Willem Dafoe — American Actor born on July 22, 1955,

William J. "Willem" Dafoe is an American actor and model. A member of the experimental theater company The Wooster Group, he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Platoon and Shadow of the Vampire. His other film appearances include The Last Temptation of Christ, The English Patient and the Spider-Man trilogy. He has also had voice-roles in Finding Nemo and Fantastic Mr. Fox, as well as two episodes of The Simpsons... (wikipedia)

A lot of critics are lazy. They don't want to look closely and analyze something for what it is. They take a quick first impression and then rush to compare it to something they've seen before.
Great theatre is about challenging how we think and encouraging us to fantasize about a world we aspire to.
I think on some level, you do your best things when you're a little off-balance, a little scared. You've got to work from mystery, from wonder, from not knowing.
I guess they often cast me as the bad guy, because I'm not, er, conventional looking. I look sort of violent. I'm the odd one out, the outsider.
In my experience, sometimes a movie just hits at the wrong time, gets the wrong press, or gets the wrong representation, and it gets misunderstood.