For ‘At Eternity’s Gate’ Willem Dafoe Recreated Vincent Van Gogh Shoes Painting

Willem Dafoe plays painter Vincent van Gogh in At Eternity’s Gate, but director Julian Schnabel describes the performance as more than just another role for Dafoe.

“He became something else,” Schnabel told CBS News. “I don’t think it’s a performance. He was the incarnation of something.” “I love this movie. It was a beautiful experience to make,” Dafoe said. “It changes how I see, and not just painting, but how I see things in life.” The segment from CBS Sunday Morning revealed the surprising lengths Dafoe went to play Van Gogh, including learning to recreate one of his paintings.