Despite his Golden Globe-nominated performance as a demon-cum-actor in Shadow of a Vampire, and his in-progress stint as the Green Goblin in Spider-Man, Willem Dafoe says he's not too worried about being branded as a big-screen bogeyman.
"It is very hard not to get typecast as a villain, and I think the studios generally think of me in those terms," Dafoe admits to TV Guide Online. "They've got a much narrower vision of how they see me, as opposed to the independent world."
Considering that Dafoe plays a priest in his next two films Edges of the Lord with Haley Joel Osment and Pavilion of Women (based on Pearl Buck's novel) Hollywood may be poised to pigeonhole him as a man of the cloth. But if his eerily comic turn in Vampire (opening wide Jan. 26) lands him an Oscar, Dafoe's status as Tinseltown's go-to ghoul will be all but cemented.
Dafoe plays Max Schreck, the actor whose role in the 1922 classic Nosferatu inspired generations of monsters and freaks. "It was implied that the role ruined Schreck's career because he couldn't be disassociated with it," Dafoe points out, adding that it wasn't hard for him to wash off the evil when the camera stopped rolling. "When the camera's not rolling, I think it's best to relax, goof around and forget about it."