‘Platoon’ star Willem Dafoe breaks down his famous death scene from Oliver Stone’s 1986 Vietnam War classic

In case you somehow forgot, Spider-Man: There is no room for home It provides further evidence of why Willem Dafoe is one of the best actors of this generation – or really any other. And it’s only fitting that the superhero sequel will be shown in theaters 35 years after Dafoe’s outstanding performance in Oliver Stone’s detachment. Released on December 19, 1986, the movie set in the Vietnam War gave the 31-year-old actor one of the most famous death scenes ever filmed. “I think this is a very touching scene because of the music and the way it’s filmed — it’s a beautiful way,” Dafoe told Yahoo Entertainment in 2016. role call interview. (Watch the video above).

Based on Stone’s wartime experiences in Vietnam, detachment Stars Dafoe as Sgt. Elias, whose sober style distinguishes him from his violently prone fellow officer, Sgt. Barnes (Tom Berenger). Halfway through the film, Barnes is betrayed and mortally wounded by Barnes, who tells the rest of the platoon – including its newest member, Chris Taylor (Charlie Sheen) – that he was killed in action.

As their helicopter took off, though, they saw Elias racing through the trees being pursued by North Vietnamese troops who shot him in the back. The sergeant falls to his knees and extends his arms to the sky during his death – an instantly memorable image immortalized on the movie poster. Dafoe and Berenger went on to receive Best Supporting Actor nominations at that year’s Academy Awards, while Stone won Best Director and detachment Itself took home the best picture.

Willem Dafoe’s death status is immortalized on detachment attached. (Photo: © Orion Pictures / Courtesy: Everett Collection)

It’s also an image Dafoe insists was never planned. “For me, it was a purely physical thing,” the actor explained. “The gesture of reaching for the sky, that’s not something we’re talking about. It’s purely practical: the helicopter is there, and you want to get there.”

“It’s funny, later I heard a lot of people say that Oliver Stone took it [pose] From the picture of the war “Continued Dafoe.” But this is not true! It was totally functional and then once we got that picture and once the sequence got really strong, I think it became a nice iconic and iconic image for the movie.”

In a recent interview with Yahoo Entertainment, Stone agreed that Dafoe most likely came up with this situation on his own. “I think he did, and he’s creative,” said the director. “You never know what those shots were going to be, you know? We were shooting really fast and under pressure, but it caught the photographer’s attention. Maybe it was a little melodramatic to tell you the truth: I mean, how many times could he shoot and do that?” But it is definitely unforgettable.”

Willem Dafoe, Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger, stars in Oliver Stone's Platoon, which celebrates its 35th anniversary this year.  (Photo: Orion Pictures/Courtesy: Everett Collection)

Willem Dafoe, Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger starring Oliver Stone detachmentwhich celebrates its thirty-fifth anniversary this year. (Photo: Orion Pictures/Courtesy: Everett Collection)

Speaking of Dafoe’s memorable double performance as Norman Osborne and Green Goblin in 2002 Spider Man He immediately put it on the list of great movie villains. Spidey fans cheered his decision to dust off his Goblin gear after nearly two decades. There is no place for home, which features a moment reminiscent of the famous mirror sequence from the Sam Raimi movie where Dafoe plays both sides of Norman’s character at the same time.

“The task of playing a scene with yourself — is not new,” Dafoe said of this scene in 2016. But trying to do it in one take and going back in time, dancing with the camera and playing the two characters, was a lot of fun. I remember Sam Raimi gave me Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde He said, “Read this before you do the scene. And I did! It was useful.”

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