"I always like to mix it up," he told reporters in New York recently. "It's like anything. If you're eating pasta for a week eventually, you're going to crave something else. A balanced diet of different roles, different stories, different kinds of movies; I think it's a way to stay healthy artistically and career-wise."
Dafoe said he didn't know if that meant playing the Green Goblin in "Spider-Man" would help attract moviegoers to smaller movies like his new medieval murder drama, "The Reckoning," but said he does think it has its benefits.
"I think there is some pragmatic career consideration about if you do a 'Spider-Man' then, when it's time to sell 'The Reckoning' to Bulgaria, they know who Willem Dafoe is, not because of 'The Reckoning,' but because of 'Spider-Man.' It's pragmatic," he explained. "When you do a big movie, it's got huge PR muscle. Your name gets out there. You get to foreign markets. People recognize you."
"The Reckoning" is in theaters now.
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