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Willem Dafoe

The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)

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Willem Dafoe: He played Jesus -- what's he done since?

WHAT IT IS Controversial drama directed by Martin Scorsese, in which Jesus hallucinates — during the crucifixion — about what his life might have been had he married Mary Magdalene and lived a good, if not martyred, life; based on the novel by Nikos Kazantzakis

COSTARS Barbara Hershey as Mary Magdelene; Harvey Keitel as Judas Iscariot

HIS CAREER B.C. He was To Live and Die in L.A.'s (1985) supercreepy bad guy, and Tom Berenger's morally ambiguous nemesis in 1986's Platoon.

HIS CAREER A.D. He's been very, very good (Nemo's role model, Gill, in Finding Nemo) and very, very bad (villain Norman Osborn, a.k.a. the Green Goblin, in 2002's Spider-Man).

FINAL JUDGMENT An acting range that goes from soldier to Satan-tormented Christ to a fish trapped in an aquarium? Only a higher power could stop this guy's talent.

Originally posted Feb 12, 2004

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