE WANT TO SEE ME AS A REGULAR GUY; BESIDES, I’M A REGULAR GUY IN REAL LIFE. I GUESS I JUST WANT TO BE RECKLESS IN MY WORK.

11. I DO WANT TO BE IN MAINSTREAM MOVIES THAT ARE GOING TO BE SEEN. I SUPPOSE IT SATISFIES THE SHOWBIZ SIDE OF ME.

12. I KNEW VERY LITTLE ABOUT ‘SPIDER-MAN’. I GREW UP MORE IN THE ‘SUPERMAN’ GENERATION. ‘SPIDER-MAN’ – I DIDN’T KNOW SO MUCH. BUT IT IS A REALLY SUCCESSFUL FRANCHISE, AND I’M HAPPY TO BE INVOLVED WITH IT.

13. WHEN YOU WORK ON ANYTHING, YOU WANT TO FIND THE RANGE OF IMPULSES – WHICH ONES GET PORTRAYED IS ANOTHER QUESTION, BUT YOU WANT TO HAVE THAT COMPLEXITY AND THAT FULLNESS, EVEN IF YOU’RE PLAYING A CARTOON CHARACTER.

14. I LOVE THEATERS. I LOVE THE EVENT OF GOING THERE AND SEEING A MOVIE WITH A LOT OF PEOPLE. I LIKE THE COMMUNITY COMING AROUND THE STORY.

15. BASICALLY, WHEN I HEAR THE WORDS ‘FAMILY DRAMA,’ I RUN IN THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION.

16. THE MASK CAN BE A LIMITATION, BUT YOU JUST DEAL WITH IT. YOU DO GET SUPERHUMAN STRENGTH AND PUMPKIN BOMBS AND ALL THIS OTHER STUFF TO EXPRESS YOURSELF WITH.’

17. THE WORST THING IS TO GET INVOLVED WITH PEOPLE WHO AREN’T PASSIONATE ABOUT WHAT THEY’RE DOING.

18. A LOT OF CRITICS ARE LAZY. THEY DON’T WANT TO LOOK CLOSELY AND ANALYZE SOMETHING FOR WHAT IT IS. THEY TAKE A QUICK FIRST IMPRESSION AND THEN RUSH TO COMPARE IT TO SOMETHING THEY’VE SEEN BEFORE.

19. I GUESS THEY OFTEN CAST ME AS THE BAD GUY, BECAUSE I’M NOT, ER, CONVENTIONAL LOOKING. I LOOK SORT OF VIOLENT. I’M THE ODD ONE OUT, THE OUTSIDER.

20. I’M NOT ATTRACTED TO NATURALISM, I’M NOT ATTRACTED TO BEHAVIOR, I’M ATTRACTED TO DANCE. I’M ATTRACTED TO GESTURE, I’M ATTRACTED TO SINGING WITH YOUR VOICE, AS OPPOSED TO HAVING A NATURAL MANNER. I’M A THEATER ACTOR FIRST, SO THAT PROBABLY INFLUENCES A LOT OF MY APPROACH. AND I THINK IN MANY WAYS, NATURALISM HAS RUINED MOVIES.

21. LET’S HOPE I NEVER END UP ON A DESERTED ISLAND, BECAUSE I COULD NEVER MAKE A DECISION ON WHICH THREE CDS TO TAKE WITH ME.

22. GREAT THEATRE IS ABOUT CHALLENGING HOW WE THINK AND ENCOURAGING US TO FANTASIZE ABOUT A WORLD WE ASPIRE TO.

23. I’M ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE WHO WHEN I GO OVER A BRIDGE, I WANT TO JUMP. IT’S JUST THIS INTENSE TICKLE IN THE BACK OF MY THROAT. IT’S LIKE I’M ON THE VERGE THE WHOLE TIME I’M WALKING OVER THAT BRIDGE, AND I’M NOT GOING TO GET A RELEASE UNTIL I JUMP.

24. I DON’T HAVE A PREFERENCE BETWEEN THEATRE AND FILM; I LIKE TO DO BOTH. BUT I WILL SAY THAT THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT THEATRE THAT IS MORE NOURISHING AND SUSTAINING THAN FILM EVER CAN BE.

25. I AM CONFIDENT ONLY WHEN I AM CONSTANTLY IN MOTION. BETWEEN PROJECTS, THE DOUBT CREEPS IN.

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