“At Eternity’s Gate” Star Willem Dafoe Covers the Fall + Winter Issue of Esquire’s Big Black Book

Posted on October 02, 2018

“At Eternity’s Gate” star Willem Dafoe covers the Fall + Winter issue of Esquire’s Big Black Book photographed by Marc Hom and styled by Matthew Marden.

 

 

On NYC, where he has lived since 1977: “I love this city, but it’s only because it’s a place of entry and an international city that it still has any culture at all, because what really rules? You go down the West Side Highway and you see those buildings going up, and it’s like, who’s gonna live in these? What do they cost? What’s going on? New York is dear to me but it’s changed so much. For me, it’s a city of memories and ghosts.”

On growing up in Appleton, WI: “Basically, my sisters raised me. We never had family meals, except maybe on Sundays. My mother would cook a big something or other and just put it in the refrigerator, and you’d slice off something and eat it.”

On taking on the role of the Green Goblin in Spider-Man: “I remember friends were like, ‘Really? A comic book?’ When you look back on that, it’s pretty funny. They’re getting bigger, bigger, bigger.”

On franchise filmmaking: “It’s really scary. We aren’t that far from an age where there’s ten people sitting around a room deciding what people want. Because they have the numbers.”

On the challenges of painting on camera as Van Gogh: “[Julian Schnabel, the director and painter] was very generous because he’s a strong personality, and you know goddamn well he wishes he was doing the painting. Sometimes he even talked to me while I’m doing it. ‘Go for the burnt umber! Mix it with the raw sienna!’”

On whether he has been tempted to make TV shows: “Not at all.”

On his yoga ritual: “It takes about an hour and a half, so sometimes that means getting up at 3:00 a.m. Maybe I’ll try to do it at lunch if there’s a very long setup, but it depends on whether you’ve got a costume or makeup. Sometimes it’s impossible.”

 

 

 

 

Style Credits:
1st Image: Dries Van Noten Shirt from the Fall 2018 Collection
2nd Image: Tom Ford Ensemble from the Fall 2018 Collection

[Photo Credit: Marc Hom/Esquire Magazine, vogue.com]

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