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 Dogan 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.

“He makes it clear what you have to bring to your role and he lets you loose. He’s easy and fun to work with —  if he wasn’t I’d be crazy since this is the sixth film I’ve done with him; seventh if you count his writing on The Last Temptation of Christ.
Dog Eat Dog is closing Directors’ Fortnight on May 20.