Willem Dafoe who’s playing Nuidis Vulko in Aquaman, was recently interviewed by Collider regarding his most current film, the Netflix movie Death Note.
In the interview was asked on the difference between the Marvel and DC universe, as Dafoe played the Green Goblin in Sam Rami’s Spider-man, in which Dafoe says he hasn’t thought too much on the differences, he just goes for the projects that interest him.
Defoe was then asked if working with James Wan part of the appeal of taking on the role in Aquaman, in which Dafoe goes on to confirm he was signed on before Wan was onboard as director, then goes on to say that Wan reminds him of Sam Rami.
I love the enthusiasm of James Wan and the love of films that he clearly has. Was working with him part of the appeal?
DAFOE: You know what? I think I may have even signed on before James Wan was on board, but he’s great. I agree, his enthusiasm is fantastic. In fact, his enthusiasm reminds me, very much, of Sam Raimi’s enthusiasm, to make a connection there. When I made Spider-Man with Sam Raimi, one of the most impressive things was that it didn’t feel like an industry film. It felt like a personal film. It felt like Sam Raimi was getting to fulfill a fantasy of his. He was so connected to that Spider-Man mythology that he really infused it with great love and great playfulness, and I love that. James Wan is very similar. The other thing about James Wan that’s so impressive, and I think you can see it in his movies, is that he’s very precise. He really knows exactly what he wants, which is particularly a great asset when you’re making a movie that’s so technologically complicated. He can be very clear, and it’s fun to play the game of having him give you an ask and trying to satisfy that ask. He gives you some things to play with and a good story. I’m on a little break right now, but I go back to Australia tonight (August 18th) to finish the movie, and I’ll work for another month.