‘An incredible feeling’: Willem Dafoe recalls being at 1986 EDSA Revolution


Posted at Nov 10 2019 12:20 AM

A photo of Hollywood actor Willem Dafoe at the 2019 Governors Awards in Los Angeles. Mario Anzuoni, Reuters

MANILA—He flew to the Philippines to shoot what would turn out to be one of the best war films ever made, "Platoon."

But just as he did, Hollywood actor Willem Dafoe found himself stuck in the country, in the tail-end of what would eventually go down in world history as one of the best examples of a nonviolent revolution. 

"My plane was the last plane in because there was a revolution," he said, referring to the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution, in a Vanity Fair video in which he recalled his entire acting career. 

(He starts talking about in the video below in the 3:34 mark) 

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He said they were told to "sit tight" because production of their movie was cancelled due to the bloodless protests, but he added that he and some of the people who were there ahead of time "were out on the streets with the people." 

"It was an incredible feeling," Dafoe said," because it was a revolution that happened for the most part without violence." 

Work on "Platoon" eventually resumed in the country and the movie was released in December 1986. 

It earned Dafoe his first Academy Award nomination, getting the nod in the Best Supporting Actor category. The movie won an Oscar for Best Picture, Best Director,“Best Film Editing, and Best Sound."