Willem Dafoe: I like to mix it up

March 15, 2004 at 10:41 PM

NEW YORK, March 15 (UPI) -- U.S. actor Willem Dafoe says when it comes to choosing movie roles, he likes to alternate between arthouse fare and studio feature films.

"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.

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Topics: Willem Dafoe
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner vacation amid divorce announcement
Amy Schumer nails 'Real Housewives' audition
Katy Perry, ex-boyfriend John Mayer cozy up at concert
Kourtney Kardashian breaks it off with Scott Disick
Hugh Jackman's wife bans actor from working with Angelina Jolie