Willem Dafoe has had a career any actor would envy, but now he’s taken on a challenge that would have those same actors shying away from the possibilities, playing Vincent van Gogh. Of course, plenty of people have taken a shot at the artist before, but it takes a special level of ability to pull it off.
Adding to the difficulty inherent in playing someone with, let’s say, a lot of
This is not a forensic biography, but rather scenes based on Vincent van Gogh’s (Academy Award® Nominee Willem Dafoe) letters, common agreement about events in his life that present as facts, hearsay, and moments that are just plain invented.
Trying to view that in its best light, one might be reminded of the old “adage” that it is sometimes easiest to tell the truth by lying, but the cynical might easily wonder if this just means we’re in for a pretty screwball movie about a historical figure that is largely “just plain invented.” Either way, portraying a larger-than-life figure who struggled with life is difficult enough, and Dafoe has his work cut out for him.
If the trailer can be believed, well… we’ll be watching Dafoe do a lot of walking, but we’ll also get a provocative, intense dive into the life of a legend.