Date: 12th January 2001
Actor WILLEM DAFOE never watches his own films because he can't forget his memories of making them. Recently an eight film retrospective was shown at the American Cinemateque in Los Angeles, California, where he got to revisit his most celebrated role as Jesus Christ in LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST after many years, and couldn't keep his mind from wandering.
He recalls, "I saw a little bit of Last Temptation and the associations of making the film that were very strong have faded a little. But I kept on thinking what my life was like at that time compared to what it's like now. "I really was searching my face to see how I had changed, trying to get in my head and wondering what had or hadn't changed. Something else creeps in. I'll never be able to really see a film that I'm in." And seeing the films again made him nostalgic looking back on his extensive and diversified movie career.
He says, "One of the pleasures of being an actor is quite simply taking a walk in someone else's shoes. And when I look at the roles I've played I'm kind of amazed at all the wonderful adventures I've had and the different things I've learned. I mean I've been a prisoner and lived in prison for a while; I've been a missionary in China; I've been a vampire and a priest in Poland in World War II. "I guess without bragging or being too prideful about it I'm excited when I look back at these things that I've done. I've had lots of wonderful opportunities." (RXM/WN/PDD)