The Hunter is a story about a man named Martin, a mercenary with great skills sent on a mission to hunt a tiger in the Tasmanian wilderness. This said tiger was believed to extinct and Martin was hired by an anonymous company who are in need of the tiger’s DNA. His mission starts to reveal deadly secrets as he grows attached to a family he is staying with and the conspiracy behind the said assignment. Let’s take a look at an interview with Willem Dafoe, star of the movie: The Hunter
One On One With Willem Dafoe On His New Movie: The Hunter
“Dorri Olds: Was it difficult hunting animals in the movie?
Willem Dafoe: We weren’t really shooting at live animals. We didn’t kill anything. Corpses were taken from licensed kangaroo hunters.
Olds: You looked very natural in the hunting scenes. Do you have experience?
Dafoe: No. I grew up in Wisconsin and deer hunting is very big there. During the deer hunting season it was a real father–son ritual to go out deer hunting. At the end of the weekend you’d have that body on the hood of your car and go up and down the main drag beeping your horn. It was really kind of primitive. My father didn’t hunt. I would be left as the only boy in class for about a week. It was so much of our culture that the boys would get permission to be out of school for father–son bonding. So I’d be left in school with all the girls. [Grins]
Olds: When you played a cutoff isolated hunter with no human connection did that affect you when you weren’t working?
Dafoe: The funny thing is, as I get older, I’m more affected by roles. I used to say when the camera turns off the character goes back inside me. But I feel like now that’s less true. In a role like this, all I’m doing is filming. I’m working long days and there’s nothing else. So, of course, just by sheer immersion the character starts to haunt you and it becomes you for a period of time. Particularly when you’re working in a location where all your normal habits are broken and you have nothing to remind you of who you are normally. We’re working in quite remote areas and so what I’m dealing with is I’m applying myself to a fiction. In a funny way you’re inviting yourself to be flexible, you’re inviting transformation so it can run really deep—but not in a scary way.
Olds: Does it take away the joy of being an actor? Is it a price that you pay?
Dafoe: That is the joy of being an actor. I mean the joy of being an actor is taking on someone else’s point of view in someone else’s circumstance and imagining getting a shift in perspective. That’s what I like about films in general is that just by learning or seeing something new you say to yourself, ‘Oh, I never thought of it that way. I always thought this was this, but it’s really this.’ As an actor you actively get to do that. You have empirical evidence. It’s not just an intellectual shift of point of view. It runs deep and you experience it and that’s a beautiful thing.”
The rest of the interview can be seen at Open Salon
The Hunter will be shown in theaters this April 6th 2012 and is directed by Daniel Nettheim
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