By Ryan Parsons | Image property of Columbia Pictures
was able to catch up with Willem Dafoe and discuss his upcoming film
XXX: State of the Union. While the early reports for this
movie have shouted 'Crap', that doesn't make Dafoe a bad person... at least
Willem Dafoe is one of those actors who is so easy
to fit into the 'bad guy' roles. That creepy look that he gives Parker's
aunt while cutting the turkey in Spider-Man was enough to sell Dafoe as
a great bad guy. I guess the same would go for Christopher Walken, who gets
a ton of the 'bad guy' roles as well. But, we are talking about Willem Dafoe
In a recent interview with MovieHole,
Dafoe talks about what it takes to be a bad guy and how he applied this
to his role in XXX: State of the Union. A sample of the interview
can be read below.
Do you have concerns when asked to
take on another bad guy in a movie?
Dafoe: A little a bit, until you see what it is, and then
it depends on who is offering it to you and how itís offered to you. I had
some conversations with Lee Tamahori previously about other projects, so
I liked him and I liked how he approached me and how he wanted to work on
What was your particular appeal about this character?
Dafoe: Initially it wasnít just about this character. Itís
about the w whole idea. I liked the basic premise of the movie. I liked
Lee. I do get a kick out of thinking Iím old enough to play the secretary
of state. I liked the fact that itís a suit role, but I saw how it might
be interesting that Ė although they havenít expressed it really, it might
be fun to play around with some of the political stuff that is floating
around in this story. And thatís basically Ė not make him a sympathetic
character, but to help you understand where he is coming from. Because there
is logic to what he does.
But you have to believe that if you are playing bad guy in a movie
that you actually not playing a bad guy.
Dafoe: Yeah essentially.
Is that easy?
Dafoe: I think weíre all different Ė but I never stand
outside of it. I try to become it. So Iím not saying ďWell if I do this,
theyíll think this...Ē Iím thinking more of playing the scenes. Iím saying,
ďIf I were this guy, and this was the situation and I kinda know whatís
happening story wise Ė how do I feed this, what kind of choices do I want
to make to orient myself emotionally to see what happens.