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ICYMI: Willem Dafoe said he was in the crowd during the 1986 People Power Revolution

By SAAB LARIOSA Published Feb 25, 2022 12:10 pm

In case you didn't know, veteran actor Willem Dafoe has said that he was part of the EDSA People Power Revolution of 1986.

As part of a 2019 Vanity Fair video breaking down his career highlights, the 66-year old actor said that production of the film Platoon was stopped in the Philippines—and he and the team decided to drop by on the real-life action.

"I arrived in the Philippines and my plane was the last plane in because there was a revolution," he began.

They were told to “sit tight” because the movie was supposed to be canceled amid the protests, which started on February 22, 1986 in the middle of shooting.

"So for about three or four days, me and a couple of other people that were there ahead of time were out on the streets with the people," he said. “It was an incredible feeling because it was a revolution that happened for the most part without violence."

Dafoe didn’t mention if any of his co-stars, Johnny Depp, Forest Whitaker, or Charlie Sheen joined in on the event.

With the peaceful revolution eventually ending on February 25, 1986, the Platoon crew got the movie back on track and the film was promptly released in the Philippines on March 18, 1987.

The Oliver Stone-helmed war film went on to win four Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Sound, and Best Film Editing.