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Willem Dafoe Slams Modern Streaming, Claims People Like ‘Stupid’ Movies

Willem Dafoe Slams Modern Streaming, Claims People Like ‘Stupid’ Movies

Veteran actor Willem Dafoe believes streaming services encourage people to be lazy and skip watching movies with depth. That’s a challenge for someone like Dafoe, known for his dense and thought-provoking films like The Northman, The Lighthouse, and current critical darling, Poor Things.

“The kind of attention that people give at home isn’t the same,” Dafoe recently told The Guardian. “More difficult movies, more challenging movies can not do as well when you don’t have an audience that’s really paying attention. That’s a big thing. I miss the social thing of where movies fit in the world. You go see a movie, you go out to dinner, you talk about it later, and that spreads out.’

Why Willem Dafoe Feels Streaming Ruined Movies

However, Willem Dafoe feels streaming has ruined the movie experience. “People now go home, they say, ‘Hey, honey, let’s watch something stupid tonight,’ and they flip through and they watch five minutes of 10 movies, and they say, ‘Forget it, let’s go to bed.’ Where’s that discourse found?”

“They aren’t making movies the same way they used to,” he added. “They’re being financed by toy companies and other entities, and they become the vehicle to make the movies because they know how to do that. Streaming, they’re becoming like a monopoly, they have the means of production and distribution. And so it’s very complicated.”

The Spider-Man star acknowledged that he may not be the most qualified authority on analyzing or evaluating the film industry. However, he does make a valid point about streaming platforms like Netflix. These platforms have their own production studios and can directly release movies to an audience that prefers lighter content over intellectually challenging films.

Of course, toy company Mattel has recently entered the film industry with their blockbuster movie Barbie. They are also reportedly working on films based on other popular toys like Polly Pocket and Uno.

Dafoe recently received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He also once again is getting Oscar buzz for his performance in Yorgos Lanthimos’ Poor Things. Dafoe returns to the screen this year in Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice 2. He’ll be reportedly playing a ghost detective in the belated sequel. Dafoe is joined by returning stars Michael Keaton, Winona Ryder, and Catherine O’Hara. “I pl He will also appear in Robert Eggers’ Nosferatu, continuing his collaboration with the director from The Lighthouse and The Northman.