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Episode 173: Nerdist Podcast
Willem Dafoe
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Nerdist Podcast #173: Willem Dafoe

A sit-down chat with Willem Dafoe about emotional flexibility, Appleton, Wisconsin, and giant billboards. He also gives us a glimpse of what’s going on inside the head of the Green Goblin and talks about a brush with a stand-up comedy career. This episode is a full, delicious meal!

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  1. JetpackBlues says:

    I hope you guys see this. Willem Dafoe has another movie coming out today through IFC called 4:44 Last Day On Earth. It’s about knowing the date and time the world will end and it looks compelling as hell.

  2. CMoss says:

    His eyes will haunt my nightmares.


  3. Ben says:

    @jason CLASSIC shithead.

  4. JonBoy says:

    Loved his ‘stand up’ piece!!

  5. Jason says:

    And, as always, Willem Dafoe is a shithead.

  6. Iain says:

    This is so awesome. Such a great actor. I’m glad to see people taking notice of the podcast and are requesting to be on it.

  7. SayntMykl says:

    First time posting: Thoroughly enjoyed it! I’ve been a fan of Willem Dafoe since his young, unknown cameo in ‘The Hunger’ (1982) when he asks Susan Sarandon’s character “Hey lady, how bout it?” Also enjoyed ‘Shadow of the Vampire’ and ‘Wild At Heart’ immensely! Keep gettin’ them good guest, fellas! XD

  8. spider jokes says:

    If he was worried about being typecast as the bad guy, how come he never thought to change his last name to something other than Da Foe?

  9. three toes of fury says:

    you know how sometimes actors portray strong/intense/unique/bizzare characters and you wonder about how much of that comes from the person themselves? In the case of Willem D, the jury has returned with a verdict: he’s even wackier than his characters (#this-is-a-good-thing!). The final exchange with our nerdist crew, in which he tests out some of his stand up material, is inspired, bizarre, and friggin hilarious.


  10. MaryW says:

    That was very enjoyable!

  11. Lance says:

    I haven’t listened yet, but, I hope you asked him about his creepy fucking character in Auto Focus.

  12. Rogue says:

    This episode blew my mind. Willem Dafoe has quite the impressive record and I can’t imagine trying to run a podcast with him. I’d be so intimidated. He’s so brilliant.

  13. Stephanie says:

    Holy shit! Nice catch, Chris! This is fabulous way to start the day.

  14. J. Smith says:

    Chris…one day someone is going to wake up and see just how good you really are at these little interviews. Honestly, this was just great.

  15. Ryan says:

    Willem Dafoe is a hell of a get, guys. Congratulations. He was awesome.

    Now let’s go for the brass ring and get Bruce Campbell!

  16. Felix says:

    If I made a list of people I’d never expect to be on Nerdist, Willem Dafoe would certainly be on it. This was a pleasant surprise and a great interview.

    Wait….Jonah was there right? I barely heard him speak more than a few words.

  17. Colin says:

    I was intrigued by one of the lines in the intro to this episode where Chris said he was asked if he wanted to have Willem Dafoe on the podcast.

    I don’t remember that ever coming up in previous podcasts (please correct me if I’m wrong)

    Is this a new level-up for the podcast where famous, amazing people seek out Nerdist? That’s fantastic.

    Chris, I give you 6 months before you’ve taken over the world with Nerdist-ness!

  18. mattapodaca says:

    Holly balls! This is amazing. I squeed so loud when he said that he had heard an episode of the podcast. Great get, guys!

  19. vincent says:

    sweet Thanks!

  20. Max says:

    My first reaction upon seeing William Dafoe’s face on the upper right corner of the page was “what the fuck!”. Of course in an amazed manner.

  21. Ben Clarkson says:

    I don’t know what it is about the man, but when I saw the above picture I made a “squeeeeee” sound of joy.

  22. Redsonja1313 says:

    oooh yeaaa—I love him—now if you can just get Seth Green and Gary Oldman–my life would be complete !!

  23. Kerriann says:

    Oh the ever so subtle mispronunciation….”Melwaukee, Wesconsin”.

  24. Reed says:

    This…Is… Awesome.

    Also, if anyone hasn’t seen Fishing With John, it’s amazingly weird and hilarious. Willem Dafoe’s episode is one of the best.

  25. three toes of fury says:

    BJ: ahhh! a Boondock Saints video game!? Genius! I cant wait for the opening shot of the brothers with their guns at the screen towards the player…..

    “And Shepherds we shall be
    For Thee my Lord, for Thee.
    Power hath descended forth from Thy hand,
    Our feet may swiftly carry out Thy commands,
    So we shall flow a river forth to Thee,
    And teeming with souls shall it ever be.
    In Nomine Patri, Et Fili, Et Spiritus Sancti.”

  26. nerdposer92 says:

    th…thank you

  27. MichaelH says:

    Can this podcast get tagged as a humblebrag just for the lack of build up to it? ‘Hey guys, here’s a podcast, it’s just Willem Defoe, no biggie, so how are you all doing?’

    Downloaded, commencing with the listening!

  28. Justin says:

    My reaction when seeing it’s Willem Dafoe: Holy Shit!

    Listening now.

  29. Beetlebrox says:

    Downloaded on my iphone, and ready for my ear holes.

  30. three toes of fury says:

    I want to listen to this podcast. I really do. Unfortunately i’m currently in a frozen state of fixation, hypnosis, and utter terror, staring at the photo above. I swear if you stare at it long enough, every so often it quickly morphs into angry-dafoe and screams “AVENGE ME!!!”.