willem dafoe

The upcoming adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs John Carter of Mars, has a cast filled with established and up and coming talent. One of the film’s more familiar faces will be that of Willem Dafoe, who plays Carter’s sidekick in the film. Too bad he may be unrecognizable, since he’s playing an alien warrior. The actor recently spoke to the AICN, about his role in John Carter and revealed, that his character has four arms and is 9 foot tall!

You may be asking yourself how in the hell can they pull that off realistically? So, here’s what he had to say about the film’s prepping process.

I’ve seen a lot of the designs and things, and I’ve just started to do prep work now… [I've] 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.

With so much computer technology involved with the character, they asked if we’d be able to see his performance through it all.

Well, we hope. And, also, they’ll use my face, but they’ll enhance it in a way–both after and before–in a way that I may not be recognizable. But, I’m good with that. It’s particularly cool, because he’s a creature, but he’s got this huge range of character. And, he does cool things in the movies.

John Carter of Mars will be a combination of live action and animation, and will require Defoe and his alien brethren to take special classes to nail down the language and behavior of the Thark race. That should be interesting.

What do you think about the alien description from John Carter of Mars? Are they going in the right direction?