OUT OF THE FURNACE
In 1979, WILLEM DAFOE (John Petty) was given a small role in
Michael Cimino's Heaven's Gate from which he was fired. His first feature role
came shortly after in Kathryn Bigelow's The Loveless. From there, he went on to
perform in over 80 films - in Hollywood (John Carter, Spider-Man, The English
Patient, Finding Nemo, Once Upon A Time In Mexico, Clear And Present Danger,
White Sands, Mississippi Burning, Streets Of Fire, American Dreamz) and in
independent cinema in the U.S. (The Clearing, Animal Factory, The Boondock
Saints, American Psycho) and abroad (Theo Angelopoulos' The Dust Of Time, Yim
Ho's Pavillion Of Women, Yurek Bogayevicz's Edges Of The Lord, Wim Wenders'
Faraway, So Close, Nobuhiro Suwa's segment of Paris Je t'aime, Brian Gilbert's
Tom & Viv, Christian Carion's Farewell, Mr. Bean's Holiday and The Spierig
Brothers' Daybreakers, Daniel Nettheim's The Hunter).
He has chosen projects for diversity of roles and opportunities to work with
strong directors. He has worked in the films of Wes Anderson (The Life Aquatic,
The Fantastic Mr. Fox), Martin Scorsese (The Aviator, The Last Temptation Of
Christ), Spike Lee (Inside Man), Julian Schnabel (Miral, Basquiat), Paul
Schrader (Auto Focus, Affliction, Light Sleeper, The Walker, Adam Resurrected),
David Cronenberg (Existenz), Abel Ferrara (444: The Last Day On Earth, Go Go
Tales, New Rose Hotel), David Lynch (Wild At Heart), William Friedkin (To Live
And Die In LA), Werner Herzog (My Son My Son What Have Ye Done), Oliver Stone
(Born On The Fourth Of July, Platoon), Giada Colagrande (A Woman and Before It
Had A Name) and Lars von Trier (Antichrist and Manderlay).
He was nominated twice for the Academy Award (Platoon and Shadow Of The
Vampire) and once for the Golden Globe. Among other nominations and awards, he
received an LA Film Critics Award and an Independent Spirit Award.
Upcoming films include Wes Anderson's Grand Budapest Hotel, David Leitch's
John Wick, Josh Boone's The Fault In Our Stars, Anton Corbjin's A Most Wanted
Man, Lars von Trier's Nymphomaniac, and Chris Brinker's Bad Country.
Dafoe is one of the founding members of The Wooster Group, the New York based
experimental theatre collective. He created and performed in all of the group's
work from 1977 thru 2005, both in the U.S. and internationally. Since then, he
worked with Richard Foreman in Idiot Savant at The Public Theatre (NYC) and most
recently two international productions with Robert Wilson: The Life & Death of
Marina Abramovic and The Old Woman opposite Mikhail Baryshnikov.
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