Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

It's Not True That I Always Play the Bad Guy ; IN THE HOTSEATWillem Dafoe Is Best Known for His Roles in Hollywood Hits like Spider-Man, Platoon and the Last Temptation of Christ. Now 58, He's Venturing into the World of Video Gaming

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

It's Not True That I Always Play the Bad Guy ; IN THE HOTSEATWillem Dafoe Is Best Known for His Roles in Hollywood Hits like Spider-Man, Platoon and the Last Temptation of Christ. Now 58, He's Venturing into the World of Video Gaming

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Tell us about your video game project BEYOND: Two Souls IT'S the story of a young woman who's been linked to an invisible entity since the day she was born. She doesn't know what it is, a spirit or a ghost, or the soul of somebody, but they can't be separated.

We see how she evolves and changes through the years. The whole idea of the experience is unusual for a video game; it's not about jumping, shooting, or driving, it's really about being in the shoes of the main protagonist and seeing how your decisions change the story. It's a very emotional journey.

It may appeal to people who are not usually interested in video games then? ABSOLUTELY, that's the whole idea. It's a game that'll appeal to anyone who loves stories and emotions. It's intended for gamers too, there's real game play, but at the same time, we've simplified the interface for non-gamers. There's a free app that you can download too, so you can replace the PS3 controller with your phone or your tablet.

How did you get involved in the project? THE director, David Cage, sent me a script and I saw his previous game, Heavy Rain. I was not familiar with the gaming world at all, but I liked the script. I knew Ellen Page (Juno) was going to be playing the main character and liked her relationship with my character, she was perfect casting, which showed how savvy David was.

I knew it was going to involve motion capture, which I've done before, and while it's not something I want to do all the time, I like it and it does have its pleasures.

I don't know his work so well, but David seems to be a pioneer, and it's always exciting to witness that and be a part of an experiment.

What can you tell us about your character? I'M an expert in paranormal events. I have a research facility and this girl is brought to me as a subject for my study, and I help her understand what's going on. In a little while, she becomes housed at the facility and I become a sort of surrogate father to her. …

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