You might think that shooting in the wilderness – in this case, the Philippines – would result in a snake bite or possibly getting lost. But Willem DafoeBrush with mortality in “Platoon” comes from a much more mundane cause. While filling his canteen with water from a river, the actor contracted a rainforest disease that kept him delirious throughout the day. This was most recently corroborated by his “Platoon” co-star, John C. McGinley, who told Guardians that there was a cow “decomposing” downstream when Dafoe drank the tainted water. Seem fun? Though given that Elias shared a mind-altering substance to deal with war, perhaps the illness ultimately spurred Dafoe’s achievement? You are the judge.
It’s safe to say that Dafoe doesn’t blame Oliver Stone for the incident, as he will then be working with the famous director once again on another examination of the Vietnam War – “Born July 4th” ” in 1989, starred Tom Cruise, who also received an Academy Award nomination for digging into Vietnam with Stone. Obviously, the craze didn’t have a lasting effect either, as Dafoe has been involved in more than 130 projects since then. So maybe he just ended up with superpowers.
Considering all the possibilities of going wrong on a movie set in the jungle with all the pitfalls of war, Dafoe’s experience in “Platoon” doesn’t seem as bad as it could be. One has to wonder, however, what else might have happened during his brief delirium that he doesn’t even remember – or is not interested in recalling.
One thing is for sure – as it is stated in the film, “war is hell.” In “Platoon”, the same is true for Elias and Dafoe.
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