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Willem Dafoe Discusses Filming Underwater Scenes

Written by Tim Midura on Saturday, August 19 2017 and posted in News with Benefits

Willem Dafoe Discusses Filming Underwater Scenes

It's hard to hear him through all the water though.

Source: Screen Crush

James Wan's Aquaman won't be out for over a year, but that's not stopping Willem Dafoe from discussing his role in the film as Vulko, during a press junket for Death Note. The actor noted he'll make a brief cameo in Justice League, as the main focus would be on Aquaman.

Dafoe went on to discuss the differences between the comics Vulko and the film Vulko.

There's been some adjustments. Not even adjustments – it's like anything, you use the source material and something is born from that. But I don't really look like he does in the comic, and his role is slightly different. He is an advisor, but he's also sort of a mentor to Aquaman.

When asked whether or not Vulko is a good guy, Dafoe kept it vague.

I'd say so. If you want to get down to those kind of categorizations. I don't need to, I know why people do it because we've got to describe things sometimes. Everybody's a mix, [laughs] good and bad.

Dafoe also dove into how the underwater scenes were filmed.

Most of my scenes are underwater. Some are not. So much of it, because we're talking, and shooting underwater is a lot of ways impractical because you're limited to what you can do with sets. It's more about shooting them dry for wet, and then the effects do certain things to give the water feel. But we aren't doing the scenes underwater, but we are in harnesses and on wires. There is movement. It's not like were all sitting around pretending were underwater like this [stands up still], we're swimming around, we're moving. So that should be really beautiful.

Willem Dafoe can be heard in Netflix's Death Note on August 25, 2017. He'll be briefly seen in Justice League on November 17, 2017 and seen a bit more in Aquaman on December 21, 2018.


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