That doesn’t look or sound like Marilyn Monroe, now does it? Well Willem Dafoe hasn’t had his Snickers, which means Marilyn Monroe is just not herself. Snickers continues its hugely popular “You aren’t yourself when you’re hungry” ad campaign with a $5 million Super Bowl ad. Snickers loves these big stars who live just out of the mainstream spotlight. (They cast Steve Buscemi and Danny Trejo as the Brady Bunch girls, after all.) Dafoe, with his natural menace, striking cheekbones and signature growl, fits the mold perfectly: he’s a star everyone recognizes who also has his serious indie credibility intact. He’s known and unknown — perfect casting.
Willem Dafoe is best known for his tough guy roles in the movies Spider-Man (Green Goblin aka Norman Osborn), American Psycho (Donald Kimball), The English Patient (David Caravaggio), Platoon (Sgt. Elias), The Last Temptation of Christ (Jesus), Mississippi Burning (Agent Alan Ward), and To Live and Die in L.A. (Eric Masters), among others. Dafoe is also known as one of the founding members of the New York experimental theatre collective, The Wooster Group. Super Bowl 50 will air on CBS on February 7.