What's news: The #MeToo movement is changing the way Hollywood makes deals. Plus: Game of Thrones meets Star Wars, Black Panther sales skyrocket and Willem Dafoe covers the new issue. — Ray Rahman
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On the cover: Willem Dafoe, the enigmatic Florida Project star and Oscar underdog who just wants to "disappear." Ben Svetkey writes:
Here is a typical day in the life of Willem Dafoe: He wakes up early, usually around 5 or 6 a.m. He meditates, has a cup of coffee and writes in his journal for a while. Then he checks his email, does some yoga and makes breakfast. If he's prepping for a film, which he almost always is, he'll go over his lines for a couple of hours. If he's not, he'll read a book, take a walk around his West Village neighborhood or — his favorite activity of all — do some laundry.
"It's one of my great pleasures," he says, dead serious. "I love it so much, I have to resist the urge to do a lot of hand washing when I'm in hotels. Sometimes, when I'm in a strange city, I go to laundromats. I did that in France recently — I was shooting a movie there — and it was a beautiful experience. For some reason, people are really nice to me in laundromats and I have these great encounters. Talk about fun and sexy." Full story | Video
+ On changing his name: As a teenager in Appleton, Wis., William was called Bill, or sometimes Billy, and there was a period during his early childhood when his older brothers teased him with the nickname "Bleeblob." "It's not like I was looking around for a stage name," Dafoe says, "But I knew that I didn't want to be a William or a Bill or a Billy."
+ Almost playing the Joker: He was considered for 1989’s Batman, until Jack Nicholson snagged the role: "[Screenwriter Sam] Hamm said something about how physically I would be perfect for the part, but they never offered it to me.”
+ On his demeanor: "I’m like the boy next door, if you live next door to a mausoleum."
+ Oliver Stone: "He's not a movie star. He's not good-looking in that way. But that's why he's still working. He hasn't fallen into the movie star trap. He's stayed an actor."
+ Sean Baker: "When I cast Willem, everyone was like, ‘Oh no, he’s a villain, he’s a bad guy.' But Willem made the character his own. He came down to Florida a week early and picked out his wardrobe — he’s the one who came up with the sunglasses — and met with actual hotel managers around the area, looking for inspiration. And he was great with the kids."