Willem Dafoe
American actor
Willem Dafoe
Willem Dafoe is an American film, stage, and voice actor, and a member of the experimental theater company The Wooster Group. He has had roles in a wide range of films, including 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.
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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: The 66 Best Things in Pop Culture in 2016
Huffington Post - about 2 months
2016 was a bad year. We know it. It's been written everywhere. The world is in complete disarray. Even if you voted for Trump, you have to agree with that. Celebrity deaths were too much to handle. The Oscars were "so white." Mariah pulled a Milli Vanilli at the final hour. I could go on and on, but I won't. The year wasn't all bad. Here are my personal favorite things about the year in film, television, and music in no particular order. Share your own below. Here's hoping 2017 is better. Believe in hope. 1. The Chicago Cubs winning The World Series and Bill Murray and John Cusack's reactions to it 2. Lion - the acting, writing, and direction 3. Denzel Washington and Viola Davis in Fences 4. David Bowie's grand exit - Lazarus 5. Bon Iver's brilliant 22, A Million 6. Everything about Nocturnal Animals 7. Letters to Cleo's comeback 8. Spider-man's awesome cameo in Civil War 9. Amy Adams in Arrival especially the scene in which she makes "contact" 10. Westworld, a serie ...
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Paul Schrader, Nicolas Cage and Willem Dafoe team in the wacky, never boring 'Dog Eat Dog'
LATimes - 4 months
Bad people do worse things in “Dog Eat Dog,” a pitch dark crime dramedy directed with whacked-out verve by Paul Schrader. Although it’s an often repellant, uneven film that, in the end, doesn’t amount to a whole lot, there’s something thrilling and a bit liberating about the anarchic vibe that...
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In 'Dog Eat Dog,' A Scabrous, Stylized Tale Of Drug Dens — And Diapers
NPR - 4 months
Cage, Matched: Willem Dafoe teams with Nicolas Cage (and Christopher Matthew Cook) to kidnap a gangster's newborn baby in Paul Schrader's latest uber-violent caper comedy.
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Willem Dafoe On 'Dog Eat Dog' And The Possibility Of Playing Joker
Huffington Post - 4 months
Let’s put a smile on that face. In his latest movie, “Dog Eat Dog,” actor Willem Dafoe plays a psychotic criminal named Mad Dog. It’s a character description Dafoe’s become known for. Though he’s played similarly deranged roles over the years, the actor tells The Huffington Post that he was drawn to the complexity of the character. “Yes, he does these vicious things, but a lot of the times when we see him he’s very vulnerable and very needy and insecure, and the combination of those two things is interesting,” said Dafoe. As we mentioned, Dafoe’s played crazy before. But there’s one wild character the actor has yet to portray on the big screen:  How has Willem Dafoe not been The Joker yet? For a while now, fans have called on Dafoe to play Batman’s nemesis Joker, and when we asked Dafoe about the possibility, he was well aware of it. “People have been asking me for years,” the actor said. Though, you probably shouldn’t expect him to take on the Clown Pr ...
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A Willem Dafoe Movie---With an Audience of One
Wall Street Journal - 7 months
French conceptual artist Loris Gréaud will debut a film starring Willem Dafoe at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art that plays to one audience member at a time.
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See Willem Dafoe like you've never seen him before
CNN - about 1 year
Actor Willem Dafoe transforms into Marilyn Monroe in this Super Bowl ad for Snickers.
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The Ultimate Italian Yoga Retreats And Vacations
Huffington Post - over 1 year
By Ileana Franceschi A secret to test how serious the offer is: check to see if in addition to the word “retreat” it also says workshop, seminar, and that it lasts a week, though you can also stay for just three days or a weekend. Also, that the place has a real Shala – basically an anti-gym without mirrors and air conditioning going full blast. Yoga packages often offer the option of a shared room: don’t underestimate the idea, because it could be a therapeutic choice or adolescence redux. Once you’re there, you’ll spend plenty of time “practicing” but also talking about it, a useful strategy to avoid mulling over personal, work-related, and metropolitan conundrums. Another sign that the place is serious is that lessons start at 7 a.m. and end around lunchtime, so that most of the day is free, given that the venues are often stunning. You can also stay at the facilities and be enticed by alternative treatments, things you’d never expect to experience like Pan ...
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Matt Adcock at the cinema: John Wick review
Hemel Today - almost 2 years
John Wick (Keanu Reeves) is a retired assassin, the best in the business (once killed three people in a bar with just a pencil they say). Wick said goodbye to the violent past when his wife, Helen (Bridget Moynahan), came into his life.But when she tragically dies his world is shaken. Then punk bad guy Iosef Tarasov (Alfie Allen) kills Wick’s cute dog and steals his beloved muscle car. That’s pretty much all the background you need as from that point on John Wick becomes a rip-roaringly brutal, utterly stylish revenge-’em-up which sees Reeves kicking huge amounts of ass, in a way that he hasn’t since The Matrix. The action scenes are exceptionally well choreographed. Enemies are dispatched with guns, knives, fists, cars and grenades all mixed into a ballet of grin-inducing carnage. Mob boss Viggo (Michael Nyqvist), father of Iosef and former employer of Wick, tries his best to stop the unstoppable assassin by putting a price on his head and unleashing an army of henchmen, backed ...
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Ewan McGregor On The Challenges Of Playing Jesus
Huffington Post - about 2 years
Ewan McGregor's sandals are following in the footsteps of Max von Sydow, Willem Dafoe, Robert Powell, Christian Bale and Jim Caviezel. With "Last Days in the Desert," which premiered last week at the Sundance Film Festival, McGregor becomes the latest to take on the role of Jesus. Unlike the other actors' projects, which dramatize or twist the events of the Gospels, the details of McGregor's portrayal aren't plucked directly from scripture. Yet, to the credit of writer/director Rodrigo García ("Albert Nobbs," "Six Feet Under"), it would be hard to call the film non-biblical. Set during the final leg of Jesus' 40-day fast in the wilderness of Judea, "Last Days in the Desert" finds the holy man encountering, first, Satan (also played by McGregor), who fills his head with self-doubt, and, soon after, a family (Ciarán Hinds, Tye Sheridan and Ayelet Zurer) dealing with their own father-son issues. The desert dwellers he encounters are not figures from Christian credo, allowing the film t ...
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Alan Dee’s movie preview: Macho men and monsters dominate a trio of testosterone treats
The Bucks Herald - about 3 years
Mark Wahlberg’s reinvention as everyone’s favourite everyman killing machine continues apace. Lone Survivor has one of those titles that indicate a high body count, and it doesn’t lie – our Mark is the only special forces op still breathing after a disastrous mission in Afghanistan. It’s based on a true story and is told with a grim attention to keeping it rough and real. It’s not for the squeamish, but it’s certainly not as gung-ho as most American films featuring their boys on the front line. Not a lot of laughs, either, in Out Of The Furnace, in which ex-con Christian Bale tries to keep little brother Casey Affleck out of trouble without much success. Woody Harrelson, Forest Whitaker and Willem Dafoe add support in a gritty and brutal blue collar drama from writer/director Scott Cooper, whose last project was the Oscar-winning Crazy Heart. What would happen if Dr Frankenstein’s monster still walked the earth 200 years on? He hasn’t got the familiar bolt through his neck, b ...
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Decaying steel town gets movie star turn in 'Out of the Furnace'
Yahoo News - about 3 years
By Eric Kelsey BEVERLY HILLS, California (Reuters) - A brief drive through Pittsburgh's down-and-out steel mill borough of Braddock at the time of the economic downturn in 2009 was all it took, and director Scott Cooper knew where he wanted to set his next film. Starring Christian Bale and Casey Affleck, it will be in wide release in U.S. movie theaters on Friday. "I wasn't going to make the movie if I didn't shoot it there." "Out of the Furnace," distributed by independent studio Relativity Media, tells the story of steel mill worker Russell Baze (Bale) and his younger brother, Rodney (Affleck), an Iraq War veteran haunted by his tours of duty, who would do anything to avoid working in the mills like his brother and father. "Even if something disastrous was to happen, they would rather stay there." The film - which features several past Oscar nominees and winners, including Willem Dafoe, Woody Harrelson, Forest Whitaker and Sam Shepard - adds a working-class quality to the recent spat ...
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Anatomy of a Scene: Video of 'Out of the Furnace'
NYTimes - about 3 years
Scott Cooper narrates a sequence from his film featuring Casey Affleck, Woody Harrelson and Willem Dafoe.
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It's a Man's World at the Movies
Huffington Post - about 3 years
An amazing movie will open in theaters later this week. Out of The Furnace is our generation's Deer Hunter, about rust belt America, war, PTSD, drugs, guns, violence and white underclass misery. A few deer show up, too. It is bleak, good stuff, and halfway through watching it, I found myself thinking, someone's going to win a big award for this one. But watching it was even more depressing for me than it was perhaps meant to be. Why? Because the world depicted on the screen is almost entirely male. There's nothing new about that. For most of my life, I've walked out of movies with a slightly deflated sense of my place in the world. It is depressing to sit through a two-hour spectacle without female protagonists doing anything but supporting or trying to have sex with men. Besides Casey Affleck and Christian Bale, Out of the Furnace stars Woody Harrelson, Willem Dafoe, Sam Shepherd, Forrest Whitaker. Zoe Saldana is the sole female in it. She plays a love interest whose day job ...
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Casey Affleck Explores the Explorers Club
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Casey Affleck has a youthful intensity: he's too vulnerable to go to the deadly places he explores as a fighter to prove himself in the testosterone fueled "Out of the Furnace," in theaters this week. The opening scenes are so brutal, with a screw loose Woody Harrelson going ballistic on his date at the drive in, you know that by the time the two meet, nothing good will come of it. After four tours in Iraq, Affleck's sweet-faced Rodney Baze has so few options in the Pennsylvania town where he lives with a dying father, and with his brother, the incomparable Christian Bale as Russell Baze. I spent a good part of the movie with my hands over my eyes, ruing my presence at a movie that displays boys behaving so badly. That said, in the end, the story resonated at a different level, as a parable about returning war heroes and the bleak opportunities they have connecting with home, family and a meaningful job. Featuring excellent, tough but sensitive, performances by Affleck and Bale, Wille ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Willem Dafoe
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2016
    Age 60
    In June 2016, he stirred up controversy in Italy while visiting The Floating Piers on Lake Iseo.
    More Details Hide Details Dafoe was photographed on that very section while thousands of people were denied access. The local press suggested the closure might have been orchestrated to allow Dafoe to enjoy the installation without the crowds. Dafoe said in 2008 that he is no longer practising Vegetarianism. His brother, Donald Dafoe, is a transplant surgeon and researcher. Camerimage San Sebastián International Film Festival Stockholm International Film Festival VGX (award show) Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
  • FIFTIES
  • 2014
    Age 58
    In April 2014, he was announced as a member of the main competition jury at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.
    More Details Hide Details Dafoe has also been cast as Nuidis Vulko in Zack Snyder's Justice League (2017). Dafoe met director Elizabeth LeCompte at The Performance Group, and the two began a professional and personal relationship there and at its successor company, The Wooster Group. Their son, Jack, was born in 1982.
  • 2013
    Age 57
    Dafoe appeared as the devil in the Mercedes-Benz CLA 2013 Super Bowl ad in which Usher and Kate Upton also appear.
    More Details Hide Details Dafoe also starred in three short films for Hanneke Schutte, with Saving Norman winning the Jameson First Shot competition. Dafoe played fictional author Peter Van Houten in the film adaptation of The Fault in Our Stars (2014).
  • 2011
    Age 55
    Dafoe starred alongside Marina Abramović in the 2011 Manchester International Festival premiere of the play The Life and Death of Marina Abramović, and will play the role again in the 2013 Luminato Festival North American premiere of the play The Life and Death of Marina Abramović.
    More Details Hide Details He also appears at TimesTalks Luminato. Since 2010, Dafoe voiced Clarence the Birdseye polar bear mascot on the company's television commercials in the United Kingdom.
    In 2011, Dafoe began narrating a series of television commercials for the Greek yogurt company Fage.
    More Details Hide Details Additionally, the actor is featured in Jim Beam's "Bold Decisions" television ad campaign, which began airing April 2011.
  • 2010
    Age 54
    Dafoe said in 2010, "We were having lunch and I said: 'Do you want to get married tomorrow?'" They did so the following afternoon at a small ceremony with two friends as witnesses.
    More Details Hide Details The two worked together on the film Before It Had a Name. The couple divide their time between Rome, New York City, and Los Angeles. He now holds both Italian and American citizenship.
  • 2007
    Age 51
    In 2007 he was also a member of the jury of the 57th Berlin International Film Festival.
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  • FORTIES
  • 2005
    Age 49
    Dafoe married Italian actress, director, and screenwriter Giada Colagrande on March 25, 2005, a year after the two had met in Rome at the premiere of one of her films.
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  • 2002
    Age 46
    From 2002-2007, he played the villain Green Goblin in the Spider-Man trilogy.
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  • 1998
    Age 42
    In 1998 he was the brother of Nick Nolte and son of James Coburn in another Schrader film, Affliction.
    More Details Hide Details He worked briefly as a model in a 1990 Prada campaign. In 2004, Dafoe lent his likeness and voice for the James Bond video game Everything or Nothing as the villain Nikolai Diavolo, and starred as NYPD detective Stan Aubray in the thriller Anamorph (2006).
  • THIRTIES
  • 1991
    Age 35
    Dafoe starred in the erotic drama Body of Evidence with Madonna. In 1991, he portrayed a Manhattan drug dealer in the Paul Schrader film Light Sleeper.
    More Details Hide Details Dafoe played an eccentric FBI agent in The Boondock Saints (1999) and a private investigator in American Psycho (2000). He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1986 for Platoon and 2000 for Shadow of the Vampire. He played a rare heroic film role when he provided the voice of Gill in the animated film Finding Nemo. Dafoe also played a heroic leading man in Triumph of the Spirit, Salamo Arouch, a Greek Jew who survived Auschwitz concentration camp through his prowess as a boxer.
  • 1989
    Age 33
    Before that, he was briefly considered for the role of the Joker by Tim Burton and Sam Hamm for 1989's Batman.
    More Details Hide Details Hamm recalls "We thought, 'Well, Willem Dafoe looks just like The Joker.'" The role eventually went to Jack Nicholson.
  • 1988
    Age 32
    In 1988, Dafoe starred in another film set during the Vietnam War, this time as CID Agent Buck McGriff in Off Limits.
    More Details Hide Details He has since become a popular character actor. He is often cast as unstable or villainous characters, such as the Green Goblin in Spider-Man and Barillo in Once Upon a Time in Mexico.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1982
    Age 26
    In 1982, he starred as the leader of a Outlaw motorcycle club in The Loveless, and then played a similar role in Streets of Fire (1984).
    More Details Hide Details In the mid-1980s, he was cast by William Friedkin to star in To Live and Die In L.A., in which Dafoe portrays counterfeiter Rick Masters. He became "very conscious" that he might be typecast as a villain, saying in 1998, Dafoe would go on to gain his widest exposure up to that point playing the compassionate Sergeant Elias in Oliver Stone's Platoon. He enjoyed the opportunity to play a heroic role, and said the film gave him a chance to display his versatility. "I think all characters live in you. You just frame them, give them circumstances, and that character will happen."
  • 1981
    Age 25
    Dafoe, who would continue with the Wooster Group into the 2000s, began his film career in 1981, when he was cast in Heaven's Gate only to see his role removed from the film during editing.
    More Details Hide Details As Dafoe recalled of his first film experience, (in which he played a cockfighter):
  • 1976
    Age 20
    Dafoe studied drama at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, but left after a year and a half to join the experimental theater company Theatre X in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, before moving to New York City in 1976.
    More Details Hide Details There he apprenticed under Richard Schechner, director of the avant-garde theater troupe The Performance Group, where he met and became romantically involved with Elizabeth LeCompte, 11 years his senior. She, with her former romantic partner Spalding Gray and others, edged out Schechner and created The Wooster Group. Within a year Dafoe was part of the company.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1955
    Born
    Born on July 22, 1955.
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