Willem Dafoe Quotes
Born: July 22, 1955
Performing is about developing empathy, which leads us to a broader view of the world and encourages us to develop compassion, so we can comfort each other and not be so brutal with each other.
I want to work with people who are good at what they do, and people who are passionate.
As you get older, you suffer fools less easily. That's why there's all those cranky character actors. I'm an exception. I'm a sweetheart.
It's fair to say that if you have a lot of experience, your power is greater. You have more of an opportunity to roll up your sleeves with younger directors.
I aspire to be an instrument of the director. I'm happiest like that. The stronger the director, the more I'm willing to give them.
I have some sort of affinity for compulsive behavior. The most interesting stories come up from the people on the outside.
I try to attach myself to people who really inspire me, and directors who are really passionate. That way, I can give myself more fully and trust the impulse behind why the film is being made, and I can be a little more irresponsible in finding out what the character is.
I don't worry so much about the audience. I want them very much to be involved and enjoy the movie, but I try to just inhabit the character in a full way, where I can create a personal stake.
Central to being an actor is pretending, and the adventure of it all. That's why you become a junkie for different kinds of situations.
It's too easy to trivialize people. The Internet does it all the time.
The truth is, if you're around long enough, you have a story about everyone. But it's best to keep your mouth shut sometimes.
I don't want people to know anything about me, because that's not important. I'm more interested in the me that takes shape through the characters.
I don't think people are interested in my personal life. I've never had a Hollywood life. I've always been a worker.
Socially, I like the idea of sitting in a theater with a bunch of people.
I was doing community theater, and I was always interested in acting, but I was also interested in sports. I was interested in a lot of things. I was a pretty normal guy. I wasn't like a guy who grew up in a dark theater watching movies.
The real difficulty for smaller films, when they're made independently and it's time to go for a distributor, sometimes if it's a tough film and the people who financed it need their money back right away, it's much easier and lucrative to take a DVD deal.
I've been in very few flat-out comedies. But I feel like I've always made comedies.
Sometimes you make very interesting movies that aren't meant for everybody. But this is a capitalist society, so everything conspires to put value on whether it sells or not.
I'm never in Hollywood! I'm a theatre actor that lives in New York. I'm very seldom in Los Angeles. I don't dislike LA, I just don't think it's a very healthy place for me to be all the time. When I'm shooting a movie there and am working I'm perfectly happy. But when I'm not working or engaged in something it's a place that I wouldn't live.
Mounting those red stairs [in Cannes] is something I've done with a very different intention many times. So it's interesting any time you witness those shifts of perspective. The beach scenes were also fun. It felt very strange and very theatrical to kind of commandeer it and have La Mer booming over the speakers.