You would possibly suppose capturing within the wild — the Philippines, on this case — would lead to a snake chew, or most likely getting misplaced. However Willem Dafoe’s brush with mortality in “Platoon” got here from a much more mundane reason. Whilst filling his canteen with water from a river, the actor wound up contracting a jungle illness that made him delirious for a complete day. This used to be maximum just lately corroborated via his “Platoon” co-star John C. McGinley, who informed The Father or mother that there used to be a “decomposing” ox downstream on the time Dafoe took a drink from the contaminated water. Amusing, huh? Even though for the reason that Elias loved his proportion of mind-altering components to deal with the struggle, possibly the bout with sickness in the long run fueled Dafoe’s efficiency? You be the pass judgement on.
It is secure to say that Dafoe did not begrudge Oliver Stone for the incident, as he would later paintings with the acclaimed director once more in but some other exam of the Vietnam Warfare — 1989’s “Born at the Fourth of July,” which starred Tom Cruise, who additionally gained an Academy Award nomination for digging into Vietnam with Stone. It appears, the fever had no long-term results both, as Dafoe has acted in over 130 extra tasks since then. So it is imaginable he simply ended up with superpowers.
Taking into consideration all the possibility of issues to cross incorrect on a movie set within the jungle with the entire trappings of struggle, Dafoe’s enjoy on “Platoon” does not appear just about as dangerous as it would were. Nonetheless, one has to surprise what else would possibly have came about in his temporary state of delirium that he does not even be mindful — or care to be mindful.
Something is bound — as claimed within the movie, “struggle is hell.” In “Platoon,” that used to be true for each Elias and Dafoe.