Episode #1312

Willem Dafoe & Homemade Hunger Games

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Friday, March 23, 2012

Willem Dafoe in The Hunter Willem Dafoe in The Hunter (Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures)

Kurt Andersen talks with Willem Dafoe — the shapeshifting actor is starring in three movies in theaters now. We’ll hear from fans of The Hunger Games who made their own film versions of the books long before Hollywood. And we’ll turn trash into treasure with the help of talented writers: you.

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jeff from Minnesota

This guy brought to life some of the most unforgettable characters in film. Srgnt Elias of course - but who can forget the guy (Bobby Peru) in 'Wild at Heart' (jump all around that hole? or his interpretation of Jesus? He re-defined the vampire in 'Nosferatu'. He established equilibrium in 'Mississippi Burning'. Thanks Willem for all your good work. jk

Mar. 25 2012 07:56 AM
John from Philadelphia

Thanks so much for airing the interview with Willem Dafoe. I think he's arguably one of the best actors of the 20th and 21st centuries. I was pleasantly surprised this morning! Thank you!

Mar. 24 2012 07:47 AM

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