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Dafoe's 9 foot alien

10.20.2009

I really do not mean the title to be any sort of innuendo.

It's true though, but not in the phallic sense (I have an unintentionally dirty mind). In Willem Dafoe's next movie JOHN CARTER OF MARS, he will play a 9 foot tall alien called Tars Tarkas. He gave some information about the movie during an interview with AICN.

Dafoe says that he doesn't know much about the project at this point, but is excited to be working again with Andrew Stanton (FINDING NEMO) and Pixar. The actor said this on the process thus far, "I'm doing a play in New York, so I’m kind of preoccupied by that, but I'm starting doing scans and things like that, but it's going to be a real full-on… Well, I'm nine feet tall with four arms, but, just from the scheduling, I'm going to do the stuff."

The alien Tarkas has a lot of character, Dafoe says and he wants to make sure that he still keeps the performance part of it. He states this because that they will be enhancing his face so you may not recognize him, but that's sort of impossible to do. I mean, you can tell he's still Dafoe in drag.

He's finely honing a set of skills as the alien, "There’s a whole period where we're going to work with the language and the movement, and find out how I'm going to be nine feet tall, and all that stuff…like, a long period of time where we're going to go to Thark school, you know what I mean? We're going to create our culture. So, it's going to be very cool. These guys know how to do this, and they've got great people. And, the designs and things are just mind-blowing." The film has been confirmed to be a mix of animation and live action. If Pixar's involve, you know it will be good.

Extra Tidbit: MARS is being adapted from the book of the same title by Edgar Rice Burroughs. If you want more information on it, check out this page.
Source: AICN

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