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Dafoe in the mix

There is major Oscar buzz surrounding Willem Dafoe’s turn as a beleaguered motel manager in “The Florida Project” but it’s not the first time at the rodeo for the New York based actor.

He nabbed Best Supporting Actor nominations for “Shadow of the Vampire” in 2001 and “Platoon” all the way back in 1987.

Dafoe, 62, told Confidential at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards that the experience is mostly fun.

“It feels like you’re in the mix,” he explained. “It feels like you’re in discussion and that helps you for future opportunities.”

But Dafoe is not interested in the array of freebies foisted on nominees.

“I’m not a very materialistic person. I like to eat well, I like a nice hotel, I like a nice massage.”

He conceded that he has a nice apartment but only has the TV hooked up to basic cable “but I rarely turn it on. Pretty much, only for movies.”


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