Dafoe in therapist’s office for Antichrist

The star was desperate to work with the Danish director, who was struggling with depression while writing and filming the movie, about a couple coping with the death of their only son.

Dafoe sat in on endless therapy sessions at New York’s Columbia University to get into character – because the 53 year old had never sought professional counselling himself.

He says, “I’ve never had therapy – though God knows lots of people have told me I need it – or had depression, so I had to work very hard.

And he admits he began to feel very self-conscious after so much inward reflection: “When you get around these people you do start to develop phobic ideas yourself. I could see the triggers.”.