Three time Oscar nominee Willem Dafoe takes one of his more challenging roles to date as artist Vincent van Gogh in At Eternity’s Gate. Directed by Julian Schnabel, who’s also .a renowned painter, the picture was honored with a Volpi Cup for best actor (Dafoe) at the Venice Film Festival.

“I think probably the most interesting thing was I knew always with the physical approach that I was going to paint and he was going to teach me,” said Dafoe. “And that was thrilling and that was the key. Through the painting, I really had a shift of how I see things. That was essential to inhabiting the character.”

Click on the media bar to hear Dafoe talk about how Schnabel’s love for collecting and painting shaped At Eternity’s Gate.

At Eternity’s Gate, co-starring Oscar Isaac as Paul Gauguin, opens in select theaters November 16.

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Posted by: Greg Srisavasdi