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SXSW 2012: Willem Dafoe talks training for “The Hunter”

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Willem Dafoe has won audiences over yet again with his new film, “The Hunter.” The thriller follows him as mercenary Martin David after he is hired by a biotech company to kill a creature previously thought to be extinct. The movie required Dafoe to spend a lot of time in the Tasmanian wilderness, and also forced him to learn a heck of a lot about the craft of hunting.

The film premiered at SXSW, where IFC was able to catch up with Dafoe and director Daniel Nettheim to talk about the film. Even though it tells a bigger tale, “The Hunter” is often very simple in its storytelling.

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“It’s kind of stripped down essential filmmaking when it’s just one actor, simple actions, a landscape, and a camera,” Dafoe said of the movie.

Of course, there’s more than just Dafoe in the film. “The Hunter” also stars Frances O’Connor and Sam Neill, but spends plenty of time alone with Dafoe in the forest hunting a Tasmanian Tiger that was believed to be extinct. Dafoe spent a lot of time working with a bush survival expert who helped him prepare for the role. The expert taught him tips like how to de-scent himself so animals wouldn’t notice him and more.

“[He taught me] everything from how to move through the bush to how to spot a trail, what kind of things he takes in a bush, what does he need, what can he find out there, and then there was a whole array of snares and traps that were quite intricate and very beautiful that he would make by hand, and he taught me how to do that,” Dafoe explained. “It was very thrilling because when you learn something like that, that really becomes a key to the character.”

“The Hunter” opened in Australia on September 29, 2011, and hopefully will come to US theaters near us soon.

Are you intrigued by Dafoe’s preparation for “The Hunter”? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”


Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”


But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.

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It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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