EXCLUSIVE: In Paul Schrader’s cinematic universe, Willem Dafoe has played a morally conflicted drug dealer, a senator with a cheating wife, a concentration camp commandant, the brother to Nick Nolte’s crazed News Hampshire denizen in Affliction, Bob Crane’s sex crazed flunky, and even Jesus in the Schrader-scripted The Last Temptation of Christ. This time around, Dafoe plays Mad Dog in Schrader’s Dog Eat Dog, an ex-con whose bad tendencies send a kidnapping plot into the toilet. In this clip we see just how mad this Mad Dog can be.
“Paul is a natural critic and commentator – insightful, curious, pragmatic but deep down he’s also emotional and restless. His films are like that,” Dafoe tells Deadline about Schrader.