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Friday 23 March 2018

Dafoe: I feel bad about John Carter

Willem Dafoe doesn't regret making box office flop John Carter
Willem Dafoe doesn't regret making box office flop John Carter

Willem Dafoe has admitted he was disappointed that John Carter bombed at the box office.

The Oscar-nominated actor played alien chief Tars Tarkas in Disney's big-budget CGI sci-fi epic, which was intended to be a franchise.

Willem confessed: "I feel bad that there won't be a sequel. I don't want to go on about it. But it's true I was disappointed that its reception wasn't as great as I think it deserved."

But the Spider-Man star has no regrets.

"I can honestly say I don't regret any movie because I know why I intended to do it. Sometimes it doesn't work out well, but I always have a good intention."

The 56-year-old actor - whose latest film The Hunter is a psychological drama set in Tasmania - has made over 60 films in his career so far, varying from indie flicks to comic book movies to action thrillers.

He said: "The big thing is you need a balanced diet. It helps. It exercises different muscles.

"One of the reasons I mix it up is I feel like each time you change your approach, that staves off a certain kind of corruption that's inevitable in any job. When you keep on doing the same thing, habit creeps in. And then with habit comes a kind of automatic-ness and a lack of passion, and your passion goes some place else."

He added: "I don't want that to happen! Because it's too humiliating, performing is too personal to let that happen."

:: The Hunter is released in cinemas on Friday, July 6.

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