Dane DeHaan attends Questions and Answers during Monclair Film Festival 2015

Montclair Film Festival 2015: Conversation with Patrick Wilson + photos

Actors Patrick Wilson and Dane DeHaan regaled an enthusiastic audience of fans during a wide-ranging and enlightening Montclair Film Festival Conversation about the art of acting, their love for indie filmmaking and their new projects.

Wilson’s impressive film credits include Hard Candy (2005), Little Children (2006), Watchmen(2009), The Switch (2010), Young Adult (2011), The Conjuring (2013) and the upcoming The Man on Carrion Road. His TV career has been notable for his role in the acclaimed HBO mini-series Angels in America (2003) and his memorable (and controversial) guest spot on an episode of Lena Dunham’s Girls in 2013. He returns to the small screen this fall with a starring role in the new season of Fargo.

Like Wilson, DeHaan is a professionally trained theater actor whose career started to take off when he appeared on HBO’s In Treatment in 2010. He’s perhaps best known for his film roles in Lawless (2012), The Place Beyond the Pines (2012), Kill Your Darlings (2013) and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014). He’ll next appear on the silver screen in September in Life, a film by Anton Corbijn in which he portrays James Dean.

In introducing DeHaan, Wilson enthused, “Very few times do you get to watch someone, especially a young actor who starts out and in a few years amasses such an unbelievable resumé and catalog of work….Every time this guy is on the screen, he scores.”

Below are a few excerpts from their lively conversation.

On catching their big breaks with roles on prestigious HBO shows – DeHaan in In Treatmentand Wilson in Angels in America.

DD: The ratings [for In Treatment] rounded down to 0.0, but it was still on HBO for three years. Every year they took a young actor out of relative anonymity and gave them amazing material. They gave us monologues, which are like candy for an actor.

PW: That’s the way I felt about Angels in America. Very few young actors get to have great material to show their stuff. You may have the greatest actors, but if they’ve only got only two lines on some little show, it’s hard to show their skill.

On their love for indie filmmaking, their need to find a balance with the projects they undertake and their game plans.

DD: For myself, it’s important to do indies to feed my soul, but in order to do those movies I have to do bigger movies because it’s doing the bigger movies that allows me to do the indie movies. It’s a constant battle. My plan now is to do enough to remain in the public’s awareness so I can still do movies I really want to do and that I’m super passionate about.

PW: You just want to do great work. I’m almost done filming Fargo. It’s 10 episodes, a much different feeling from signing on for five years for a network show. It’s basically been four months, which is like a long studio film. But it was a very conscious decision to want to be in things that people saw. You want to keep relevant and you want to work with great directors.Fargo is one of those really revered shows on TV and you feel very lucky to have great material in a show that a lot of people see.

On acting as an art and a career.

DD: Patrick and I both went to acting conservatories. You learn how to act in the classical sense of the word. I’m a huge advocate of learning how to do it, going to college, learning how to act because you love acting and then hopefully being presented an opportunity because of the work that you know how to do.

PW: It’s hard when you’re in LA or around NY, because you feel like it’s right there. It’s a different thing than if you grow up in PA or FL where Broadway and Hollywood seem so far away. You have to look at acting like a career. You go to school for it just like any other career.

On their favorite genres.

DD: The small, independent movies. The ones that are more naturalistic and you don’t have to rely so much on the script and you don’t have to make sure you have a PG-13 rating at the end of the day. But it’s really cool to go to work and put on a superhero suit. But I think if I only did the indie movies, I’d go insane.

PW: I don’t really have a favorite genre. I usually try to pick whatever’s different from the last one, especially with horror movies. Inevitably, when you have a horror movie that works, people start sending you horror movies. I’m already in two franchises. I’m not going to do another horror movie.

On playing fictional vs. non-fictional characters.

DD: I just got back from filming Two Loves and a Bear in the Arctic about two fictional people. There’s a main plot point where my character has a lot of trepidation about going on the journey but he didn’t have a specific reason why. I had to make up the reason why. When I played James Dean, his entire life is so chronicled, it’s insane.

On taking on James Dean.

DD: I said ‘no’ to Life five times. He’s one of my favorite actors and I had all these reasons at the time not to do it. He’s only been in three movies, he’s untouched, mysterious. I’ve had a poster of him on my wall since college. I realized I was operating out of fear. I started to listen to my wife, my managers, my agents and everyone around me who said, “You like the script, you like the director. You say you always want to play challenging roles that you feel are impossible and now one is actually presenting itself to you and you’re running away from it.” I realized I had to practice what I preach.

Source: Montclair Film Fest

Exclusive interview of Dane DeHaan for ANOTHER MAN 2015 magazine. Only on!




Photography by Willy Vanderperre
Styling Alister Mackie


You’re an actor and he’s an actor; he’s more than an actor – he’s a fading celestial poster beside Einstein’s and Monroe’s – people your age don’t even think about him really or know about him, your secret fear is they never will, you’re proprietary of his memory and legacy; he’s your hero, he’s always been your hero, and this smart old Dutch filmmaker keeps approaching you about him, about memorialising James Dean, but not really, he wants you to become James Dean, he’s a shockingly smart old Dutch auteur who worked with Nirvana for fuck’s sake and directed that amazing Joy Division thing called Control and Phil Hoffman’s exquisite last turn, A Most Wanted Man, this flying Dutchman keeps asking you to play Dean, keeps coming back even after you’ve said no five times, he and his people keep saying they want you on film, as Dean, forever, but you’re in a quandary. Because any actor who’s asked to play a real person is in a quandary, sort of, even though there are a million precedents, a dilemma presents, reason being that actors are loathe to consider themselves impersonators, they want to be alchemists or be considered as such, as the best, in truth, often are. It’s what they aspire to be. But young rising-actor- playing-young-dead-more-than-famous-actor presents a hellish, challenging riddle. It isn’t a Capote or a Jake LaMotta or a Cheryl Strayed or a Stephen Hawking – it’s acting like a famous actor! The sticky, inherent vice of the puzzle isn’t the dreaded “meta” aspects of the task at hand but the sheer potential shameful TV movie biopic horror of it. Actors act so they may disappear – how to disappear into the cartoonily calcified myth of an estate- copyrighted representation of the best (intuitive shapeshifter) and the worst (commodified, caricatured) of one’s trade?

Richard Burton once said an actor is less than a man but an actress is more than a woman.

Does an actor who signs on to play James Dean become less than less of a man?

“I was at a loss as to why I should do it, and I think for a good reason. Scared of it, ultimately. Big task. I’ve had a poster of Dean on my wall since I was in college and still do now. I said no five times but they kept calling. My wife was trying to convince me, my manager was trying to convince me. I sat down with the producer and he explained that the movie wasn’t a biopic, not a standard film. It tries to show how a normal person can be turned into an icon – what that means. The journey of that. And there’s a new generation of people who don’t know who Dean is, and that’s sad to me. Anton [Corbijn, the old Dutchman] seemed really chill. You know, the amazing thing about Dean was that he only made three films and then he was gone.” 

The conundrum: filmmakers make ultra-violent films then assert their films are statements against violence. Filmmakers make biopics and assert they aren’t biopics. In the end, the only thing that matters is Art. And this is, after all, Anton Corbijn.

James Dean was gay. JD wasn’t gay. JD had a sexual relationship with his pastor after his mother died. JD fucked Pier Angeli on the beach at their secret cottage hideaway. JD loved men and wanted to sleep with them because his father was a prick. JD loved women and wanted to sleep with them because his mother, whom he adored, upped and died of uterine cancer when he was nine. JD had sex with men only for money or favours that advanced his career. It is impossible, says a friend, through the tule fog of celebrity tabloid history, to imagine Dean having a fulfilling sexual relationship with a woman. It is impossible, says another headlight in the fog, to imagine him not. Like Kerouac and everyone else, Dean’s sexuality is eternally in the eye of the beholder.

There are no grey areas about Dane DeHaan, who finally agreed to be James Dean in a film called Life by Anton Corbijn. It’s about the friendship between the eponymous magazine’s photographer, Dennis Stock (Rob Pattinson) and DD. Stock was hired to do a photo essay of the actor before East of Eden came out and the two travelled together from LA to Indiana to New York; many of the iconic images of the rebel were taken during those two weeks, the more well-known ones in Times Square. You can’t get much out of DeHaan, and not because he’s cagey. He presents as a true American innocent, polite, thoughtful and untormented. It’s almost uncanny, shocking. Young, and married – he’s 29 and has been wed since bride and groom were 25, which feels young for an ascending male star to be hitched – Dane went to musical theatre camp from the age of four to 16. Four to 16! That’s almost like being in a cult. His tastes in reading and film and music are middle-of-the-road, middle school syllabus-worthy.




If you ask him what book or film or work of art transformed him, he’ll say, “I guess I never had an aha moment.” He says it like a farmer, not a farm boy, and the guilelessness overcomes and refreshes. He’s no Depp, no Penn, in search of demented and perverse suicidal fathers – no Bukowski and Hunter Thompson for this kid. He doesn’t have a pretentious, bad boy bone in his body. There will be no marathon 3am to 6am phone calls with tender, sadistic, druggie genius litterateurs, anecdotally suitable for future talk shows and memoirs.

For Dane, the most shocking thing about James Dean is that he lived in Santa Monica and Brentwood, and went to UCLA.

DeHaan himself grew up in Allentown, Pennsylvania. He’s close to mother. “She’s one of my best friends,” says he, with endearing innocence. “We watched a lot of Disney in the house. When I turned 12, I was going to have a party and take everyone to Ace Ventura – loved Ace Ventura! – but we had to cancel it because one of the parents didn’t want her kid to go to a PG-13.”

The whole party, cancelled, out of prudence and decency! Who are these people? It wasn’t until he went to acting school that Dane began his education in film. His acting coach said, You should really watch this, so he did: Dean, Brando, Paul Newman, Elia Kazan, Arthur Miller. “Forrest Gump meant a lot, it was more than entertainment. Its craftsmanship blew me away.” No Cassavetes, no Von Trier, no Altman for this boy. He wasn’t even aware of the Beats until he knocked ’em dead as Lucien Carr in Kill Your Darlings. Then his education continued on a higher, less Gumpian plane: The Motorcycle Diaries, the Brothers Dardenne, The Shining and Rosemary’s Baby. “Though I’m not really a big fan of horror.” 

I believe it.

No serious injuries or illnesses when growing up, no deaths, no extremity. The only potentially soap operatic thing is, he never knew his grandfather on his mom’s side because she didn’t know the man himself. The traumatic event of his life was at 17: his parents’ divorce. The coming of age moment, more ugh than aha. A perfect childhood, then splitsville: it all came crashing down one summer. “I took the family role as ‘leader'” – he has an older sister – “at least for a few months. I stepped up. I think maybe I yelled at my father for a night or two. You know, if a friend’s in trouble, they can come to me, but I’m not good at giving advice. They can come to me for honesty and truthfulness but I’m not great at working through stuff. I’m not a worker-througher. They go to my wife for that.”

“You know, I’ve loved Dean all my life but I guess I didn’t really know that much about him. I read about him for the film, his early life. His mom and dad moved to Santa Monica for his father’s work when he was pretty young, then his mom died from cancer and his dad couldn’t really take care of him. He sent him back to Indiana to be raised by his aunt and uncle. He had kind of a fractured childhood. And it’s funny, I thought that because he came up in the time of Adler and Strasberg and the Method, 

I thought as an actor he’d be really into that. That he would have bought into it, into everything Strasberg was telling him. But he didn’t! He did things his own way and didn’t like to be told what he was doing was wrong or bad. I think he was kind of very insecure that way. He’d lock himself in his trailer for three hours until he felt he was ready. I guess the way that I work is, well, I enjoy the whole classical training thing. I do it as I was taught – the breaking down of a script. I do what I was taught to do and when it’s time to go, I toss all that out the window. I really do think Dean was afraid of being wrong. He worked really hard to get into The Actors Studio but when he did his first monologue he got totally torn apart and barely ever went back to class! He wasn’t like Brando, you know, the protege of Stella. Dean worked really hard to get a spot in Strasberg’s class.”

When Dane became a young adult, he talks as if he awakened from an Interstellar-like slumber. “I finally read Vonnegut, Gatsby… the last book was The Goldfinch, I was obsessed. I think I read it in like three days. I haven’t really felt comfortable picking up another book since. I guess I’m still digesting the experience. I read a lot of scripts. I would like to do theatre, though.” Asked what dramatists interest him – Mamet? LaBute? Something old school? – he says, “The only writer in the last five years is Annie Baker. She wrote The Flick. I was in The Aliens in 2010. [And received a New York Times rave for his portrayal of a young high school misfit in the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater production.] I’d love to work with PT Anderson, Wes Anderson, Aronofsky, Nolan. I act because I love it. I’m obsessed with acting… because it’s something I can work at forever – it’s a never-ending quest. I do it for the work,

I honour the work. There’s nothing else I really do. I love to golf but was never good enough to go pro. Golf is my meditation.

I backpacked around Europe between my junior and senior years in college. Backpacked with my girlfriend, now wife. My favourite place is Paris. I’m not really drawn to darkness. I guess my shining moment was when I played the Rooster in Annie. [Strange. Isn’t that what “DeHaan” means, in Dutch? I read that somewhere but forgot to ask him.] Or maybe Sir Oakley in Anything Goes – I was 14. I don’t really listen to music that much. If I’m alone, I prefer silence. But I like the Avett Brothers. And The National and that new song by Hozier. I guess I just let life happen, and stick to my guns. I’m actually an incredibly grateful person. I’m really pleased with how my life has gone. I’d like to be a dad. But right now, I’m a ‘fur dad’. I have a dog that I treat like a human child.”

Dane is nearly five years older than Dean was when he died. He’ll crash on a couch, not in a Porsche, after learning his lines; he’ll never put a bag over his head that says “I AM NOT FAMOUS ANYMORE”; he’ll go on to do theatre without Birdman’s nudge-wink smarter-than-thou hijinks. And he will continue to evolve in that thoughtful, homespun, grateful, journeyman way.

What you see is what you get – except on camera, where the mystery really matters.


HAIR Duffy at Streeters, Session and Editorial Ambassador Vidal Sassoon MAKE UP Peter Philips at Art + Commerce SET DESIGN Emma Roach DIGITAL TECHNICIAN Henri Coutant at Dtouch LIGHTING DIRECTOR Romain Dubus PHOTOGRAPHIC ASSISTANT Pavel Woznicki STYLING ASSISTANTS Reuben Esser, Laura Vartiainen, Marina Quinete HAIR ASSISTANT Ryan Mitchell MAKE UP ASSISTANT Emiko Ayabe SET DESIGN ASSISTANTS Andy Pan, Jonathan Chick STUDIO MANAGER Floriane Desperier PRODUCTION Wes Olson at Connect The Dots PRODUCTION CO-ORDINATOR Cassandra Bickman PRODUCTION ASSISTANT Chenoah Rommereim

Dane DeHaan for Another Man S/S15 Photography by Willy Vanderperre, Styling by Alister Mackie

Dane DeHaan covers Another Man S/S15: All Stars issue: BUY TODAY

Dane DeHaan – Hollywood’s go-to man for complex outsiders – appears on two covers photographed by Willy Vanderperre and styled by Another Man’s creative director Alister Mackie. In the accompanying interview, LA novelist and screenwriter Bruce Wagner talks to the actor about taking on the ultimate big-screen misfit, James Dean.

You can already ORDER the magazine online. Payments by Paypal and credit cards are accepted, and the worldwide shipping is available. Make sure to check later, as I’ll surely be posting an entire article, UHQs photos and (possibly) outtakes when they become available.

So far you can view both cover versions in HQ:

Dane DeHaan during LIFE press conference (Berlinale 2015): LIFE movie review from Dane fan who got to see it

“LIFE” through the eyes of a fan: a review of the movie from’s visitor

Our website’s visitor tumblr user gofuckupyourmind got to see “Life” at the Berlinale International 2015 Film Festival. She was very kind to share her review, as well as some of photos of Dane taken by her during the festival. Please read the review below, and don’t forget to check her tumblr page!

I just go to watch the film without any expectations. I just want it to surprise me.
I heard from the film that Robert Pattionson should play the leading role, but after watching it I have to say that Dane plays a similarly important part!
My first thought after hearing that Dane plays James Dean was “Is he he right person to play Dean??”
And after whatching the movie I can say YES HE IS!
It was great! The character is a misunderstood,mysterious, rebellious person. And this is a perfect character for Dane to play! Cause he seems to love it and if we’re honest we love it too.
During the movie you understand more and more why he think like he does and why he acts like he does. You will understand what made James Dean to this icon he is today.
Summing up: If you liked ‘Kill your Darlings’ (I love it!) you have to watch this movie(It’s kind of similar sort of film)! If it come out in your country go to the cinema and watch it! Dane is so fantastic. And you learn more about James Dean and his short life aswell.


Dane DeHaan and Robert Pattinson attend LIFE screening during Berlinale 2015

Expressandstar’s new article mentions “LIFE” and the UK release date

Robert Pattinson has joked it was tortuous being on the other side of the lens for his new movie, Life.

The former Twilight star plays photographer Dennis Stock in Anton Corbijn’s film, which chronicles the friendship between him and Hollywood actor James Dean (played by Dane DeHaan) after they worked together on a shoot for Life magazine.

“I do feel like being a paparazzi for a second – I do empathise with their plight,” the 28-year-old actor quipped. “I was filled with self-loathing, wretchedness – I wanted to really kind of harm myself at the end of every day.”

Rob attended the film’s premiere at the Berlin Film Festival with co-star Dane at the Grand Hyatt Hotel. Dane said: “It’s a movie about two artists who get to know each other through working with each other, and I feel that’s what we did on this film.”

Since leaving his Twilight role of vampire Edward Cullen, Rob has starred in dystopian thriller The Rover and David Cronenberg’s dark drama Maps To The Stars. He will be seen in Werner Herzog’s upcoming drama Queen Of The Desert alongside Nicole Kidman and James Franco.

He said of his loyal followers: “You just hope people enjoy every week that you do. I’m doing stuff that’s all very different so it’s quite surprising when I see them enjoying this, The Rover and stuff like that.”

Life will be released in UK cinemas on September 25.

Source: Expressandstar

Dane DeHaan as James Dean in LIFE; Highlights from recent "LIFE" reviews with emphasis on Dane's performance

Highlights from recent “LIFE” reviews with emphasis on Dane’s performance

“Life” has just had its worldwide premiere in Berline during the 2015 Berlinale international film festival. Below you can find the collection of some of the biggest magazines and websites reviews. I included the links to original (full) articles, as well as posted the highlights related to Dane and his performance. Warning: some of the reviews may contain spoilers. Also please understand that not every article praises Dane, but I decided to collect all the opinions.

Berlin Review: Anton Corbijn’s ‘Life’ is a Bland James Dean Biopic Starring Dane DeHaan and Robert Pattinson
Grade: C+
On Dane: DeHaan, despite his best efforts, doesn’t exactly resemble the actor, and his performance also registers as caricature: He nails the voice and posture but only to the level of a well-honed impersonation. The disconnect is all the more evident in DeHaan’s rapport with Pattinson.

Dane DeHaan is a magnetic James Dean in Anton Corbijn’s elegant study of the complex bond between star and shutterbug.
On Dane: DeHaan and Pattinson enact this anti-romance beautifully, each man quizzically eyeing the other for leads and clues, while coyly retreating from scrutiny. (…) DeHaan, meanwhile, plays Dean as the more openly flirtatious of the two, a flashier generational companion to his louchely inspired Lucien Carr in 2013’s “Kill Your Darlings.”
While he’s far from the first to suggest a distinct fluidity to the star’s sexuality, DeHaan’s is nonetheless a witty, inventive interpretation, exaggerating Dean’s breathy vocal mannerisms and relaxed body language to conjure an aura of studied, open-to-all sensuality. (…) Though he’s considerably aided by immaculate costuming and hairstyling, DeHaan doesn’t look much like his subject; his performance glides on its own brand of quicksilver intensity.

On Dane: DeHaan method acts his way into the persona of a consummate method actor whose cool persona was partly a protective screen; his Dean is very much in the mould of the Dean remembered by his East Of Eden co-star Lois Smith, who once said: “He was a sweet, rustic person, but there was also this suspicious, taut, guarded young man

The Hollywood Reporter
Dane DeHaan plays James Dean while Robert Pattinson is the LIFE magazine photographer who captured the elusive star in a series of iconic 1955 portraits.
On Dane: [The] problem [of the movie being inauthentic] starts with DeHaan’s take on Dean, which seems more studied than inhabited, from the hunched shoulders and drowsy eyes to the sleepy-cool mumble. The performance becomes more effective as he gradually exposes a core of wounded vulnerability. But from Dean’s first appearance, the characterization struggles to avoid the trap of impersonation. DeHaan is solid in [the scene where James opens up during the Indiana trip] and later, when James lets down his defenses and reveals his solitude. And yet the film mostly grasps for unearned emotions.

The Playlist
Berlin Review: Anton Corbijn’s ‘Life’ Starring Robert Pattinson & Dane DeHaan
Grade: C+ / B-
On Dane: Neither Pattinson nor DeHaan, promising as they may be, have that many miles on the clock yet, and there’s a hesitance in the work of both actors. DeHaan actually benefits from the ostensibly thankless task of playing Dean (and from certain angles at certain times he looks uncannily like him), who at least has a fully-fledged persona he can play into or try to subvert (seldom the latter).

Boston Herald
LIFE is the historically rigorous true story of a brief friendship between budding star James Dean just as he was about to explode in global consciousness as the tormented son in EAST OF EDEN
On Dane: DeHaan doesn’t exactly resemble Dean so much as inhabit his Fifties hipster lingo, attitude and speech patterns.

On Dane: Now, regrettably, to Corbijn’s one false note, and it’s kind of a big one: the casting of Dane DeHaan, who, let’s face it, is the last person on earth you’d expect to play James Dean. He just doesn’t have the conventional movie star good looks to be believable in that era. (To his credit, he has a unique look, which is perhaps why he’s had many great roles.) DeHaan’s Deanisms – that southern drawl, that forlorn stroll – seem almost comically overboard, verging on a costume party performance. Still, at least he didn’t overdo Dean’s trademark squinty eyes (a key part to any drunken costume party impersonation). (…) Replace DeHaan with a more apt actor (is James Franco too obvious?) and you’ve got a really great movie.

Robert Pattinson impresses in this stylish drama about the relationship between celebrity and the media.
On Dane: (…)Dennis Stock, outshines Dane DeHaan’s over-baked rendering of James Dean, although the latter is poignant enough to enliven this tale of men helping each other to take a leap into greatness. (…) Dane DeHaan ratchets up Dean’s rhythmic speech and sounds permanently like a performance poet reading Allan Ginsberg. His small cherubic face is worlds away from the big handsome mug of history. His awkward mannerisms morph beautifully into charm, still the array of affectations jar.

James Dean, although the lead-star of only three films, concreted himself as one of the cinema’s golden age legends quite quickly in the 1950’s – mainly through his unconventional approach to Hollywood’s rules – this is, all before his premature death quite soon later.
Grade: 3/5 stars
On Dane: For Dehaan, the performance, both visually and in terms of acting is undeniably suited as he resonates Dean’s moody and unique approach, showing him as a person, not merely an icon.

There is plenty of focus but little flash in Anton Corbijn’s Life (2015), a snapshot of one of cinema’s most enduring icons.
Grade: 3/5 stars
On Dane: Owen Pallett’s jazz-infused score and Corbijn’s sharp, conservative framing capture the essence of a decade in which America was shifting towards a more liberal perspective on life and the arts. DeHaan and Pattinson are also both terrific, at once elegant and charismatic, yet equally uncomfortable in the skins they inhabit. Dean’s ability to mirror the dilemmas of a disenfranchised generation of youngster made him a star and whilst DeHaan’s performance is a little over-exaggerated, he still manages to capture that sense of relatable despondency.

Berlinale 2015: Life Review
Grade: 4/5 stars
On Dane: To begin with, Jimmy Dean, played by an alluring Dane DeHaan, is somewhat difficult to connect with, at arms length with the media, and reluctant for Stock to complete his photo-essay on the rising star for Life Magazine. (…) Given the undeniable charm and charisma of Pattinson, there was always the fear that he would steal the show from his counterpart, and be perceived as the star. However such is his understated, subtle turn, it allows DeHaan to take on that very role, which, given he’s playing James Dean, simply has to be the case.

Life: ‘fascinating’
Grade: 4/5 stars
On Dane: From the first scene of Anton Corbijn’s Life, DeHaan gives us very much his own Dean, and he’s immediately rather fascinating. The resemblance is marginal – if anything, he looks more like a young Brad Pitt.

"LIFE": production notes, quotes and a lot about Dane DeHaan

Screendaily: Dane DeHaan talks to Screen about portraying James Dean.

US actor Dane DeHaan has said the challenge of portraying Hollywood icon James Dean filled him with nerves.

“I was hesitant to do the project because I held him in such high regard,” the Chronicle and Lawles star toldScreen about portraying Dean in Anton Corbijn’s Berlinale Gala drama Life. “It was nerve-wracking. I felt a lot of pressure and initially questioned whether it should be done.”

DeHaan had long been a Dean devotee: “I’ve had a poster of him in my room since I was at college and at acting school my teachers told us to watch his films and study his performances.”

Corbijn’s drama charts the relationship between Lifemagazine photographer Dennis Stock (Robert Pattinson) and Dean, after the former is assigned to shoot pictures of the famously camera-shy Giant star.

Corbijn’s drama goes beyond traditional biopic however, says DeHaan: “This film isn’t about James Dean the icon, it’s about how a human being is turned into an icon and how that impacts on a person.”

“The film is about two artists with very different approaches. Stock was driven by his anxiety and fears, Dean was more chilled. He was less interested in securing his next job than letting things come to him. The business almost suffocates Dean whereas the business propels Stock. The two characters see each others’ strengths and weaknesses in each other.”

FilmNation represents international sales on Life, which gets its world premiere tonight.

DeHaan heads to northern Canada in spring to shoot Kim Nguyen’s (War Witch) indie drama Two Lovers and a Bearopposite Tatiana Maslany.

Source: Screendaily

James Franco on Dane DeHaan. On photo: both in their roles of the iconic James Dean

Berlin: James Franco on Dane DeHaan’s “Obsession” With Him

James Franco on Monday discussed his Berlinale Panorama entry I Am Michael, on which he worked as a producer and star, and up-and-comer Dane DeHaan and how his career choices mirror some of his own.

Appearing during a press conference with I Am Michael director Justin Kelly, Franco was asked if he would see DeHaan in Berlinale Special entry Life, which debuts in Berlin Monday night. In the film from Anton Corbijn, DeHaan plays James Dean, who Franco had portrayed in Mark Rydell‘s James Dean. “I will see Dane DeHaan,” Franco replied.

He then pointed out that the two had more in common, as DeHaan also played “Allen Ginsburg‘s buddy” in Kill Your Darlings, while Franco played Ginsburg in Rob Epstein‘s Howl. Quipped Franco: “I don’t know why he is so obsessed with me.”

You can read the entire article via THR

Dane DeHaan as James Dean in "Life" (2015) - exclusive biography from LIFE production notes

Dane DeHaan: biography from “Life” production notes

DANE DEHAAN – James Dean

Dane DeHaan has made a formidable impression on film and television audiences and is currently one of the industry’s most sought after actors of his generation.

Currently, DeHaan is filming the independent romance drama Tulip Fever, directed by Justin Chadwick opposite Alicia Vikander, Christoph Waltz, Zach Galifianakis and Jack O’Connell. The film is set in the 17th century and follows the secret romance between an artist (DeHaan) who falls for a young married woman (Vikander) while he’s commissioned to paint a portrait of her and her husband (Waltz.) DeHaan is currently filming in London.

Dane was most recently be seen in Sony Pictures’ The Amazing Spider-Man 2 in the role of Harry Osbourne opposite Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone and Jamie Foxx. Directed by Marc Webb, the action-adventure film was released on May 2, 2014 and has grossed $694 million worldwide to-date.

Last summer, DeHaan starred opposite Aubrey Plaza in A24’s dark comedy Life After Beth. Directed by Jeff Baena, Life After Beth follows Zach (DeHaan), a young man who tries to continue dating his girlfriend Beth (Plaza), after she dies and rises from the dead as a zombie. The film premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.

In 2013, DeHaan was nominated for a Gotham Award in the “Breakthrough actor” category and at the Hamptons International Film Festival in the “Breakthrough Performer” category for his leading role in Sony Picture Classics’ critically acclaimed beat generation film Kill Your Darlings. Directed by John Krokidas, Kill Your Darlings is loosely based on the life of poet Allen Ginsberg (Daniel Radcliffe). DeHaan portrays Ginsberg’s anti-establishment and rowdy friend, Lucien Carr and the film chronicles the untold story of a 1944 murder bringing together a young Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston) and William S. Burroughs (Ben Foster). The film premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and was shown at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. Sony Picture Classics released the film on October 16, 2013 to rave reviews.

Also in 2013, DeHaan appeared in Metallica: Through The Never, a concert documentary directed by Nimrod Antal. Dehaan portrays a young roadie who is sent on an urgent mission during the band’s show. In March 2013, DeHaan starred in the critically lauded Focus Features film The Place Beyond The Pines, directed by Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine) opposite Ryan Gosling, Eva Mendes and Bradley Cooper. DeHaan portrayed the character of Gosling’s young son, Jason. The film was recognized by the National Board of Review as one of their top 10 films of 2013.

In 2012, Dane starred in The Weinstein Company’s film Lawless, directed by John Hillcoat (The Road), opposite Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, Jason Clark, Gary Oldman and Guy Pearce. The film, set in a depression-era, gritty Virginia, follows three brothers who are part of a bootlegging gang, illegally selling moonshine. Lawless was released on August 29, 2012.

Also in 2012, DeHaan starred in 20th Century Fox’s box office hit, Chronicle, which was released in February 2012. The film follows three high school friends (Dehaan, Michael B. Jordon and Alex Russell) who develop superpowers after making a discovery underground and find their lives spinning out of control and their bond tested as they embrace their darker sides.

DeHaan first came on the radar for his portrayal of Jesse on HBO’s critically acclaimed drama series In Treatment, in which he starred in the third season of the series alongside Gabriel Byrne. His performance was praised as a “revelatory breakthrough” by Variety and “brilliant” by the Chicago Sun Times.

In 2010, DeHaan received an Obie Award for his performance on the critically acclaimed off-Broadway production of, directed by Annie Baker. A Rattlestick Theater production, The Aliens was given the prestigious honor of “Play of the Year” by The New York Times. DeHaan made his Broadway debut in 2008 with American Buffalo.

Other film and television credits include Lincoln, directed by Steven Spielberg, Devils Knot, True Blood, Stormy Weather, Woodrow Wilson and Magnolia Pictures’ Jack And Diane, directed by Bradley Rust Gray. DeHaan began his film career under the direction of two-time Oscar Nominee John Sayles and opposite Chris Cooper in Amigo, released by Variance films in 2011.

A graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Dane currently resides in New York City.


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