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 • 97

    SITHWAX 2 days ago

    This is awesome

  • ShadowT23
    ShadowT23 5 days ago

    You can really tell that he loves acting and that makes me appreciate this movie even more.

  • Komo Lee Ray
    Komo Lee Ray 12 days ago +1

    Love it when Dafoe inadvertently puts the spotlight on the interviewer “ have you made films?” and the interviewer responds by fumbling through some bs about how he made short films as a kid. 😂 Not the same thing buddy. Stop with the pretentious questions about “ do you come to the film with your character fully formed?”..jeezus shut up already. Dafoe is one of the more articulate and intelligent actors there is when explaining “ craft” ...just let him talk and don’t waste his time with repetitive, reparaphrased questions. Some further advice to the interviewer...don’t lead with your questions..”did you like the movie?..were you surprised? ( before Dafoe even answered the first question)...and don’t assume with your questions and put parameters on your subject’s answers ( you do this a lot) e.g you ask the question “ Was working on this film difficult.( then say before they answer) “ I would imagine it must have been difficult” .. bad interviewing technique that 14 year old high school students would avoid. And don’t respond with” I like to keep my interviews informal maaann”..bullshit..even “casual “film chats with great artists should be prepared and thought out..DP30 is a great channel with excellent access to film artists but i would suggest you work on streamlining your questions concisely or get someone else to interview for you and you hold the camera since you’ve made ..ahem..”short films “when you were a toddler.

  • Komo Lee Ray
    Komo Lee Ray 12 days ago +2

    Actor’s Actor..give this man an Oscar ffs

  • Jakker Green
    Jakker Green 14 days ago

    Why is he not the Joker yet !!?!

  • CultureDTCTV
    CultureDTCTV 16 days ago

    Let Neptune strike ye dead Winslow, *HAAAAAAAARK*

  • CultureDTCTV
    CultureDTCTV 16 days ago

    To ye , me beauty

  • MichaelNicle
    MichaelNicle 17 days ago

    please let this man play the joker

  • PastIconoclast
    PastIconoclast 22 days ago +7

    "Safe space? What is that combination of words?"
    I love this guy.

  • khan fahad
    khan fahad 29 days ago +2

    Left ear questions right ear answers

  • Deaner Hockings - Reptilian Hunter

    Awesome interview! Awesome actor.

  • Pablo Escobar
    Pablo Escobar Month ago

    Nice one Willem! David Lynch would be proud of your willingness to never explain the meaning. True art can have a different meaning or message to each and every one of us.

  • RagdollRalph
    RagdollRalph Month ago +1

    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 Month ago +2

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

  • NoX#
    NoX# Month ago

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

  • warioman91
    warioman91 2 months 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.

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  • Zita Short
    Zita Short 2 months ago +1

    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 2 months ago +4

    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
    Leman Russ, The Wolf King 2 months ago +1

    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 2 months 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 2 months ago

    This interviewer was weird.

  • Misquotedbuffalo
    Misquotedbuffalo 2 months ago

    What a jerk the interviewer is!

  • Robert Fletcher
    Robert Fletcher 2 months ago +1

    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 2 months ago +1

    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 2 months ago +3

    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 2 months 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 2 months ago +3

    Smells like a few Oscars

  • Gabriel Berki
    Gabriel Berki 2 months ago +2

    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
    Tobias Manuel Fries 2 months ago

    Such an awesome guy! Excellent interview with great questions.

  • Carboxylated
    Carboxylated 2 months ago +8

    The farts alone made this oscar worthy

  • Rob Vespa
    Rob Vespa 2 months ago +21

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

  • Deux Education
    Deux Education 2 months ago +1

    Still a fun time

  • Deux Education
    Deux Education 2 months ago +3

    Bad Audio bro

  • Muhammad Faisal
    Muhammad Faisal 2 months ago +22

    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 2 months ago +3

    What a great guy.

  • Chris Kearney
    Chris Kearney 2 months ago +3

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

    • Daniel Olson
      Daniel Olson 2 months 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 2 months ago +8

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

  • Cthulhu582
    Cthulhu582 2 months 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 2 months ago +133

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

  • El
    El 2 months ago +20

    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 2 months ago

    217 likes 0 dislikes we all know what we here for

  • Celtic Jay
    Celtic Jay 2 months ago +2


  • 700 Megabytes
    700 Megabytes 2 months ago

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

  • Wyatt Bowman
    Wyatt Bowman 2 months ago +3

    How long have ye been on this rock

  • Christopher Migliore
    Christopher Migliore 2 months ago

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

  • analogkid51
    analogkid51 2 months ago +9

    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 2 months ago +89

    "Why'd yer spill yer beans Willem?"

    • Undead89
      Undead89 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months ago

      @Ted Yes Ted "Help me to recollect"

    • Palindromeda 33
      Palindromeda 33 2 months ago +1

      Ted why strange? I’m curious

    • someone lived this
      someone lived this 2 months ago +3

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

  • Justin Suttles
    Justin Suttles 2 months ago +49

    Willem Dafoe is a national treasure

  • Marta Conte
    Marta Conte 2 months ago

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

  • Timothy Mably
    Timothy Mably 2 months ago +8

    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 3 months ago +33

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

      SITHWAX 2 days ago

      And There Will Be Blood

    • Alexander Ho
      Alexander Ho 2 months ago +1

      Scottie Turner the running scene had to be inspired

    • Scottie Turner
      Scottie Turner 2 months ago +3

      it's the axe!

  • Its Choco Cookie greek
    Its Choco Cookie greek 3 months ago +2

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

  • Cambodia Joe
    Cambodia Joe 3 months ago +19

    Brilliant actor masterclass here by Willem.

  • Don Joe
    Don Joe 3 months ago +5

    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 3 months ago +13

    The acting was incredible in this film.

  • Eddie Cardwell
    Eddie Cardwell 3 months ago +42

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

    • Mr Vondopolous
      Mr Vondopolous 2 months ago +5

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

  • trevasco08
    trevasco08 3 months ago +6

    does this have any spoilers for the lighthouse?

  • axs
    axs 3 months 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.