Willem Dafoe, a Man With the Face of a Demon in Real Life, Will Voice a Demon in Netflix's Death Note

On one hand, casting Willem Dafoe as the voice of Ryuk the shinigami (probably best translated as “death spirit”) in Death Note is great. On the other hand, Netflix’s live-action U.S. adaptation of the hit manga and anime ismissing out on big savings by not just using Dafoe’s actual, terrifying face in the film.

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Japan is turning the manga/anime/live-action movie series Death Note into a musical. The series, about a teen with a notebook that kills anyone whose name he writes in it, and the teen detective who tries to catch him, seems like an odd fit for a musical, but it also seemed like bizarre idea for a manga. So why not?

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