Interview: Willem Dafoe Talks Turning Up the Heat, Mr. Bobby Peru, and ‘The Hunter’
Film School Rejects - almost 5 years
Willem Dafoe delivers a quiet performance in The Hunter, Daniel Nettheim‘s observant character-driven feature debut. It’s a character which relies purely on movement, expression, and action – all internal. The protagonist, Martin, a.k.a. The Hunter, is a man skilled in violence, and that’s about as much as you can say for him for most of the film’s running time.
As you would’ve predicted, the character grows in a way of showing warmth and humanity, but, as Dafoe explains, not in a sentimental way. Martin is the type of character who feels at home in the woods wielding a rifle, rather than watching after a pair of children. Do not expect this to be the story of a cold man who in actuality has a big heart of a gold they’re ready to unleash, because it’s far from it.
Here’s what actor Willem Dafoe had to say about Martin, directors with intense passion, and Bobby Peru, the ultimate force of nature:
There’s a clear dichotomy to Martin, where you see him capable of warmness and extr
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