First off all I’d like to apologize for the lack of updates lately :( My life’s been very busy, but however I tried to keep up with Dane’s events and all the updates can be found in our gallery. I am 100% supporting Dane, and looking forward to all of his upcoming projects, so I’m excited to finally have more free time. Hopefully I’ll be able to post updates and keep you informed on all Dane-related news (and not only his images!)
Today I was excited to share something we rarely get: paparazzi pictures of Dane out and about with his wife Anna Wood and their cute dog Franny. Below you can find the caption for the photos, as well as gallery’s links
NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 24: Actor Dane DeHaan and his wife actress Anna Wood are seen walking there dog Franny in Brooklyn on August 24, 2016 in New York City.
Christmas is here, and whether you celebrate it today or not, I felt like posting this small message to show my love and appreciation to all Dane DeHaan fans, and of course my friends in this amazing fandom.
Those who love and appreciate Dane are truly special people: it feels like I am a part of a real big family. It’s not only sharing the same interest and adoration: I feel incredibly lucky to be surrounded by truly amazing and caring people. I will never stop saying how much it amazes me that Dane’s fans are not only talented and creative, but also caring and good people. I do feel grateful I’ve met people that I can call my real friends. It is amazing to have so many people you feel close to from all over the world. I wish I could spend more time online, but even though I am not able to very often, I still feel this incredible connection. So thank you ALL. Hope you have great holidays with your family & beloved ones. Have a happy new year 2016, and may all troubles and sad moments be left in 2015.
Special shout-out to Inna, Merlyn, Sage, Aina, Aisu, Suki, Samantha, Hayley, Marcie & also those I don’t see around much anymore: Ashleigh Rose, Iris, Aimee, Jackie (hope you are okay), Rachel. Love you guys :) And of course, the last but not the least: sending love and appreciation to Dane & Anna. Hope they have a great Christmas with Franny and their family/friends.
2015 was a good year for Dane fans: even though we lacked Dane news and events, we still had LIFE premiere this year. This was a really important step in Dane’s career and a magnificent, glowing performance appreciate by critics. Let’s not forget our own special event when Sage got to meet Dane & Anna, and shared all the feelings with us on twitter. That was an unforgettable experience, almost like we all were THERE with them. There are also a lot of projects in post-production, which means we have A LOT to look forward to in 2016. Let’s hope that it is going to be the Dane year!
And at last I feel like sharing a small gift with all the fans on Xmas day. This time I am sharing 4 UHQ images from never before seen unknown Dane 2011 shoots. And also outtakes from well-known shoots: 9 from 2012 Lawless Cannes photoshoot, and 7 L’Uomo Vogue photoshoot by Caitlin Cronenberg. We may have seen a lot of outtakes from the last shoot, but the more the better, right? Please check the photos below and once again: have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New year 2016!
Dane DeHaan visited The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon [12/14]. We have HQ images from the TV appearance & a full video (in HD, available to watch AND download), as well as two snippets (one of which is behind the scenes feature) from The Tonight Show youtube account. Check below for more info:
INTERVIEW | DANE DEHAAN ON ‘LIFE,’ ACTING, AND METALLICA
The ‘Life’ star discusses his craft, Hollywood in the 1950s, and why he did ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2.’
In the new film Life (currently in theaters), Dane DeHaan plays the legendary James Dean, and while the two actors may not look alike they both seem to comport themselves in a similar way. DeHaan is a young, handsome actor who has spent more of his career honing his craft and challenging himself than he has spent giving a crap about public image or marketing. They’re also both inscrutable, relatable, and immensely open performers who are more happy to converse than they are to “be interviewed.” There is a compelling, casual feature to DeHaan’s character that makes you want to be a friend.
Dane DeHaan (and it’s pronounced like Katherine Hahn and not “hand”) sat down with CraveOnline to talk about Life, about James Dean, about his varied career (like, what was The Amazing Spider-Man 2 all about?) and about how sometimes, just for sanity’s sake, one has to back away from intense roles.
CraveOnline: It’s a pleasure to meet you, and it was a pleasure to see you play James Dean, as – and I’m sure people have pointed this out to you – there are parallels between his character and yours.
I’m older now than James Dean ever was, unfortunately. [Laughs.] But thanks.
Did you have any relationship with James Dean before Life?
Yeah, I had the utmost admiration for him. He’s always been one of my favorite actors, and when I was at acting school, he was a person whose movies I was introduced to and someone whose movies I watched over and over again and again. I had a poster of him on my wall since I was in college. So I’m a fan of James Dean.
Surely playing James Dean is a threatening task. I hear you even turned down the role a few times.
Yeah, I did. And it was because it was so threatening, you know? Because he was a hero of mine. It was kind of person, holy material in a way. But I do these interviews, and I say I want to do the most challenging roles, the ones that scare me the most. And when that opportunity actually came along, I couldn’t turn away from it. I realized that if I wanted to practice what I preach, I gotta step up and take this opportunity that is being presented to me.
How does one go about preparing to play James Dean? How does one make such a known icon original and relatable?
A lot of things. It’s really challenging. I had to put on weight for it. I tried to capture his voice because he had a unique voice. I don’t think most people even realize that. So I worked with a dialect coach for that. I worked with a makeup artists I had worked with previously to figure out what we could do to make me look more like James Dean.
All these things are the more surface-y things, though. The real challenge – and the real fun – was trying to figure out who he actually was as a person. And going through all these biographies – of which you can read almost anything about him to figure out what was true and undeniably a fact. And what does that show me about who he was as a person? And then trying to bring that to life. No pun intended.
Sorry if this question is vague, but how would you sum up James Dean’s character?
I think that James Dean wanted to fuck the world before the world fucked him.
James Dean was at the forefront of a new Method of acting in 1950s Hollywood. Do you think the Method is still relevant? Do you subscribe?
Well you have to know. Yeah, do I subscribe to the general idea of the Method that was happening in Hollywood at the time? Yes. Do I go about it in the same way as James Dean? No. I don’t. But one thing about that Method is there were a lot of different ways of teaching it. So James Dean did it different than I learned how to do it. His being a more Strasberg thing. My mentor, who studied with Bobby Lewis, who was a teacher at the Actors Studio at the time. All of which were aimed – Strasberg, Bobby Lewis, others – all these people aimed at the same goal of living as realistically as possible in imaginary circumstances. But all had a slightly different way in.
Did you do any research into the history of the time? Did you study Hollywood of the 1950s?
I’m sure [Anton Corbijn] had to study it a lot. For me, it was all about James Dean. That’s my part of the job. But it was interesting to learn about Hollywood at the time, and how studios worked at the time, and what exactly that would mean, and all that. The music. These were all things I look into. But they were all background to the fact that I was playing James Dean.
How is Hollywood different now than it was back then?
Oh, it’s super-different. Back then studio would pick a handful of actors to be in their movies, and you would only work for one studio. You would live at the studio. And you were completely controlled by the studio. They would literally take people and say “Okay. This guy, he’s named James Dean, and we’re going to project him into the world as this rebellious cool guy. And this woman, Marilyn, she’s going to be our Blonde Bombshell. This guy, like Brando and Newman, he’s going to be our leading man.” And so, in a way, you didn’t have any control over your career in a way that you do today. And you had almost no control over the image you projected.
Which is a lot of ways why I love this movie. It tries to to show what this guy was like as an icon, but also tries to show who he was underneath all that as a human being.
So… You got to meet Metallica. That’s pretty cool.
It was cool. Undeniably cool. It was a really exciting phone call to get. “Metallica wants to make a movie with you. Do you want to go hang out with them in Vancouver for two or three weeks?” Answer: Yes. It was awesome. Those guys are cool. It was really interesting to see all the different members individually. Who they are as humans vs. who they are as Metallica. They’re really a great group of guys. I still text with Lars [Ulrich] now and then. But yeah! Lars is actually is friends with Anton [Corbijn, the director of Life]. I think they’re all friend with Anton, who did their videos and album covers. So even in making this movie, I think Lars was really talking to me and to Anton about how we should be working together. So it’s funny how everything got interconnected.
You’ve done a lot of soulful, powerful indie dramas that are all very performance-centric. But there is a big outlier in your career, and it’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2. What took you to that level of filmmaking?
I just think it’s fun to do a lot of different kinds of movies! I think that my “in” into the business… I think that as I was coming up in the business, I was really lucky because I looked like I was really, really young, but I was a classically trained actor. So I think that was a fortunate combo to have. Auditioning against people who were younger than me, who hadn’t really been to acting school, and there were all these great parts for younger people. So that was my “in” into the business. What I really love to do is act. And I really want to make all kinds of movies.
I’m about to make another big blockbuster movie. I just got done making my first horror movie. Before that I made another soulful indie movie. Before that, I made a 17th century romance. Before that, I made the James Dean movie. So for me, I just think I will get better if I challenge myself in different ways, in different genres, playing different parts.
There will always be a part of myself that wants to make that soulful indie drama, but, honestly, if that were all I made, it would probably kill me. Because those movies take so much away, those movies demand so much of me psychologically, that I honestly don’t think it’s healthy to sustain myself doing only those kinds of movies. Sometimes, I need to challenge myself in different ways, and give the psyche a break. I will always make those movies! But I can’t only make those movies. Not if I want to stay healthy and take care of myself. They demand so much of me, that it wouldn’t be healthy to make only those.
But I have a great one coming up. It’s called Two Lovers and a Bear. And it’s a super-soulful movie starring Tatiana Maslany and myself, directed by Kim Nguyen. And I’m super-excited for that movie because that was definitely a movie I did for myself. And it was an amazing journey. I’m really excited for it.
Did you find your youthful appearance to ever be a detriment when seeking more adult roles?
No. That’s what I started to do. I look older now than I did six years ago. I think that was my “in” into the business, and I think it was a great gift, but I haven’t played “young” for a while. My last movie, I was a businessman on Wall Street. Luckily, I haven’t played anyone under 25 in the last three years. And those movies haven’t really come out yet! [laugh] For James Dean, I took advantage of that. Like I said, it was a great “in” into the business, to look like I was 16 when I graduated college. I still look young, but I don’t look as young as I used to. I’ve been given opportunities to play older people for sure.
What was the first record you bought with your own money?
It was a CD at the time. I think it was Ace of Base. “I Saw the Sign.” I would have been five. Maybe it was “Weird Al.” “Weird Al” was my first concert.
TWO WEEKS IN THE LIFE OF JAMES DEAN
By EMMA BROWN
In 1955, a young photographer named Dennis Stock met James Dean at an L.A. party thrown by director Nicholas Ray. Stock was immediately intrigued and wanted to photograph Dean for a story in Life magazine. Dean was a little reluctant (as was Life), but Stock tracked him down to his New York apartment and managed to convince him. Over the next two weeks, Stock captured Dean getting his hair cut at the barbershop, playing the recorder in his apartment, standing in the rain in Times Square, attending dance and acting classes, and hanging out in his hometown of Fairmount, Indiana. They returned to New York in time for the premiere of Dean’s first film East of Eden (though Dean ended up not attending) and never met again. Eight months later, Dean was dead. In the intervening time he had been cast in and filmed Rebel Without a Cause and Giant, and became a movie star.
Life, the new film from Anton Corbijn starring Dane DeHaan as Dean and Robert Pattinson as Stock, is not a biopic. DeHaan is adamant about this. “This movie is about two weeks of his life, so I don’t really feel like it necessarily sums up who he was as a person,” DeHaan explains over the phone. Nor is Life about dispelling the many myths that surround Dean’s 24 years. “I don’t think it would be fair to watch the movie and be like, ‘James Dean was this,'” DeHaan continues. “I think it would be fair to be like, ‘This is probably what James Dean was like for these two weeks.’ It’s such a small slice of his life.”
Now 29, DeHaan began his career in the New York off-Off-Broadway theater scene, followed by television dramas like In Treatment and True Blood. While the Allentown, Pennsylvania-native is usually based in New York, when we talk on the phone he is in L.A. doing pre-production for Luc Besson’s next film Valérian and the City of a Thousand Planets (DeHaan plays Valérian). “We’ve been rehearsing, doing costume fittings,” he says. “I’m getting my hair dyed tomorrow.”
EMMA BROWN: I heard that you were offered the part of James Dean in Lifeseveral times and turned it down.
DANE DEHAAN: You have heard correctly.
BROWN: And that one of the reasons you finally decided to sign on was that you had a conversation with one of the producers. What did he tell you?
DEHAAN: That was a part of it. They just kept coming back to me to play the part. James Dean is one of my favorite actors, so it felt like it was too close—too personal—to me. It was kind of sacred territory. The conversation that you’re talking about that I had with the producer Iain Canning explained to me that this isn’t a biopic of James Dean’s life, it’s a examination of how a normal person can be turned into a celebrity or an icon, and I thought that was really interesting. He also said that there are all these young people today who don’t know who James Dean is, and that’s kind of a mind-blowing thought to me. So hopefully people will watch this film and then go watch James Dean’s films.
BROWN: At the end of the film, you see some of the actual images of Dean from the Life article next to frames from the film—what was it like recreating an image so meticulously? Did it feel abnormal?
DEHAAN: It was just a blueprint for what we were creating. It was certainly different in that we have photo evidence that this moment happened, and then what happened before and what happened after was kind of the fun of it. I would always have the book on set with all the pictures in it and I would always bring it out and probably be the most annoying one about making sure that it was exactly like it was. When you watch the movie, you don’t see the actual photos until the end of the movie, so I think it’s an interesting choice that Anton made because you would have to be really familiar with the photos to realize those moments were happening. Again, because it’s such sacred territory for me, I just wanted to honor the truth of it as much as possible. To have photographic evidence of a moment that truthfully happened, [it] was really important to me to recreate that moment as specifically as possible.
BROWN: There’s so much out there about James Dean, and not a lot from Dean himself. Did you feel like you really got to know him?
DEHAAN: Well, I did my best. There’s no way of knowing. That’s one of the main challenges in the movie. You can read anything about James Dean. My job was to sift through the information and figure out what was undeniably true, and of the stuff that was undeniably true, what does that say about who he was as a person. For example, you read biographies and one will say, “He smoked Camel cigarettes,” and the next will say, “He smoked Malboros,” and the next that he smoked something else. You start to realize that somebody probably saw James Dean at a party, saw him smoking and they wanted to tell their friends—they probably knew who he was. All these myths of the kind of cigarettes James Dean smoked were made, when really what to take away from that for me as an actor is he smoked a lot of cigarettes and he didn’t care what kind they were. He wasn’t not going to smoke if he couldn’t find a pack of Camels. I feel like that’s what it is—people wanting to feel like they knew him, and no one really knowing him.
BROWN: In past interviews you’ve said that the most excited you’ve ever been to get a job was when you were cast in an episode of Law & Order: SVU after college. Is that still the case?
DEHAAN: Yeah. In terms of pure ecstasy of the news of finding out that I got the job, for sure. That was a time when I didn’t know if I was going to ever work as an actor. To get that phone call and find out I was going to be on TV as this young kid just out of acting school was the most exciting phone call I could imagine. I was so ecstatic. I’m still so grateful for all the opportunities that I have, but working as an actor has become a part of my life now, and back then it was a dream.
BROWN: Do you miss that feeling?
DEHAAN: Not really. Because along with that comes this unknown. I still love what I do and I still find great joy in what I do, I just don’t have the unabashed optimism. I’ve accomplished almost everything I’ve wanted to accomplish in a way, and that’s such an amazing feeling in and of itself. Back then I hadn’t accomplished anything, and the possibility of it and the opportunity was the most exciting thing that could happen. I respect them as two separate parts of my life, and I don’t really wish it was back then again. I’m happy that it’s now. Life changes and that’s cool too. Growing older is amazing, I think.
BROWN: Is Law & Order how you got your SAG card?
DEHAAN: No, I didn’t have to join until I did a certain amount of jobs. The time that I had to finally pay the dues I did a test of a possible non-smoking commercial. I think I got paid 50 bucks to do it, but because it was my third job, I had to pay however many thousands of dollars to get into SAG. I lost a lot of money doing this possible non-smoking commercial. [laughs] I was just sitting in a lobby coughing.
BROWN: Was it a secondhand smoke situation?
DEHAAN: No, it was firsthand smoke. We were just all dying from smoking.
BROWN: I know you did a lot of theater in New York when you started out. When did you get your Actor’s Equity card?
DEHAAN: It must have been when I understudied this production of American Buffalo, and Haley Joel Osment was in it and I was his understudy.
BROWN: Have you ever had an understudy?
DEHAAN: I don’t think so. I’ve done mostly off-Broadway theater and it’s been shorter runs. The only time you’re required to get an understudy is if the run is a certain length.
BROWN: I think I would feel obliged to take a sick day so the understudy could actually perform.
DEHAAN: This revival of American Buffalo ran for a week, so there wasn’t really time for a sick day. [laughs]
BROWN: Was that quite jarring?
DEHAAN: Yeah, it was. I was devastated. I didn’t expect it and all of a sudden I didn’t have a job, but it was such a blessing in disguise, because when that show was closed I was able to join this production of a play at Soho Rep called Sixty Miles to Silver Lake. I had been already cast in it and I had to drop out of it to take the bigger job. So I was able to get back into that production, and that was really the start of my off-Broadway career, my actual acting career when I wasn’t understudying anyone. Who knows what would have happened if I didn’t have an opportunity to really start my own career.
BROWN: When you were cast in In Treatment, had anybody seen your theater work or was it just based on your audition?
DEHAAN: I think they just saw my audition. I was in the Philippines. I was shooting this John Sayles movie called Amigo and made a tape. The internet was terrible. I sat by my computer for about 14 hours while the video loaded. It was really from that tape. On my way back from the Philippines I stopped in L.A. and was cast. But one of the writers on In Treatment that year was Adam Rapp, and I think he had something to do with getting me the audition in the first place, so the New York theater scene was somehow connected to that for sure.
LIFE IS CURRENTLY PLAYING IN SELECT THEATERS.
Awesome news! Dane will appear on NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on Monday 12/14. From NBC’s site:
Actor DANE DEHAAN scored mainstream success when he portrayed the Green Goblin in 2014’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Prior to joining the superhero franchise, DeHaan starred in 2013’s Kill Your Darlings, opposite Daniel Radcliffe, and The Place Beyond the Pines with Ryan Gosling. His TV credits include HBO’s In Treatment and True Blood. DeHaan next stars as James Dean in LIFE.
We are pretty sure that Dane will be discussing LIFE, and probably some of his upcoming projects including Valerian. Either way don’t miss the interview if you have a possibility to watch in on TV. And even if you don’t, we’ll be posting it online as well as HQ photos from Dane’s appearance.
Dane DeHaan On Playing James Dean And The Diverse Landscape Of Fame
The 29-year-old takes on the role of the icon in the film “Life.”
You might not be familiar with his name, but surely you recognize Dane DeHaan.
The 29-year-old actor has been climbing his way up the Hollywood ladder, appearing in the TV series “In Treatment” before landing roles in movies such as “A Place Beyond the Pines,” “Kill Your Darlings” and “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” DeHaan’s performances say it all: he’s an actor who’s eager to challenge himself, no matter how big or small the project.
Currently, he’s starring as the iconic James Dean alongside Robert Pattinson’s Dennis Stock in the Anton Corbijn-helmed film “Life.” The movie tells the story behind Stock’s now infamous Life magazine photo shoot of Dean, which took place as the “East of Eden” actor was on the verge of superstardom in 1955. The images showcased Dean as the epitome of cool, giving his rebellious, free-spirit aura leverage. Dean tragically died in a car accident in September 1955, before two of his most beloved and celebrated films, “Rebel Without a Cause” and “Giant,” were released. He became the first and only actor to receive two posthumous Academy Award nominations for “East of Eden” and “Giant,” and rightfully became an on-screen legend.
DeHaan was unsurprisingly nervous to portray the actor, not only because of his iconic status, but because so little is known about who Dean truly was. He spoke about the role and his idea of fame in an interview with The Huffington Post.
Tell me about the casting and how you got involved in “Life”?
I was sent the script, I read it and I was like, “I don’t really want to do this.” I just kept saying that because he’s always been one of my favorite actors and, to me, it’s really holy material. But they kept coming back and I started to take meetings with everybody and I listened to what they had to say and I realized that I was just operating out of fear. I do all these interviews and I say, “I want to do the role that’s the most challenging or I want to do the role that scares me the most,” and then that opportunity legitimately came around and I was running away from it. It was really my wife [Anna Wood] who pointed that out to me in the end, and I realized that if I want to practice what I preach, this is it, this is the opportunity. Why not do this? It’s a great script, it’s a great director, it’s a really challenging part — it ticks off every box. It’s just, to me, it was kind of personal so it took me a while to come to that.
You must have been a little flattered though, this is James Dean. Great actor, good-looking guy …
Yeah, totally flattered! And also, to be honest, kind of confused.
I don’t know, honestly, I just didn’t understand. Like, why do they keep coming back to me? I had to go through a lot, even physically, to try to look like him. It wasn’t just a show up on set, 15 minutes of makeup thing. It was three months of training and an hour and a half in the makeup chair every day. So, I didn’t really understand why they wanted me, but I was flattered. In the end, especially at this point of James Dean’s career that he’s at in this movie and what’s going on and the relationships he has and how he feels about his work, I think I have a lot more in common with James Dean than I do almost any other character that I’ve played.
This movie takes place when James was on the cusp of stardom, so how did you mimic him? How did you study his mannerisms — the way he looked, the way he walked — since there wasn’t much out there of him?
I worked with a dialect coach named Nadia Venesse, who’s really amazing, to help get the voice down. She actually found a recording of when he went back to Indiana to visit his family. He had bought one of the first-ever Spy recorders, just because he thought it was a cool toy, and he taped conversations that he had with his aunts and uncles and cousins — and [Nadia] found it. And it was really invaluable because, it’s not like he doesn’t sound like he does in movies, but that’s him acting and this was him in a real environment; it was a direct source. So I listened to that over and over again, and I studied the time period. As for the mannerisms, it was important for me to match that specific moment [with the Life magazine shoot]. And mostly, the physicality was more about who he was on the inside. Who was James Dean? Not what people think he was, but who was he actually as a person? And I think as I started to delve into that, I feel like the mannerisms came along with it.
Did you study those Dennis Stock photos inside and out?
I was pretty familiar with the photos already, but in many ways, they’re staged. Although they’re amazing photos, in a way, they’re somewhat responsible for the myth of James Dean. Because James Dean is not that cool … I mean, he’s cool! But that photo in Times Square, he looks like the epitome of cool, and then there are really interesting photos where he’s sitting behind a desk reading a book which show a different side of him. When I was in college, those were the ones that I thought were the most interesting — it was the first time I saw James Dean and he didn’t look cool. With the role, it was about reading the most I could about him. There are a lot of biographies about him and that was a bit of a problem too because it becomes more about, “Who wrote this? What was their relationship to him? What exactly are they trying to do and why does this information contrast with this information? And what information is undeniably true? And of the information that is undeniably true, what does that show you about who he was?”
It must have been so strange for you to step into that world and recreate these images you love.
Yeah. We definitely had the book on set and I was probably the most annoying with, “Bring the book out! We have to make sure it’s exactly like it was!” I think it was fun to look at the images and see those moments — it was an interesting way to make a movie, for sure.
What did you and Robert Pattinson do to create that bond James and Dennis shared?
It’s an interesting bond because I don’t really look at them as friends. I look at them as two artists who were both struggling in different ways, because they work in different ways, and they come across each other and they influence each other as artists. So while a lot of people are calling it a friendship movie, I don’t really see the friendship part of it. It’s not like Rob and I weren’t friends, it’s just I felt like that was the relationship we had probably because of the film. We hung out a couple of times outside of set, but other than that, it would be show up on set and really get to know each other through the process of making the movie as two artists who go about things in two different ways. And I think in that way, you don’t have to “act” the relationship, you just allow it to happen on screen.
How do you see fame when James Dean was around versus now? He lived at a time when Hollywood was starting to become this huge fascination for people and now it’s reached a whole other level.
Back then, it was almost more creepy because studios would draft actors almost like a basketball team drafts players. And then they would live on the studio lot and, literally, the studios would have pictures of them and say, “Now this guy we’re going to show as our rebel and this woman is our blonde bombshell and this is our ingénue and this is our leading man.” And so, you had no control over your image, your image was controlled by the studio. You did the movies that they wanted you to do and it was only with one studio. Today, there’s a lot more freedom because that’s not how it works. You can do a studio movie, but then you can shoot an independent movie and navigate your career in that way. That was interesting to me because you would have thought back then it was more free, but I actually think it was more controlled.
Even looking at your own resume — you’ve done a big blockbuster with “Spider-Man 2” and a quieter movie like “A Place Beyond the Pines.” You’ve selected a variation of roles. How did you get started?
My whole life I knew I wanted to be an actor. I went to acting school and to college at North Carolina School of the Arts and they do a showcase in New York and one in LA and I was lucky enough to get an agent out of that. Then I started working in theater in New York for a couple of years and that turned into me doing this show “In Treatment” on HBO, and then I moved to LA after that. I’ve been really lucky, it’s been like seven or eight years that I’ve been doing it professionally and it’s been crazy madness.
Do you still audition or are you finding people call for you to be in their films, and if so, how does that make you feel?
Yeah, now that’s what’s been happening lately. It’s way preferred, definitely! [laughs] Listen, I would audition, and I think there’s always going to be 10 people at your level and when all of those 10 people want to do a role and the director doesn’t know who they want, you audition. But the last film I did [“A Cure for Wellness”] was in Germany and Gore Verbinski directed it and he was kind of like, “Do you want to be in my movie?” And I was like, “YES!” And Luc Besson kind of did the same thing. And it’s a really surreal thing. But it is important to me to not allow people to typecast me, if that’s the right word? I really want people to look at me as an actor and not as a person who does THAT thing.
So with Luc Besson, you’re in “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.” How’s that going?
It starts next year and we film in Paris for six months. It’s a really big movie, for sure. Tons of special effects — I’ll be acting to a lot of tennis balls for the first time, which I’m really excited about! I mean, “Spider-Man” had special effects, but there’s also a lot of humanity in “Spider-Man,” a lot of intertwining between actual human relationships. But this movie takes place in outer space. So, I’m really excited and I think it will be interesting to do a movie like that. I don’t really know what that means — right now all I know is that I have to be in really good shape [laughs] … which is a lot of work.
You’re working with Cara Delevingne on that, who’s getting into the film world lately. Have you gotten to know her well?
I’ve met her like two times and sometimes we text each other. I just feel like she’ssooo much cooler than me. [laughs] Her life when she’s not making a movie seems so exciting and she’s at concerts and flying here and there and I’m just on my couch with my dog and my wife, like, checking her Instagram: “Oh, she got the most amazing puppy ever! Oh, now she’s in Mexico at a concert!” She’s really cool, in a way that I’ve never been that cool. But I’ve been thinking about how that could play into the movie because there is an aspect to it that we work together, but I want us to be together, so maybe there’s some fun to be had with how much cooler she is than me.
You’ve worked with some actors with huge fan bases, like Daniel Radcliffe and Rob Pattinson. Did you see all that come into play when you were on set with them? And are you fearful of that kind of fame yourself going forward?
I’ve worked with Shia LaBeouf too, and it manifests itself differently for all those guys. It’s interesting because all those movies have a different target audience. People love Dan in this way where they want to hold him close, where with Rob, they just want to jump on him and make out with him — there’s this sexuality that goes along with Rob’s fans where they’re just sooo into him as a sexual being. And then Shia’s fans are like, “You’re the Transformer hero!” They all handle it different ways. Their lives are all more crazy than mine is. But am I scared of that happening?
Yeah, like for example, can you walk around without people noticing you?
Yeah, well, they don’t not notice me but …
It’s not like you’re attacked.
Right. I can go to the grocery store and people are like, “Hi, I really like you.” And I’m like, “Thank you!” … When we were filming “Life,” I remember one day on set Rob was like, “I went to the grocery store for the first time in so long.” And I was like, “OK?” I don’t know. I don’t really think about that stuff that much because it’s sort of out of my control and I’m just really grateful that I get to do what I do.
Do you think it’s different in New York versus LA?
I know Dan calls New York his “head-up city,” because he feels like it’s the only city where he can walk with his head up. [laughs] Which I think is probably a good way of putting it.
This conversation relates back to James Dean, and sort of idolizing people.
Yeah. People look back on James Dean and think he must have been the coolest, most interesting person. But in the movie, you see that it’s not like they take the Times Square photo and say “I got the shot!” It’s like, “All right, I got another photo, let’s move on.” It’s not until after the fact that it shows a normal person can be turned into an icon. Mostly, everyone is just going through everyday life and maybe even in a mundane way.
That speaks to the whole aspect of fame.
Your work is how people know you. People know me from the roles I’ve done or the photo shoots I’ve done, so they probably think I’m … I don’t know what they think of me! [laughs] But it’s not really me. That’s what I love to do, that’s what I’m most passionate about and I love that I’ve been embraced the way I have, but I’m so much more boring than any character I’ve ever played. Maybe that should be my little secret.
“Life” is now in theaters and on demand.
This interview has been edited and condensed.
Source: The Huffintonpost
Upsetting news for all of Dane fans. I can’t bring myself to comment on this, so I’m just posting the news.
The title of the film is also changing to “College Republicans”
“Unfortunately, I don’t think that movie is really going to work out, at least for me,” DeHaan said in a previous interview with TheWrap. “It’s a movie I’ve been really passionate about for a long time, and it looked like it was coming together so many times, but it’s a really difficult movie to find financing for, I think because of the subject matter.”
“College Republicans” is being produced by Bruce Cohen, Elizabeth Destro, Frank Frattaroli and Kim Leadford. There is no set start date for the movie’s production as of yet.
MacKay is repped by UTA and Premier PR.
Dreaming of James Dean with Dane DeHaan
Looking at Dane DeHaan’s face, whose soulful blue eyes and pouty lips call to mind a young Leonardo DiCaprio; listening to his sleepy voice, which sounds as if it’s being pushed through silk; and scanning his filmography, which is full of artists, romantics and outsiders, you might make assumptions about him. You might think that he gravitates toward certain roles, or they to him, because he has in him that same kind of troubled innocence – Lucien Carr, one of the original Beat Generation, in Kill Your Darlings. Jason, Ryan Gosling’s tortured son, in The Place Beyond the Pines. Timbo, a slinky werepanther on True Blood. Jesse, the manipulative, vulnerable teen who peddles drugs and sleeps with older men on In Treatment. And now James Dean, the poster boy for doomed glamour, in the new film Life (which opens Friday). But that would be an oversimplification, and DeHaan, 29, will call you on it.
“I feel that was James Dean’s problem, too,” he says in a phone interview. “People want to put you into categories, to make you quantifiable: ‘You are this kind of person.’ I just want to be seen as a human being, an actor. You could take a couple of my roles and draw comparisons, but I don’t think it would be fair.”
That’s what Life is about, he continues – “This guy who’s now known as the epitome of cool, what if he was just a human being? What if he wasn’t all the things the world wants him to be, and has put on his shoulders? What if he was a completely different person, but because of certain photos, and the roles he played and the image the studio projected of him, this is the cross he bears?”
Life, directed by Anton Corbijn (A Most Wanted Man), tells the story behind the now-iconic images shot by Magnum photographer Dennis Stock (Robert Pattinson) just before Dean’s premiere in East of Eden, as the pair travelled from New York to Los Angeles and Dean’s family farm in Indiana. Hollywood is already trying to commodify Dean, but he’s resisting. (A Canadian co-production, it was shot partly in Toronto.) The Dean that emerges is thoughtful, amused, wary, unreliable and hard to pin down, but not especially troubled or dark.
DeHaan’s been a fan of Dean since his teens – “He pioneered the kind of acting most people attempt to do today,” he says. So he “immersed” himself in as much Dean as he could for four months, reading books, watching films, listening to his voice. “I had a lot of feelings about him, but I didn’t know a lot about him,” DeHaan says. “Which I feel is how most people are. He’s such a myth. So many people think they know him. But if you read biographies of him, one will say one thing, and the next will say the exact opposite.”
DeHaan had to decide for himself which Dean stories felt believable and which were sensationalized. “People love to latch on to things they’ve heard about him that are dark,” he goes on. “They certainly sell books and make good headlines. But I think that side has been blown out of proportion. And because he died so young, he couldn’t control that.”
Dean’s presence still resonates today because of his talent, DeHaan maintains, not his personal life. “He was an amazing actor,” he says. “Any great artist’s blessing and curse is that they’re in touch with humanity, probably on a deeper level than most people. Human nature will always be human nature, no matter what the time period, and Dean was able to bring that to life in a way that echoes universally and forever. He captured the angst of youth. His characters went through things gracefully but also with such vulnerability; they managed to be macho and feminine at the same time. He made them Everymen.”
DeHaan is working hard to do the same. “I love doing what I do,” he says. “It’s what I’ve always wanted to do. The fact I get to do it on the level I do blows my mind every day.” Fame doesn’t beat him up the way it did Dean – “If I get some high-fives when I go to the grocery store [in Brooklyn, where he lives], I don’t see how I can complain,” he says wryly. “As long as the work is there and challenging, I welcome anything that comes along with that.” Upcoming films include Tulip Fever, in which he plays a 17th-century painter; Two Lovers and a Bear, an indie romance opposite Tatiana Maslany; and A Cure for Wellness, a supernatural horror film that was shot in a German castle.
Although DeHaan doesn’t stay in character off set, whatever he’s working on becomes “an all-consuming task. I take what I do maybe too seriously.” Aspects of his roles creep into his life and affect him – not by choice, he insists – but he doesn’t realize how much until after the fact. While playing Dean, for example, “I was always telling people, ‘Be cool,’” DeHaan says, laughing. “I was so sensitive. I was crying all the time. And more paranoid than I usually am.”
He also had dreams about Life, including dreams in which he was Dean – but that’s not unusual for him. “I have to be dreaming about what I’m doing,” DeHaan says. “It’s really important for me to dig into my work, not only on a conscious level, but also on a subconscious level. So when I’m dreaming about it, then I feel it’s working on a level I’m not in control of. That puts me at ease, knowing my conscious work is also affecting me subconsciously.”
So committed is DeHaan that if he’s not dreaming about his work, “I’d be worried,” he says. “I’d be like, I need to work harder.’”
Source: The Globe and Mail