Willem Dafoe for AnOther Man Magazine

Posted on October 12, 2012

Let’s get some sausage up in this joint, ladies. Willem Dafoe gives his best face to Another Man magazine. It’s not much in the way of fashion, but that’s one hell of a face for pictures.


Willem Dafoe is featured in the Fall/Winter 2012 Issue of AnOther Man magazine photographed by Willy Vanderperre, styled by styled by creative director Alister Mackie, and shot at the Castello di Torcrescenza in Rome.




[Photo Credit: Willy Vanderperre]

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  • http://gabyrippling.tumblr.com/ Gabriella M

    I love how his hands are as expressive as his face. 

    • Patricia Gillett

       This^^^ His hands are mesmerizing.

      • Pennymac

        HANDS! (I thought the same thing!!)

      • quiltrx

        It’s so funny you guys said this!  I’ve always thought he had ‘elegant’ hands.

      • http://twitter.com/nkk Nikki

        I so agree- actors who can utilize them well and take care of them are wonderful! (please take note Madonna and SJP)

      • galcurly

        Very Egon Schiele

    • kimmeister

      But where did they go in the 4th photo?

      • throwslikeagirl

        He’s clutching the pearls, dear.

    • joything

      So many actors work too hard to do something “interesting” with their hands, usually wiping their upper lip or scratching something.  Dafoe’s hands are connected to whatever is going on in his head – they are part of the moment. 

    • annrr

      And his hair, he really has awesome hair. I love love love the first picture.

      • http://gabyrippling.tumblr.com/ Gabriella M

        He does have good hair. I feel like he and David Lynch have made some sort of faustian deal for their respective mane’s majesty. I bet they’re in the Hellfollicle Club together. 

        • http://profile.yahoo.com/KBNJ6GJTXYEE6BON3WGK6KEGT4 Elizabeth

          Gabriella … you just made my day! I’ve always loved Dafoe’s hair (in a jealous, wish I had that kind of hair way). I would totally join the Hellfollicle Club! Where do I sign?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_64HSRZWCSJ5RBFGCWDLFQOICYM G

    What a week; first Brad Pitt, now Willem Dafoe.  Something for everyone!  Thank you TLo.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=678337501 Carla Axtman

      I LOVE the cover shot. His eyes jump right off the frame. Genius.

  • famousamy

    I love how he looks like a completely different person depending on how the light hits him.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Patrick-Cleary/1201575213 Patrick Cleary

       It’s in those amazing angles in his face.

    • http://vhanna26.typepad.com Vera

      He’s such an amazing actor.

  • theblondette

    HOLY MOLEY, he looks fantastic. That second picture is incredible.

  • http://twitter.com/foodycatAlicia foodycatAlicia

    He’s magnetic really, isn’t he?

    • RebeccaKW

       Thank you.  I was trying to think of it…magnetic.  He commands every shot.

      He’s not traditionally ‘handsome.’  But he is so attractive.  I think he’s so hot. 

      He looks so amazing in those tuxedos.

      • mike__tv

        um, his very traditionally handsome. 

        • http://www.facebook.com/fiddlecub Kevin VanOrd

          I wouldn’t use the term “traditionally handsome,” either. Deep creases, the very wide philtrum (that is, the area where the mustache grows), asymmetrical features, and so on–they are not aspects one usually associates with traditional good looks. Yet he’s enthralling to look at and very attractive to me. There are plenty of actors I don’t think of as good looking in the way we usually use that term (Sean Penn, Jeremy Renner, Christopher Walken, Jack Nicholson) that I think nonetheless exude sexuality and masculinity in ways that make them very appealing. 

          • mike__tv

            If you google “young william dafoe” you’ll see his features are traditionally handsome. Strong nose, jaw, cheekbones,eyebrows. Was he pretty? no, traditionally handsome, basically. He’s just old now, and he looks good for an old guy. 

          • http://profiles.google.com/ameliaheartsu Amelia Logan

            I would totally disagree, He is still untraditional looking even when he is young, just fewer wrinkles.

          • http://twitter.com/foodycatAlicia foodycatAlicia

            That’s really not “traditionally handsome” – broad jaw, short nose, wide mouth, not very symmetrical

          • PeaceBang

            Yes — he’s gorgeously Simian. 

    • B_C_J

      I think you have selected the correct adjective. He possesses a quality that draws your eye to him despite the fact that he is not conventionally handsome. 

      • http://twitter.com/foodycatAlicia foodycatAlicia

         Thanks – I was giving it a lot of thought! He’s not at all conventionally handsome, and I wouldn’t even say he’s attractive (i.e, I don’t necessarily want to shag him) but I can’t look away.

  • amf0001

    very shakesperian..

    • NinaBoo

      First thing I thought was, “Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio. A fellow of most infinite jest, of most excellent fancy.”

    • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

      Almost too Shakespearian.  I can’t help but be reminded of Jon Lovitz’s “Master Thespian” on SNL.

      • MoHub


  • ojosazules

    I love the clothes he has on. 

  • dorothea_brooke

    I die!/rachelzoevoice. He’s absurdly sexy. And, yes the hands.

  • jmorino08

    I saw him in an airport once. He’s so intimidating looking for having such a small-stature.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2CNDPMVO4W23R5TVC2QMTJ5BZE Heather

      Is he a shortie? I wouldn’t have thought, but then a lot of actors are.

      I saw Sean Penn once in ‘real life’ in Malibu – was amazed how different he looks in person (also petite, grey hair), but very penetrating blue eyes. And Ethan Hawke, who I saw on the subway (!) once in NYC many years ago, is one of the best-looking people I’ve ever seen in person. It’s interesting how actors’ looks transform between film/print and reality.

  • http://twitter.com/jaythenerdkid Aaminah Khan

    He is just oozing charisma. Spectacular.

  • MilaXX

    I’m disappointed. Typically a less than pretty face makes for interesting photos, but this looks like that same face in every single shot.

  • moppet

    I really get the feeling that he is projecting a different character in every shot. That’s acting, y’all. 

  • Vanja

    Gorgeous, he’s very photogenic! 

  • Lilithcat

    Now that’s a face!  

    Maybe it’s the Rome connection, but I feel as though he’s channeling Baron Scarpia.

    • momogus

      Golly! That would be one swoony “Tosca”!

  • Bozhi

    I love this guy.

  • A B

    He is so very strange.  Great, evocotive photographs though.

    • http://profiles.google.com/ameliaheartsu Amelia Logan

      Enthralling but weird/creepy, he should play dracula.

      • IMNAngryLiberal

        He did play a vampire, brilliantly, in Shadow of the Vampire.  (Which is an awesome movie and everyone ought to watch it on Halloween every year.)

        • joything

          Ditto.  Shadow of the Vampire rocked absolutely.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            Dafoe was fabulous in Shadow of the Vampire-IMHO, the main reason to see the movie. He’s mesmerizing.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1208138556 Sara Munoz Munoz

          This spread makes me wan to see it again…

        • Rrroza

          When reading The Vampire Lestat so many mnay years ago, I really pictured him. Or maybe Rutger Hauer.

  • buddy100

    Cool. I love it. Character and mesmerizing force instead of bland TEH SMEXXIE. His expression is intense and challenges you to figure out the shoot’s narrative. Now if only our female models were allowed to look this interesting.

    Hate to play the gender card, but it’s true.


    • Becca Cleary

      we would never allow a woman with such an interesting and atypical face get to his level of fame.

      • MoHub

         Ya know, that’s the first thought that crossed my mind as well. At least not in this country; maybe in the UK.

        • buddy100

           Truth. Quoted.

      • http://profiles.google.com/ameliaheartsu Amelia Logan

        Tilda Swinton?

        • MoHub

           I’m even thinking Janine Duvitski, who played Jane on Waiting for God. Almost downright homely but terribly appealing, and she got her man in the end.

  • LondonMarriott

    Woooow.  I wouldn’t be surprised if he got a lot of work just based on this spread.  So strong and charismatic.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/J2VE4NE2FY2BP4QD2XOYKJGLPI Laura

    Truly awesome

  • http://CallMeJane.com/ CallMeJane

    I would love to see him in a romantic lead.  Has he ever?  

    • Sarah Boshear

      Years ago he was in a costume melodrama called “Victory”. As I recall, it’s about Dafoe protecting a lady violinist from evil Sam Neill while rocking some serious facial hair.

  • J. Preposterice

    Dafoe is one of those people who always seems THERE behind his eyes, THERE in every line of his face and body.  

  • Snailstsichr

    He is so wonderfully wack-a-doodle, I have this secret fear that he is ultra everyman in real life – like he could have an earnest conversation about lawn care or buying socks in bulk.

    Thanks guys – this was delish.

  • http://cheekypinky.wordpress.com/ Rebecca

    Sometimes, I just want to cradle Willem’s face and be all, “Alas, Poor Yorick.”

  • StellaZafella

    It’s so severe, so…dangerous…I shouldn’t be attracted to this     I know I shouldn’t     I really shouldn’t   … shouldn’t.

    It’s always been the same for me with the Carradines and Peter Fonda.

  • jilly_d

    Luv. Him. “THERE WAS A FIREFIGHT!!!”

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/OF5UVSD5VFKMO2HHHRPMWZSEBY Deb

      My favorite of DaFoe… he was brilliantly manic! 

  • crash1212

    He creeps me out. Full stop. Nice hands, though.

  • VicksieDo

    His countenance and presence are so intense, he’s kind of scary!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/37TPKASIMXVUPYK5BNQFOL43KU Carina

    Every shot says ‘actor’. He can eat today’s ‘leading men’ for breakfast. 

  • http://twitter.com/Lily1129 Lily

    Gah I could look at everything he does all day long. He fascinates me.

  • joything

    My God.
    Number 7, where he’s draped in Mrs. O’Hara’s portieres, his face recalls the scarysexy qualities of Charlton Heston in his prime.

    I once saw him in a restaurant in Greenwich Village – he had on a watchcap and nothing clothes, out for a Dad Day … and the face he gave me was, “Ah, shit, please don’t fucking recognize me, I’m private here.” It was painful to avert my eyes, but I did.  That face. 

  • Winter_White

    There was an article in the NYTimes several years ago about the concept of “joli(e)-laid(e).”  It focused on women…I’m thinking that if the piece had been about men, Willem Dafoe would’ve been Exhibit A.

    (The article was from 2005, titled “The Unfairest of Them All.”  That, plus “New York Times” should bring it up in Google.)

    • pookiesmom

      What is “joli(e)-laid(e)”?

      • Winter_White

        It’s a French phrase (joli-laid is the masculine form; jolie-laide the feminine).  To quote the article I referenced, it “translates literally into the clunking phrase ‘pretty-ugly,’ but connotes something more lyrical, even transcendent.”

        Tilda is a female example:  a fascinating face that you want to keep looking at!  Your brain wants to ‘figure it out’…but that will be impossible, because beauty is a mystery.  

        • formerlyAnon

          I’ve heard Edith Piaf cited as the cardinal example. 

          For our times, I’d nominate Patti Smith.

          • Winter_White

            Just looked up Edith Piaf to remind myself what she really looked like.  (There’s nothing laide about Marion Cotillard!) :)   Did you know EP was only 4’8″ ?!

  • Trisha26

    That is an actor and some great lighting – he looks every age from 40 to 80 in these shots.

  • guest2visits

    Fantastically interesting and compelling face. These photos are a movie of their own.

  • Lisa Kramp

    I’ve wanted to cut my lips on those cheekbones of his for years. Wonderful pics.

  • RoxieRider

    That’s a f***ing master class. In acting, modeling, and owning your look. Bravo.

  • LordZoe

    he really should have been cast as keira’s love interest in anna karenina- if that blond kid had had as much presence as this guy, you might have understood her going so nuts over him.

  • Pants_are_a_must

    The dramatic, chiseled Denis Leary, with cheekbones that can cut through paper.

  • Le_Sigh

    Damn – what charisma

  • nancy

     What a wonderful surprise for my boring Friday afternoon! Oh how I love this man, he has always been one of my most favorite men in Hollywood. This is an amazing set of photos, I can’t stop looking at them!

  • up with pod people

    Unf he is glorious.

  • DesertRodent

    First impression: He’s ugly-handsome and old enough to play Rochester.

    • kimmeister

      Oooh, I’d watch that.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        I would love to see Dafoe as Rochester-he’d be magnificent, I think.

    • Elizabetta1022

      He would be the perfect Rochester. 

  • Qitkat

    This is an awesome photoshoot. A man’s man.

  • http://vhanna26.typepad.com Vera

    He fascinates me.

  • Louise Bryan

    What a truly scary looking man.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=4501978 Martha Jackson Deutsch

    Can you even imagine a woman being allowed to look like this in a magazine? Wrinkles tell a story. They make him look so … beautiful.

    • pookiesmom

      THIS. I made a similar comment before reading yours. So true. 

  • frannyprof

    If I saw him in a dark alley, I would be terrified. And then I would want to jump his bones. Soooooo sexy.

  • http://twitter.com/PhDKnitter marlie

     Good lord I love this man.

  • lucasuk82

    I don’t know – he’s giving me HR Giger vibes, and that does not make my boyparts tingle.

  • http://typicalgirlink.wordpress.com/ Dorothy Damage

    What great photos, I adore him! I met him once after seeing one of his plays, he’s absolutely mesmerising (and tiny).  He’s also absolutely darling to his fans.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sonja-Brisson/1156967466 Sonja Brisson

    Razor-cheekbone-man. Luuuuurrrrve him. 

  • andreawey

    Did anybody see that crazy movie antichrist that he was in…….creepy and weird…… he’s very manly tho’ 

    • boweryboy

      Ooof.  Lars Von Trier.  He’s a polarizing director in my household.

  • quiltrx

    His face has the most incredible angles!  And men don’t have to have theirs Photoshopped out, thank heavens.  I’ve always thought he has a great ability to act (and communicate) non-verbally…makes perfect sense he’d be a fabulous model.  But we already knew that, right?

    Plus, he has FABULOUS hair.  Almost Daryl Hall perfection level.

  • boweryboy

    It’s weird…I don’t find him attractive at all, but he makes my pants move in unimaginable ways. 

  • Susan Crawford

    Gorgeous photos of an amazing actor. I’ve been enthralled by Dafoe for years – in fact, I would gladly watch him read from the phone book for a couple of hours if I could sit right up front and see those deep, hooded eyes and those strong, graceful hands. *sigh*

  • AnnPopovic

    Ugh. I have loved the idea of that man for going on 20 years…and even through Speed 2…And he is STILL the most beautiful thing I have ever seen. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=768540908 Badriya Al-Badi’a


  • unbornfawn

    THIS is how you give face! Love him!

  • http://twitter.com/AllForUSophia AllForUSophia

    Saw him speak at a film festival once and he’s captivating! Truly amazing artist! And that face…

  • https://twitter.com/LisaF1163 Lisa

    Such a beautiful man!  This is just amazing!

  • formerlyAnon

    He’s riveting. In these or in far less interesting poses.

    These look like photos from back in the day when dramatic poses of actors were in vogue. Back when they sold to people who could only see actors on stage, live, not served up 24-7 on screen & monitor.
    And by dramatic, I mean DRAMATIC.

    I love ’em, but half the appeal is the novelty.

  • SayWTH

    Willem Dafoe has ALWAYS creeped me out in a good way. A VERY good way!!

  • pookiesmom

    Not to turn this into an “issue” post, but I would LOVE to see an editorial like this one for some of the older famous ladystars, rather than the airbrushed-beyond-recognition spreads we get of Meryl Streep and the like.

    He looks amazing, there’s so much character and depth to his face. It just struck me as sad how much a spread like this could not happen for a woman.

  • Rrroza

    Nice series. Pic #6 (counting cover) he’s doing an Egon Schiele hand position.

  • Tigerfly


  • lesmaha

    sigh. Love him.

  • siriuslover

    Wow, each picture is so expressive and seems to suggest different ages of him.

  • http://twitter.com/Nanskatoon Nancy Skaggs

    Who knew, back in 1984, when he rocked one of my favorite guilty-pleasure movies?  http://filmfanatic.org/reviews/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/streets-fire-defoe.jpg

  • librarygrrl64

    He is so interesting looking. Like a sculpture.

  • http://www.fatladysings.us/ TFLS

    A number of years ago Dafoe did an experimental production of Eugene O’Neill’s ‘The Hairy Ape’.  Now – labeling anything by O’Neil ‘experimental’ is kind of an oxymoron in itself – but Dafoe really took it outside the lines.  I’ve never forgotten it.  You know, there are productions and performances that just stay in your mind forever (Merel Streep and Raul Julia’s 1978 ‘Taming of the Shrew’ comes to mind).  But Dafoe’s ‘Hairy Ape’?  It just stopped me dead.  And not just the performances.  The whole thing was visually stunning.  It truly engaged all the senses.  The man’s fabulous.  I’ll go see anything he does. 

    Wonderful pictures, guys.  His face has such character.  Thanks for posting this.   

  • http://www.facebook.com/renate.yerkes Renate Yerkes

    I love this man. He dignifies the art of acting. Especially in “Mr. Bean’s Holiday”! It may be his best appearance, no joke.

  • altissima

    Fab. U. Lous.