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Hollywood stars speak at Palm Springs International Film Festival

A number of stars took to the red carpet and spoke to our cameras about their roles and receiving honors at the 29th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival.

Willem Dafoe, the first star to speak to our cameras told KESQ News Channel 3 and CBS Local 2, said what it meant to receive the Icon Award for his role in The Florida Project.

“Icon is a symbol to me, it’s something that is very defined. I don’t feel so much like that, I mean a part of being an actor is you know being flexible. I think it is a convention and it is a very nice recognition and the previous recipients it’s great to be in their company.”

Gary Oldman, the recipient of the Desert Palm Achievement Award – Actor, said that playing as Winston Churchill in the Darkest Hour was a role he was hesitant to take on.

“Well, I’ve always been somewhat passionate about Winston Churchill, but because of my physicality….I wavered” said the 59-year-old actor. “I wavered. It wasn’t an immediate yes because I just thought, ‘how the hell why I do it?’ How would I pull it off.”

Saoirse Ronan, who was honored with the Desert Palm Achievement award for her performance in Lady Bird said the film captured moments that were relatable to the audience.

“The emotional weight is very much there and that is what I think people took from it, they could see themselves,” she said.

Sam Rockwell spoke to CBS Local 2’s Patrick Evans about his role as Officer Jason Dixon in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. “There is a journey, a great journey that happens with him and it is a beautiful film, I’m really proud of it.”

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