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Movies: In the frame; 10 THINGS YOU HAVE TO KNOW ABOUT... WILLEM DAFOE.

Byline: DAVID EDWARDS

1 Although born William (in July 1955) his school nickname of Willem stuck.

2 From 1977, he dated actress Elizabeth LeCompte. They had a son, Jack, in 1982. He's now g His big-screen debut was in one of Hollywood's biggest flops, Heaven's Gate. Fortunately, his scenes were cut from the final print.

4 He was struck down by yellow fever and had 24 hours of delirium while filming the 1986 movie Platoon.

5 After playing Jesus in Martin Scorsese's 1988 film, The Last Temptation Of Christ, he said, "I still can't believe I was so brazen to think I could pull off the Jesus role."

6 He's thought to have been killed onscreen more often than any other actor after biting the bullet in Platoon, Spider-Man, Once Upon A Time In Mexico, The Last Temptation Of Christ and Shadow Of The Vampire.

7 A vegetarian, he also practices yoga.

8 In 2001, he won a Best Actor Oscar nomination playing a bloodsucker in Shadow Of The Vampire. He was nominated for the same honour for Platoon 14 years earlier.

9 As the Green Goblin in Spider-Man, he did most of his own stunts.

10 His next film will be the thriller Control. Also starring Ray Liotta, it focuses on a Death Row inmate who's offered a reprieve if he takes part in a behavioural modification programme.

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Willem in new film The Life Aquatic; Vampire (left) and the Green Goblin; Last Temptation
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Feb 25, 2005
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