Cast & Crew: An Article on Willem Dafoe

3 09 2008

from American Film, Oct. ’88



Cast & Crew: An article on Dale Dye

24 08 2008

DALE DYE  by Chris Neumer
QUOTE: Retired Marine Captain Dale Dye has been working in Hollywood for almost twenty years. The bounty of his tireless effort is an industry wide change toward a new and strikingly realistic approach to making movies about war. Nicknamed Captain Stanislovsky, Dye talks to Chris Neumer about dealing with studio executives, pampered actors and the importance of teamwork that is usually developed knee deep in mud.

Read the whole article

Life After ‘Platoon’

24 08 2008

Year Since Big Oscar Win Has Brought Mixed Returns to Cast
By JAY SHARBUTT, Times Staff Writer

“I definitely experienced a strange culture shock,” Whitaker said. “I didn’t fit in for a moment there. . . . It was the weirdest thing. I took quite a while to accept being really back home.”

Why? “I guess because the project was so submerging. . . . It wasn’t that easy to just let it go. We were so far into the characters and what was going on. For me, it wasn’t that easy to drop it. I was surprised that happened.”

McGinley, not readily given to open introspection, also admitted that the experience and intensity of making “Platoon” had worked on his mind.

Unlike the usual film-making methods, most of the movie was shot in sequence. Near the end of filming, he said, “there were only about eight of us left. It was a mind-boggler”–he used a far stronger word–“the way Oliver did it. Because as guys ‘died,’ they left.”

the whole article

Cast & Crew: Arnold Kopelson

25 07 2008


Quote: “Arnold is the most relentless negotiator and also the most decent human being in the business,” says one Fox executive. “Only he could have negotiated his own deal here.” Kopelson employs his intense negotiating skills in making deals for material and talent, but his relentlessness is cushioned by an almost childlike enthusiasm for his movies and the talent he mobilizes. “What sets him apart is that he’s a teddy bear,”says a top agent. “You have to love him even though he drives you crazy.”

Um… I don’t know, to me he made an impression of a predator as I saw his picture for the first time… 😉

Cast & Crew: Keith David, Willem Dafoe

20 05 2008

A website on Keith David: with little movies showing him sing. No, is NOT his email address, lol.

On Dafoe’s Wooster Group

From Dale Dye’s commentary

16 05 2008

QUOTE: Very siginificant scene in terms of Barnes’m ability to see into men’s soul from the depths of his own tortured soul. And I think Tom brought it beautifully in that character, and as you may have heard, this character is a sort of melt, of compositive of lot of guys that Oliver knew in Vietnam. And hopefully I had my (…) in there too, there is some aspects of Barnes that (…) and Tom just picked it up like a sponge, he just sucked it al in and when it was time, it would come up

– It was Tom’s idea not to talk after Sal and Sandy got blown up.

– DD seems to see Barnes and Elias as allegory for clear division between good and evil (a view that I don’t share)

– The fight in the village was fully improvised

– Taking snapshots with a camera was Dillon’s idea

Some totally new pics!

15 05 2008

It always surprises me to find something I never saw before.

QUOTE: Willem Dafoe [Sgt. Elias]: I got in a room with Oliver and he was very direct and charismatic. I liked the guy. And I think he was just looking for people to take this adventure with him. People that he knew would get behind the story and not be interested in it for money or career.

Tom Berenger [Sgt. Barnes]: One night in the Philippines, Oliver and I were having a couple of beers after dinner and he said, “I’ll tell you one thing, I was scared to death of [the actual soldier Sgt. Barnes is based on].”

Forest Whitaker [Big Harold]: When we got off the plane in Manila, it was this massive heat a force field of heat that was like, Pow! I had never been to any place like that before.”

Dafoe: The cool thing about boot camp was that it sort of paralleled the story in terms of how ill-equipped [the actors] were [at] dealing with what we were doing. That kind of became a key to understanding that all these young guys in their early twenties having to do these impossible and really horrific things and not having the preparation or understanding.

Berenger: We wouldn’t talk to the crew for about a week because they weren’t us. We had trained. They had air conditioning, clean sheets and Japanese food.

Whitaker: I talked to vets about the movie and all the guys I met said that it felt like the way it was.

Whitaker: I didn’t hate Oliver at all. I thought that he was a brilliant filmmaker. In fact, I even told him one time in Manila that I thought the movie was going to be a big success.”

Berenger: I had the strange feeling that everybody who was or had been in the military would see the film, and their families too. That’s quite a lot of people.”

Oliver Stone [director]: Platoon came out in the heart of the Reagan era and it was a shift in the paradigm. The Rambo films that had been so popular were no longer. The Oliver North scandal ironic that his name is Oliver broke a month or so before the film, so in a way, we drove a stake through the heart [of the era].”

Stone: When we went to Europe [to do publicity], there were places that were anti-American, about the military and Vietnam, and hated the movie. The intellectuals probably didn’t like it. They didn’t even want to look at it as a human film.