Willem Dafoe at “The Budapest Hotel” NY Premiere

Posted on February 28, 2014

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[Photo Credit: Kristin Callahan/ACE/INFphoto, Neilson Barnard/GettyImages]

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  • Griffinqueen

    Love the jacket. It’s nice to see him on TLO!

  • @Biting Panda

    He may be a nice man, he may be a nice dresser, but I swear he always looks seconds away from murder and mayhem.

    • Glam Dixie

      It’s the classic movie villain face.

    • RedRaven617

      My thoughts exactly.

    • Griffinqueen

      If you see him in interviews, he is the loveliest and gentlest of men. But he also taps into that scary intensity so easily! A great actor.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        I fondly remember Dafoe as the most genuinely chlling of vampires in “Shadow of The Vampire”.

        • not_Bridget

          Indeed. And I vividly remember his first screen appearance, in that weird classic “Streets of Fire.” Just looking at his face, as he gazed at the Star he was going to kidnap, told the audience he was TROUBLE….

          • H2olovngrl

            I still love that movie. Michael Pare, soooo hot!

        • jen_vasm

          I just saw that this week!! Hilarious, weird and creepy-loved it. Dafoe nailed Max Schrek. Love this look-kudos to correctly hemmed pants.

      • H2olovngrl

        There are interviews with Christopher Walken where you get the same vibe, lovely, funny, happily married for a zillion years, and completely down to earth, however, there is still that THING, ya know?

    • YoungSally

      He’s in my “I’m worried they are creepy” actor club along John Malkovich and the always a little scary Christopher Walken. But each an amazing actor.

    • FeminineLipstique

      I think that’s great.

    • frumpybiscuits

      Awww, I was just thinking he was looking particularly elfin.

  • That love letter to Julia Louis-Dreyfus in the earlier post today? Willem clearly has the same “it’s my face, this is my age, deal with it” ethic, and he too deserves a shout-out for it. Maybe his hair is a little too sculpted and short, though. If someone makes a biopic of Peter O’Toole in the next couple of years, Willem would be a great casting choice. And I love the jacket!

    • joything

      I gasped when you said “O’Toole biopic.” Of course. My Crazyscaryman is the only choice.

    • @Biting Panda

      I think the known character actors get a real pass. They’re expected to age and get craggy. So again, not only ageism for women, but tainted with sexist too. You’re right though, he’s looking great and real.

    • The thing about Willem Dafoe is he’s looked exactly like this for 15 years – I think he is now reaching the age he was always meant to be.

  • KateShouldBeWorking

    It’s all well-fit and event-appropriate but some contrast was needed here.

  • hughman

    “with Willem Dafoe as Dame Judy Dench..,”

  • Glam Dixie

    Is that a corduroy jacket? I’m not sure I can get behind a corduroy jacket.

    • kimmeister

      I don’t see any wale to it in the closeups; I think it’s velveteen or something in that family?

  • Tanya Wade

    Such a pretty Mephisto…..

  • joything

    I think his eyebrows are drawn on. They may be much fainter IRL. S’okay – it makes his blue eyes that much scarier!

  • PastryGoddess

    I think I like him with lots of hair. The Julius Caesar look is not for him. But man, that FACE is amazing

    • ellisd123

      His face is one of my absolute favorites, always has been. So much character!

  • MilaXX

    Serial killer

  • VicD

    Him teamed with Wes Anderson – I cannot wait!!

  • As much as I love the pieces, and his haircut, the jacket seems a little too long. It’s making him look shorter, and a bit Frankenstein’s monster-y. Or Herman Munster-y. He needs some color to take it out of Halloweentown. Maybe a great two-tone wingtip in slate blue and black or a navy tee (though the tee itself is a bit too casual, Mr. Dafoe.) Can’t do a pocket square with a t-shirt.

  • avabee

    Y’all take a listen, you’ll hear the deep sound comin’ down from Bobby Peru…

  • Nicole Little

    I think he’s hot. Should I seek treatment?

    • Sally Stockwell Oshima


  • PeaceBang

    That is one of the greatest faces.

  • jilly_d

    I like this, but I can’t tell if it’s because the outfit is good, or because I just love him so very much.

    • altissima

      Likely it’s both.

  • Viviennne

    a lovely man

  • stellamaris73

    Those beautiful eyes. He radiates intelligence.

  • Monabel

    Looks good to me. Wouldn’t change a thing.

  • boweryboy


  • formerlyAnon

    He looks like a real person who’s lived a real life – and who one would be fortunate to call friend or relation. Since he’s also a good actor, what more praise is necessary?

  • unbornfawn

    Love him. Not crazy about the haircut.

  • decormaven

    Looks healthy & happy- glad to see him on TLo.

  • quiltrx

    I like him with a bit of a wavy mane…but I love him no matter what. He has such a fascinating face–which makes him such a great non-verbal actor (along with the excellence when he opens his mouth!).
    And I don’t know how I missed all this…but with him and Ralph I had to go look at the cast list. Man, my heart picked up the pace just reading it. I hope this movie is as great as the cast list!

  • ashtangajunkie

    That’s a great face.

  • MichelleRafter

    If only he would have worn jeans or some other color T-shirt and pant…otherwise, love the jacket, haircut, and those eyes!

  • Sally Stockwell Oshima

    Off topic gossip, but Liam Neeson said Mr Dafoe deserves the prize for best endowed.

  • MoHub

    Love Dafoe, but he needs to step away from the hair dye.

  • Slowfish57

    What I really want from these “Grand Hotel” shots is the model of the hotel.

  • Charles

    Gurl is making me thirsty just by smiling and having that haircut.

  • Kerry McCombs

    I love him. LOVE HIM.