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Dafoe doesn't have desire to direct

Willem Dafoe has revealed that he doesn't dream of being a director.

Despite his 30 years of acting experience, the John Carter star has no plans to head behind the cameras.

"I'm an actor so I like doing things, I don't like watching. And I also don't like the responsibility," he said.

"I think actors are afforded a certain level of irresponsibility and that is when I feel comfortable, making things or being creative. If there's too much responsibility, I tend to tense up."

Willem - who has received two Oscar nominations - admitted his career is a bit of a fluke. "I never had a plan A. I just bounced along and got lucky to be a working actor," he added.

He also revealed that he would like to work with Oscar-winning Taiwanese filmmaker Ang Lee: "I like Ang Lee very much. And he already knows. But there are many other people that I like."

While he has a dream director he'd like to collaborate with, the actor revealed he doesn't harbour dream roles.

"I never think of roles like that. I like roles when I don't quite know what they are, but I just have an instinct that finding out what they are or being them will be an interesting adventure," he continued.

"I'm always suspicious when I'm like, 'Oh, I want to play this role' because you have to know what it is ahead of time. That's normally a self-serving thing and when you serve yourself, that's the least interesting performances."

:: John Carter opens in cinemas on March 9.

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