A recent video that made the rounds on social media brought back memories of Willem Dafoe’s role as the Green Goblin in the Marvel film Spider-Man. The video in question was about a masked man gliding around in New York City on a large drone. Willem is an exceptional actor with a distinctive gravelly voice that you can’t mistake for another. From 1980, when he made his debut on the film Heaven’s Gate, he has accurately depicted all the roles thrown at him. Willem is a recipient of several awards and was a member of The Wooster Group.
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Why we love Willem Dafoe
With rumors flying around about the possible return of Willem Dafoe on the Spider-Man 3 film, Marvel fans can’t wait to see the exceptional actors on the big screens. But while we wait for Marvel to unveil the names, we can at least anticipate the voice of Willem narrating the documentary River. Willem has proven his worth and mastery of roles in the numerous films he’s starred in since he debuted in the 1980 film Heaven’s Gate. Born in 1955, Willem recalls being raised by his five sisters owing to the busy schedule of his nurse mom and surgeon father.
Willem attended Appleton East High School before proceeding to the University of Wisconsin to study drama. He didn’t obtain the degree as he moved to New York City within two years and joined some theaters and groups, eventually becoming one of the founding members of The Wooster Group. As mentioned earlier, Willem’s first significant film was Heaven’s Gate, but his roles in the movie were edited out, leaving just part of a cockfight scene. His subsequent film brought him closer to the limelight. For instance, in The Loveless, he played a leading role as an outlaw motorcycle club leader.
In no particular order, Willem has starred in hundreds, if not thousands of films, including The Wild One, The Hunger, Streets of Fire, Roadhouse 66, To Live and Die in L.A., Platoon, Off Limits, Mississippi Burning, etc. Willem also played Jesus in the 1988 film, The Last Temptation of Christ, which was branded blasphemous owing to its deviations from biblical accounts of the temptations Jesus faced. The role made Willem more popular as he brought finesse to the table. Willem has been criticized for some of his roles in some films, but not for the lead role he played alongside Madonna in the 1993 film Body of Evidence. However, critics like the late Vincent Canby ripped Willem apart for lacking sensuality in his depiction of the role in the movie.
For much of his acting career, Willem has played the villain in many films. But that’s not to say that he hasn’t taken other roles. For instance, in Animal Factory, Willem brought a lot of comic relief into the picture to depict an incarcerated veteran. Willem Dafoe has received several awards for his films and is currently ranked number 18 on the 2020 New York Times list of the 25 Greatest Actors of the 21st Century. He’s married to Italian actress and director Giada Colagrande after separating from Elizabeth LeCompte. He and Elizabeth were never married, although she has a son for him.