DP/30: Willem Dafoe, The Lighthouse

  • Published on Oct 23, 2019
  • Willem Dafoe is having an amazing run in an amazing career. The latest example is The Lighthouse, a two-hander in black & white with Rob Pattinson. He sat down with David Poland to discuss the film and why it was a great fit with how he likes to work.
    Earlier Dafoe DP/30s:
    The Florida Project: tvclip.biz/video/D2goMtpjlZ0/video.html
    At Eternity's Gate: tvclip.biz/video/-DIGAOxLYP8/video.html
    Shot in Los Angeles, October 2019
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Comments • 81

  • RagdollRalph
    RagdollRalph 6 days ago

    You NEED to interview Eggers! The few times he actually gets interviewed by anyone with some merit his answers are spectacular and I think this format would really fit him.
    I haven't said it in a good long while but this channel is spectacular and I hope it keeps going for many years to come :)

  • Quinn Lloyd
    Quinn Lloyd 12 days ago +1

    This roll will go down in history as one of the greatest performances ever.

  • NoX#
    NoX# 12 days ago

    Please give him Nomination for an Oscar for this role! he was absolutely incredible.

  • warioman91
    warioman91 20 days ago

    This interviewer was okay except that he kept begging the questions on "how do you act". Yes, the process actors go through to build their character is interesting, but try not to be so completely naive in your questions.
    Edit:Meh interviewer is a noob the longer this went on.

  • Zita Short
    Zita Short Month ago

    You do such a wonderful job with these interviews. I often wonder how on earth you begin a conversation with an unknown person whom you probably respect but you always successfully extract interesting information from your subjects.

  • rembeadgc
    rembeadgc Month ago +3

    This man is a consummate artist. He is like a jazz musician who studies his craft and the music then goes on the stage with his horn and let's the music and the moment tell him what to play. It's orchestrated and spontaneous at the same time. He was iconic in the movie.

  • Leman Russ, The Wolf King

    He seems like such a down to earth, go-with-the-flow kinda guy. Ive always loved his work since i saw him in spiderman when i was a kid

  • nate and bake
    nate and bake Month ago

    Pulling out a scene from the movie and trying to make Defoe do part of it feels so disrespectful to me.

  • Jordan Marshall
    Jordan Marshall Month ago

    This interviewer was weird.

  • Misquotedbuffalo
    Misquotedbuffalo Month ago

    What a jerk the interviewer is!

  • Robert Fletcher
    Robert Fletcher Month ago

    I don't know how Willem manages to be so charming and warm while being so creepy at the same time. He's so great.

  • John Sailors
    John Sailors Month ago

    I can't honestly say I've seen anything like this movie. It is a breath of fresh air! Can't wait to see more from Robert Eggers!

  • Tim Francis
    Tim Francis Month ago +2

    He is without a doubt one of the most informative, articulate actors I've ever heard. I love him! His tenor, motives, and being for acting is just right in every way.

  • Gavin Masterson
    Gavin Masterson Month ago

    I'm so happy for Willem...he's finally getting his dues...Hopefully this is the one for him...Should start a campaign for him like Leo...

  • Freedom First
    Freedom First Month ago +3

    Smells like a few Oscars

  • Gabriel Berki
    Gabriel Berki Month ago +1

    There was a FIREFIIIIIGHT!

  • I say shotgun, you say wedding

    The fact that Mr. Dafoe has not, yet, received an Oscar is an Absolute Tragedy! This guy is a class act!

  • Tobias Manuel Fries

    Such an awesome guy! Excellent interview with great questions.

  • Carboxylated
    Carboxylated Month ago +6

    The farts alone made this oscar worthy

  • Rob Vespa
    Rob Vespa Month ago +14

    I love listening to Dafoe speak. The interviewer is nice.

  • Deux Education
    Deux Education Month ago +1

    Still a fun time

  • Deux Education
    Deux Education Month ago +2

    Bad Audio bro

  • Muhammad Faisal
    Muhammad Faisal Month ago +16

    I love Willem Dafoe. He is a great actor who genuinely loves his craft and has a genuine interest in the characters he plays. And he is also a humble and a wonderful person.

  • WhatKindOfBlue
    WhatKindOfBlue Month ago +2

    What a great guy.

  • Chris Kearney
    Chris Kearney Month ago +2

    Willem has the patience of a saint. Glad that this interviewer was asking tough questions.

    • Daniel Olson
      Daniel Olson Month ago

      Yeah, tough questions like "what do you want to overhear audiences saying after the film" and "do you know all the sea shanties now?"

      You and the interviewer are equally retarded.

  • Chris Campbell
    Chris Campbell Month ago +7

    Love that he balked at the use of the term “safe space!”

  • Cthulhu582
    Cthulhu582 Month ago

    hey man your interviews are genuinely such an amazing and valuable resource for the kinds of movies that matter, at least as far as movies go. just wanted to voice that appreciation.

  • Aidan Smith
    Aidan Smith Month ago +96

    "YOU WERE FOND OF ME LOBSTER! SAY IT!!" He deserves the oscar for supporting role.

  • El
    El Month ago +15

    Willem is one of the most honest actors I've ever seen. Every thought and movement is completely absent of pretense. That's what makes him one of the greatest. Lying doesn't make you a great actor; the ability to honestly tap into and relate to the feelings of a character and all their experiences is what makes a great actor.

  • tonywords
    tonywords Month ago

    217 likes 0 dislikes we all know what we here for

  • Celtic Jay
    Celtic Jay Month ago +1


  • 700 Megabytes
    700 Megabytes Month ago

    “Bobby Peru don’t come up for air!!” Love Willem Defoe! Great interview!

  • Wyatt Bowman
    Wyatt Bowman Month ago +3

    How long have ye been on this rock

  • Christopher Migliore

    Dude fucking killed it in The Lighthouse. Fantastic actor. Would like to see him and Robert Pattinson do another film together.

  • analogkid51
    analogkid51 Month ago +8

    Wow, you can tell he is just in love with the art. He loves the worlds, loves the possibilities. Even after all he's done he continues to find the magic with projects like this..

    SUN WARRIOR Month ago +72

    "Why'd yer spill yer beans Willem?"

    • Undead89
      Undead89 Month ago

      I think Dafoe was a manifestation in Pattinson's characters head possibly representing (without spoilers) a certain character from Pattinson's past

    • Ted
      Ted Month ago

      @Sepehr Khalili-Tari idk maybe it works. It just seemed like a strange line to represent the secret of the light. Willem yelling spill the beans with glowing eyes came off as hammy to me at the time.

      SUN WARRIOR Month ago

      @Ted Yes Ted "Help me to recollect"

    • Palindromeda 33
      Palindromeda 33 Month ago +1

      Ted why strange? I’m curious

    • someone lived this
      someone lived this Month ago +3

      Ted how is that a strange line? it totally makes sense within the context of the movie

  • Justin Suttles
    Justin Suttles Month ago +39

    Willem Dafoe is a national treasure

  • Marta Conte
    Marta Conte Month ago

    Stopped the video not even halfway through just to say I FUCKING LOVE YOU WILLEM.

  • Timothy Mably
    Timothy Mably Month ago +7

    Excellent interview as usual. You always manage to get actors' candid personalities in a way I haven't seen other interviewers do very well. This is the kind of archival footage people will look back on to get a better idea of who these actors were.

  • Mxyzptlk
    Mxyzptlk Month ago +23

    Just saw the film. Very original and interesting. Kind of reminds me of The Shining.

    • Alexander
      Alexander Month ago +1

      Scottie Turner the running scene had to be inspired

    • Scottie Turner
      Scottie Turner Month ago +2

      it's the axe!

  • Its Choco Cookie greek

    The great Willem Dafoe.Love from Greece.😀😀😀

  • Cambodia Joe
    Cambodia Joe Month ago +17

    Brilliant actor masterclass here by Willem.

  • Don Joe
    Don Joe Month ago +4

    Willem is amazing to watch as an actor and more amazing in these natural interviews. No pompousness but very real, love to hear him describe his process, that's the only thing I need to know for his films. When there's a film I haven't seen of his, I seek out an interview relating to it and skip the trailer. He's a joy to watch. And extra special thanks for your incredible channel, thanks for long form thought provoking interviews, as always.

  • Sean Corrigan
    Sean Corrigan Month ago +9

    The acting was incredible in this film.

  • Eddie Cardwell
    Eddie Cardwell Month ago +35

    Dafoe is such an awesome actor. Hope he gets loads of nominations for The Lighthouse.

    • Mr Vondopolous
      Mr Vondopolous Month ago +4

      let the curse of Neptune strike the academy if he doesn't at least get a nomination

  • trevasco08
    trevasco08 Month ago +6

    does this have any spoilers for the lighthouse?

  • axs
    axs Month ago +2

    Dear Sir I live for your interviews. I love them and adore the insights and wealth of knowledge in them. I am scared of your interviewing style but they are the closest thing to awesome. Can we please have more Jim Cameron (can't find his howard stern interview in 97 that is legal). Also Tom Cruise, Johnny Depp, Brad Pitt, Leo Dicaprio please.

  • Stevie Rosam
    Stevie Rosam Month ago +2

    A great actor and he comes across as a very nice, grounded chap. Can't wait to see this.

  • Marvdogger2
    Marvdogger2 Month ago +10

    Great actor and such a wide range. To Live and Die In L.A is one of my favourite movies.

  • Woodrowtracy
    Woodrowtracy Month ago +4

    Always great to listen to Willem.
    Would also love to suggest Lizzy Caplan for an interview considering she's having hell of a year (Castle Rock, Truth be Told, Das Boot)

    • Woodrowtracy
      Woodrowtracy Month ago

      ​@DP/30: The Oral History Of Hollywood Oh, its pity. Would really, really love to listen to her.
      Thank you for replying and all the great work you do in general.

    • DP/30: The Oral History Of Hollywood
      DP/30: The Oral History Of Hollywood  Month ago

      I think highly of Lizzie, but I don't get the feeling she really likes doing interviews. She almost snarked Seth Meyers the death the other night.

  • Brett Ellison
    Brett Ellison Month ago +5

    Great job, David! Willem seems super great.

  • Madsf Jaada
    Madsf Jaada Month ago +16

    Willem is right about why people are depressed

  • La Bière De Buff
    La Bière De Buff Month ago +6

    DP/30 with Willem Dafoe? Sign me in coach!
    I'll see movie only in January of 2020 so I hope this will fix the itch.

    • Andy Taveras
      Andy Taveras Month ago

      La Bière De Buff movie was fucking brilliant , it’s a masterpiece I’m also about to watch parasite so I’ll tell you how that went

  • Melancholic Spook
    Melancholic Spook Month ago +1

    What a cool guy one of my favourite actors

  • JimElford
    JimElford Month ago +95

    I love this interviewer. He has a genuine interest in actors and what attracts them to roles. Actors seem very relaxed and happy to chat, zero pressure to sell their movie or give a soundbite. I always feel after having watched them that I understand a little better their viewpoints on their craft, the business and sometimes daily life. Kudos as always.
    Also Willem is a charming, enthusiastic artist. I love his work and clearly he loves his roles.

  • Marlene Borboa
    Marlene Borboa Month ago +21

    Will you be doing interviews with Rob Eggers or Rob Pattinson for this movie?

    • Steven Ketchum
      Steven Ketchum Month ago

      @Cthulhu582 Eggers has actually spoken about how he's intentionally vague on providing detailed interpretations. Pattinson would ask him for insights about whether his character is "X, Y, or Z" and Eggers would tell him that it could be any one of them, providing he says the line "10% faster". He's very specific about what he keeps within his direction, but doesn't care to give anything that he doesn't provide in the writing or film.

    • Cthulhu582
      Cthulhu582 Month ago

      @DP/30: The Oral History Of Hollywood eggers would honestly be great. maybe someone can finally pin him on, if not an interpretation, then at least a path towards one. or hell, even several interpretations

    • DP/30: The Oral History Of Hollywood
      DP/30: The Oral History Of Hollywood  Month ago +21

      Only if they get more awards traction. That isn't why they weren't included at this junket. Time was not made for it.