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Willem Dafoe witnessed 1986 EDSA revolution

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Willem Dafoe, the man who’s popularly known as the Green Goblin in the movie Spiderman (2002), said he witnessed the 1986 EDSA revolution.

Actor Willem Dafoe who plays Vincent Van Gogh in "At Eternity's Gate" looked uncannily like the artist in the film, and is already tipped for the best actor prize at the Venice film festival. (AFP / Alberto PIZZOLI / MANILA BULLETIN)

Actor Willem Dafoe (AFP / Alberto PIZZOLI / MANILA BULLETIN)

He talked about it in a video interview with Vanity Fair which featured his timeline as an actor. He relayed his experience when the topic of the 1986 film, Platoon, came.

“I arrived in the Philippines, and my plane was the last plane in because there was a revolution,” he said.

He was then told that the movie’s cancelled and that they’ll get him out when they can.

“So, for about three or four days, me and a couple of other people that were there ahead of time were out on the street with the people and it was an incredible feeling because it was revolution that happened for the most part without violence,” Dafoe said.

Platoon (1986) was directed by Oliver Stone and it was part of a trilogy inspired by his experiences in the Vietnam War. Willem Dafoe starred with Tom Berenger, Charlie Sheen, Keith David, Kevin Dillon, Johnny Depp, John McGinley, and Forest Whitaker. It was filmed in the Philippines on February 1986 for 54 days, which was directly in line with the EDSA revolution.

According to IMDb, the story is about a neophyte soldier who was faced with a moral crisis when he saw the horrors of the Vietnam War.

The film won four Academy Awards.

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