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On Movies: Taking on the role of his tragic film idol

Dane DeHaan as James Dean in upcoming 'Life'

NEW YORK – Here’s an odd bit of trivia about Lehigh Valley-born Dane DeHaan: Thus far in his relatively brief career, the 28-year-old actor has had two major screen roles previously owned by James Franco.

One is Harry Osborn – a.k.a. Green Goblin – the troubled scion of the founder of the sinister global conglom Oscorp, and Peter Parker’s friend-turned-foe. DeHaan plays Harry in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which opened everywhere this weekend. Back in the aughts, Franco was Harry in the three Sam Raimi-directed Spider-Mans starring Tobey Maguire.

In 2001, a year before the first Spider-Man, Franco portrayed James Dean in a much-lauded TV biography. DeHaan has just finished playing the ’50s screen icon in Life, which follows Dean and Life magazine photographer Dennis Stock (played by Robert Pattinson) on a trip back to the star’s Indiana hometown before the 1955 New York premiere of East of Eden.

“It really is strange,” says DeHaan, noting the parallels with Franco, the famously industrious actor/director/scribe/poet/teacher/Ph.D. candidate/Instagrammer. “Because I don’t even see us as similar types of people.”

All he wants to do – all he’s ever wanted to do – is act.

DeHaan joined his first theater program – the now-defunct Stage Door Workshop in Allentown – when he was 4. He was back there every summer until he was 16.

“It was this really amazing theater camp for kids where we would take classes and then we’d do a play,” he says, his blue eyes, capable of being as cold as ice onscreen, aglow with fond memories. “It was like a mini summer conservatory.”

DeHaan, who grew up in Zionsville, son of a computer programmer and a furniture company executive, went to Emmaus High School. He appeared in school plays, to be sure, but also in community theater. Evenings, weekends, whenever. For his senior year of high school, he went to the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and stayed on, graduating from the drama program in 2008.

“If I could, I would stay there forever,” he says of the Winston-Salem school. “It’s a very safe, wonderful place.”

Instead, he headed for New York. He understudied Haley Joel Osment in the short-lived revival of David Mamet’s American Buffalo, and played a credit card thief in a Law & Order: SVU episode.

He won attention for his recurring role as a rageful teen who has sex with older men in the third season of HBO’s psychotherapy series, In Treatment. Like the show’s other younger cast members – Mia Wasikowska, Alison Pill – DeHaan’s weekly appearances opposite Gabriel Byrne led to film offers, and Hollywood.

DeHaan was one of the trio of high school pals who suddenly gain superpowers in the 2012 found-footage sci-fi feature Chronicle. He had a small role as a Union soldier in Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln. And he played Ryan Gosling‘s son in the third chapter of Derek Cianfrance’s The Place Beyond the Pines, which also starred Bradley Cooper. The scene of DeHaan’s character riding a just-bought motorcycle down a country road – Gosling’s character was a motorcycle stunt rider – ends the film.

In Kill Your Darlings, released last year, DeHaan was Lucien Carr, the 1940s Columbia student who fell in with Beat Generation luminaries William Burroughs (Ben Foster), Allen Ginsberg (Daniel Radcliffe), and Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston).

There’s something incredibly cinematic about Dane,” says Marc Webb, who cast and directed him in Amazing Spider-Man 2. “He can be surprisingly funny, and it’s weird because when you watch him, there’s something a little off-balance, a little dark, but then you start talking to him and he’s the sweetest guy in the world. . . . It’s disarming.”

For Amazing Spider-Man 2, DeHaan gets to turn more than a little dark. As Harry, reluctant heir to the Oscorp fortune, he finds himself rekindling his friendship with Andrew Garfield‘s Peter Parker, only to square off against Peter’s Marvel superhero alter ego. The final, furious face-off in the giant-screen spectacle pits Spider-Man against Green Goblin – Harry with a hideous skin ailment, demonic eyes, wild hair, in an armored suit whooshing around on his electromagnetic Goblin Glider.

“The last fight between me and Spider-Man was definitely the most physically challenging part of the whole six-month shoot,” DeHaan says. “The set was like 110 degrees at least, and I’m wearing a 50-pound suit and covered in prosthetics. In between takes, they were literally pouring buckets of ice water down my back and it was turning to steam – my brain was melting.

“It was crazy. But still really fun.”

There are no 50-pound suits in Life, the James Dean movie DeHaan wrapped in February. Instead, the pressure came from inside.

“It was the biggest challenge of my life, for sure,” says DeHaan, who is married to actress Anna Hood, also a University of North Carolina School of the Arts alum. “Dean has always been one of my favorite actors. I’ve had a poster of him on my wall since I was in college . . . . I would tell someone that I was doing the movie and they would immediately tell me something about James Dean – and most of the time they were wrong.”

DeHaan laughs.

“And there was so much about him that I found out that I was wrong about, too. It was this really interesting journey of taking this guy that has been on my wall and making him human, and figuring out who he actually was and trying to embody that.”


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Dane DeHaan’s Green Goblin Is the Best Thing About ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’

Dane DeHaan talks about his transformation into the ‘hipster’ Green Goblin for this weekend’s superhero blockbuster, ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2.’

Like many of us, Dane DeHaan grew up pretending to be Spider-Man. He wore Spider-Man onesie pajamas to bed when he was a little boy. He dressed as the crime-fighting web slinger for Halloween, too. He has distinct memories of watching Tobey Maguire play the role in Sam Raimi’s film trilogy while he was in high school—and loving them.

So when it was announced that the superhero would be hitting the big screen again in 2012’s The Amazing Spider-Man, just seven years afterSpider-Man 3, DeHaan had one reaction. “I wanted to be in it,” he says. “And I wanted to be Spider-Man.”

But while many of us found the news of another Spider-Man movie so soon about as unpleasant as Kirsten Dunst singing at a cabaret, DeHaan was eager for its return—and eager to be part of it.

Look, I loved the Spider-Man movies, and I didn’t want them to stop. And I was interested to see what they were going to do with it.

So intrigued, in fact, that he even auditioned to play the title role. “I think everybody did,” he laughs, clarifying that he didn’t make it anywhere close to actually putting on the adult-sized Spidey onesie.

And when The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which hit theaters Friday, was casting the pivotal role of Harry Osborn, the troubled childhood friend of Peter Parker who—spoiler, for those who live under a rock—becomes The Green Goblin, DeHaan was clamoring to be a part of the franchise again. Only this time, he couldn’t even get an audition. Luckily, Spidey himself, Andrew Garfield, swung in to lend him a helping hand to get in the door, recommending DeHaan to director Marc Webb after the two hit it off at a play reading.

It’s a good thing, too, because DeHaan’s simultaneously sinister and vulnerable performance is the best thing about the The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

It’s actually a bit baffling that DeHaan wasn’t on the original shortlist for the role, considering how quickly the 28-year-old actor has risen the ranks of Hollywood’s most sought-after young actors.

He starred as tortured teen Jesse on HBO’s therapy drama In Treatment before flying onto the industry’s radar, with the help of some CGI, in the surprise 2012 superhero-esque hit Chronicle. Subsequent performances in the indies Lawless,The Place Beyond the Pines, and, most recently, Kill Your Darlings (in which he starred opposite Daniel Radcliffe’s Allen Ginsberg as Lucien Carr) earned him billing as a young Leonardo DiCaprio—comparisons that those icy blue eyes, piercing through the kind of baby face that allows a 28-year-old actor to believably play a teenager, certainly support.

It was kind of clear to me that the perfect fit would be to make him a trust fund baby, a hipster kid.

He’s honed a complexity that makes it abundantly clear that, though he had an easier time landing the audition for Peter Parker, he was always destined to be a more interesting Harry Osborn. After all, though we all sort of idealize and want to be the superhero in spandex when we’re younger, as we get older, haven’t we learned that it’s the superhero villains that are the most fun?

“We get to misbehave and get to go crazy,” DeHaan says, a devious smile curling across his face not too dissimilar from the one The Green Goblin sports in the film’s epic climax. “We’ve been seeing a lot of people leave this movie becoming Harry and Goblin fans, not just Spider-Man fans. What these movies are doing so well is that they’re honoring the villains as humans, not just bad guys. There’s an amount of sympathy.”

So why is there sympathy for Harry Osborn? Not only does he end up being Spider-Man’s foe, he’s a spoiled rich brat, the heir to a major research corporation—the kind of teen movie twit we’re conditioned to hate. But there’s something at the root of every evil, and with Harry, that’s a gene passed down from his father that could possibly kill him, and which is responsible for the experimentation that leads to his transformation from innocent teenager to the dastardly Green Goblin.

“He tries to buy his happiness,” DeHaan says. “He relies on material things to make him happy. He probably pays a whole lot of money for a haircut that’s probably ridiculous. He buys expensive cars and expensive clothes and he’s vain, but he has inner turmoil that he’s scared to face. So he kind of just glazes over that and relies on the money and power he was born into. Inevitably, he runs into problems in the film that money can’t get him out of for the first time, and that’s when he throws an epic temper tantrum.”

It truly is an epic temper tantrum, too—the production budget for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 isn’t estimated to be north of $255 million for no reason. It’s also, however, a tantrum that many Spidey fans and filmgoers are wary that they’ve seen before. After all, it wasn’t too long ago that we saw James Franco brood as Harry Osborn in Spider-Man 2 and 3.

DeHaan, naturally, thinks that skepticism is unfounded.

“Look, Harry Osborn has been around for 50 years, and he’s always existed within the Spider-Manuniverse,” he says. “But the thing that is different and will inevitably make it different is that there hasn’t been a Harry Osborn for 10 years. There’s never been one that exists in today’s society.”

And what is today’s Harry Osborn like? “It was kind of clear to me,” DeHaan says, “that the perfect fit would be to make him a trust fund baby, a hipster kid.” There’s something glorious about that, isn’t there? That in today’s day and age, the villain of the summer’s biggest blockbuster is…a hipster.

But, again, this is a $255 million movie. So what most Spider-Man fans are dying to know is what The Green Goblin looks like, and how they arrived at that look. Because it’s not the traditional look. Gone are the purple booty shorts, tank top, and hood that comic book fans are familiar with. DeHaan’s look is far grittier and, as much as this could be true of a superhero villain that flies through Manhattan on an airborne skateboard, akin to something you’d see in real life.

“The first test we did was more cartoony,” DeHaan says, “but we wanted to bring it more into the organic, realistic world that Marc Webb created.” That means spiked hair mimics the shape of the purple hood. Jaundiced, splotchy skin subs for a full coat of green face paint. And the costume is far more utilitarian, and not to mention modest, than the comic version’s booty shorts.

And the transformation from Harry Osborn into the Green Goblin is undeniably one of the film’s more spectacular, if disturbing, sequences. Apparently, though, it could have been even darker. DeHaan says the version we see in the film is toned down from more graphic version they shot. “There was a shot of my teeth growing and then I shatter them,” he says, giddy with excitement. “And then there was my nails growing. Maybe we’ll see it in the director’s cut.”

DeHaan’s next big film look, however, will be significantly less grotesque. He’ll be playing James Dean in the upcoming biopic Life by Anton Corbijn, a pop culture icon of a far different—and more attractive variety—than the Green Goblin. “It’s flattering,” DeHaan says of being cast as the sex symbol. But that’s also precisely why he was keen to take the role.

“Everyone thinks he has this swagger, that he was this sexy guy,” he says. “And he was totally sexy, and he could put on the swagger. But he was a really normal person. That swagger was what you put in the movies. But that’s movie star James Dean. Not human being James Dean. And I think one of the really interesting things the movie does is show you how a normal human being can be turned into an icon.”

Given how convincingly he’s currently showing how a villainous icon is also a human being as The Green Goblin, there’s no doubt that he’ll pull off the transformation into James Dean, too.

Dane DeHaan makes gruesome Goblin

Dane DeHaan as Green Goblin in The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Dane DeHaan “scared” Emma Stone while in costume as the Green Goblin.

The 28-year-old actor plays the menacing villain in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opposite Emma, who plays the superhero’s love interest Gwen Stacy. Dane underwent a dramatic transformation for the role, including fake teeth and rotten make-up, which frightened Emma when filming scenes with him.

“With Dane it was terrifying,” she told New York Daily News about her character’s interaction with the Green Goblin. “Dane has a gaze that is very penetrating and when he’s in full wardrobe as the Goblin it was really scary to see him.”

Dane’s character starts off as Harry Osborn, close friend of Spider-Man’s true identity Peter Parker. To give depth to his troubled alter ego, Dane revealed he based his character on hipsters and “trust fund babies” he meets in his own neighbourhood of Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

“I live there [so] I understand this culture,” he explained. “Harry is not based on any real person, but I know people he could be friends with… in Williamsburg.”

Director Marc Webb has admitted Dane wasn’t his initial choice for the role. It was only when the handsome star auditioned with a unique Brooklyn style that the filmmaker was convinced.

“I wouldn’t say I wasn’t at the top of their list,” Dane laughed. “I would say I wasn’t even on their list. I had nothing to lose. Everyone around me was a very different type than me.”

Dane has previously starred in features including Kill Your Darlings and Lincoln, but this adventure franchise is the most successful of his career so far.

“Yeah this is my biggest movie, but only by about $150 million,” he mused.


Source: Belfast Telegraph

Dane DeHaan Talks Playing A ‘Hipster’ Harry Osborn In ‘Amazing Spider-Man 2′

Dane DeHaan as Harry Osborn

“The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ hits theaters this Friday, May 2. 

In the film, Dane DeHaan plays Harry Osborn aka the Green Goblin. During a roundtable interview, when asked what his initial conversations were with Director Marc Webb in developing the character Dane had a lot to say:

My whole thing about Harry the whole time was what I wanted to do with him and how I wanted to bring him into modern day and how I wanted to make him this kind of trust fund baby hipster kid. Cause to me that’s just where he exists … For me it’s an obvious fit and that was kind of what I was always bringing to the table. I think it’s ultimately what helped me get the role. Even in my test for it they were slicking everyone’s hair back and everyone was wearing these suits. I remember I sat down at the hair place and I was like ‘I don’t want you to slick my hair back’ and they were like ‘What? What’s going on?.’ I went into the costume place and I was like look ‘I don’t want to wear all this stuff that everyone else is wearing.’ When I walked into the test, I got there early so I could work with the costume people to put  together something edgier, something cooler, something more modern day. And so that’s kind of what I was always presenting as what I was going to bring to the table. And Marc [and Jamie] on my first day on set definitely helped to me fine tune and find Harry and who Harry was, but in terms of the general characteristics of it. That’s just what I was always offering up.

Read on to see what else had to say about joining the mega franchise:

How did you prepare for your role?

Dane: For me it was all about the comics. These characters have been around for 50 years and they’re so many incarnations of them, whether it’s in comic books, or movies, cartoons, or whatever, and they’ve become mythological in their own sense. They are archetypes and they do exist within this universe of books that people have been buying for a very long time, telling age old stories that have lessons to be learned from them. So I just stuck with the comics and that universe I didn’t really get into any mythological metaphor of it.

Can you speak about collaborating with Andrew Garfield?

Dane: Andrew is amazing. He’s such a talented actor. He has such a deep understanding of who Spider-Man is and who Peter Parker is. I think he honors who he has been in the comic books and stuff like that … he shows up ready to go and he’s so talented and he makes the job easier knowing that you’re going to be on set with someone you can trust.


Is it hard to act when you’re in Green Goblin mode?

Dane: Well it’s fun you know and I think all that stuff really helps. It’s like wearing a mask. You look at yourself in the mirror and it’s like ‘I’m the Green Goblin.’ There’s no denying that. In that way, it’s a mask that you can hide behind and feel more free to just let it rip.

There have been so many super hero movies, why do you think people keep coming back to see these movies?

Dane: Well, again these stories have been around for so long and they used to just be in comic books and tons of people would buy them every week and read them. And now there’s four or five times a year when you’re able to  experience these stories in a way that you never would have imagined you could have experienced them 50 years ago. Technology has come to a place that we can tell these stories and be these characters and you can almost feel like you’re there with them and that’s just so exciting and every day a new generation of people that will love these characters is born. They’re just universal. Like my manager took her two year old son to Disneyland the other day with somebody. She went on a ride and left her son with the person she was with and when she came back the kid was wearing Mickey Mouse ears with a Spider-Man head on it. And he picked it out himself … For whatever reason everyone gravitates towards Spider-Man. It’s just something that will always be there and people will always want to see.

Can you tell us about your James Dean biopic “Life”?

Dane: Yeah, I finished it a month ago. It was the biggest challenge of my life. James Dean I was introduced to his movies  probably in acting school. He’s been one of my favorite actors. I’ve had a picture of him on my wall since college and it was just such a challenge to take this person that everybody has something that they think they know about James Dean. When you say to a person I’m playing James Dean in a movie they’ll tell you a fact about James Dean. And what I’ve found in researching him is at least 75% of the time the things that people tell you are wrong. Like it’s not true, it’s myth. He’s become such an icon and he’s icon to me and I thought things about him that weren’t true. So it became about – for lack of a better phrase – ‘Killing my Darlings,’ taking this guy from a hero and making him human and trying to embody that and it was a really big challenge.


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All Aboard the Dane Train: Dane DeHaan Talks Green Goblin, James Dean, and the Joy of Being Defaced on the Subway

Dane DeHaan radiates cool. He’s perched loosely cross-legged in a comfortable armchair at the center of a trendy downtown New York hotel suite, backlit by floor-to-ceiling windows that frame an expansive, sunny skyline. Even in the act of checking his iPhone (he’s been glued to Twitter all day, but we’ll get to that), his movements are slick, fluid—precise, yet unstudied.

The same could be said of his acting style. His roles tend toward the dark, complicated soul, with a chord of volcanic anger bubbling beneath the surface—but where some young actors might push too far, DeHaan manages a delicate balance of empathy and unbridled chaos. He burst onto the scene via a regular role on HBO’s In Treatment, followed by a pivotal role in Josh Trank’s Chronicle, then steadily built his credits aside Tom Hardy and Shia LaBeouf in Lawless, as Ryan Gosling’s son in The Place Beyond the Pines, and as Lucien Carr to Danielle Radcliffe’s Allen Ginsberg in Kill Your Darlings.

DeHaan’s latest part takes him into big-budget film-franchise territory: as Harry Osborn in director Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which sees him tackling the part of Spidey’s (Andrew Garfield) nemesis, Harry’s evil alter ego, the Green Goblin. It’s a role that raises DeHaan’s talent for embodying firecracker-like tempers to an extreme level, but—while speaking with Vanity Fair during the NYC leg of the Spider-Man 2 press tour—he was nothing but laughs, enthralled and delighted by the flood of PhotoShop mockups pouring in that afternoon via Twitter, thanks to a tweet (and one very catchy hashtag) posted the night before, by his onscreen co-villain Jamie Foxx, who plays Max Dillon, a.k.a. super-villain Electro.

Dane DeHaan: Jamie started #GetOnTheDaneTrain and it’s made my Twitter really fun. Everyone’s making all these “Dane Train” images now [scrolls through a few to show me]. I think the hashtag was trending a little while ago on Twitter! I also think that maybe Dane Cook has used “get on the Dane Train” before, because he got in on it and he was like, “I had a Dane train 15 years ago, but welcome aboard!” My Twitter wasn’t working for half of the day [still looking at phone]. Look at all these submissions! Here’s a Dane Train with great danes! [Reading] “Choo-choo! All aboard the Dane Train!” [Laughs] A bunch of Dane Trains and great danes! They’re so fun!

You’re obviously getting a taste for the level of public adoration that a big film like this affords you.

It is really wild, but it’s fun! I’m having a good time with it, I’m embracing it. I’m excited!

You’ve worked with Daniel Radcliffe, Andrew Garfield, and next with Rob Pattinson—so you basically got the British royal-film-actor guide to handling the fame that comes with huge franchise films.

Yeah, look it’s not like we sat around talking about it, and they didn’t actually give me advice, but I think inevitably it was really helpful to be around people whose lives have been affected by franchises like this. The movie hasn’t come out yet but it’s not like a ton of this has been a huge surprise to me. I am experiencing it for the first time, but it hasn’t been overwhelming because I’ve seen people deal with it before.

You live in Brooklyn, right?

I do!

I’m in Bed-Stuy. It’s the best borough in the world.

Hell yeah! Brooklyn! Dane Train! [Laughs] Dane Train’s going to Brooklyn!

How does Brooklyn hold up to all this amazing world traveling you’ve been doing? Which do you prefer?

Brooklyn! I’m happy to travel with things like this, and it’s really cool to be in all these cities, but I always can’t wait to go home. Brooklyn just feels like home to me.

Speaking of trains, have you seen any particularly noteworthy subway graffiti on a Spider-Man 2 poster?

I haven’t really been in the subway that much recently! When there were In Treatment posters, I was riding the subway a lot, and I always loved when I saw someone draw a dick in my mouth. [Laughs] That’s on my wife’s [actress Anna Wood] bucket list, actually, is to be defaced on a subway poster. You know, it’s the small things.

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What is this I hear about you getting severely dehydrated in your Green Goblin suit during filming?

It wasn’t so much dehydration, as it was heat exhaustion. Like, my brain was literally melting—that’s how hot my body temperature was. Basically, the first day they just had to pour buckets of ice water down my suit, but it was literally turning to steam—that was how hot my body was. The next day they got me this cooling vest—I wore it underneath the suit, it has these tubes so in between takes I would hook up to a cooler full of ice water and it would pump ice water through me and keep my core cooler. But I lost seven pounds in two days of filming! Which was pretty much all the weight I’d put on for the movie!

That’s insane. I guess the whole “With great power comes great responsibility” line applies, here.

Yeah, I mean—look—it’s nothing to complain about! I still got to be the Green Goblin, which is the coolest thing ever, and I knew when it was happening that these are the stories you tell. It’s exciting, and if it was easy, it wouldn’t be fun.

I’m loving Green Goblin’s coif in this film. What pomade does he use? Is it Dapper Dan?

[Laughs] Yeah! The hair pays homage to the purple hood that he used to wear, it crowns in the front and it swoops in the back, and that’s why it has that shape, because that was the general shape of the purple hood. But we knew wearing purple booty shorts and a purple tank top and a purple hood wouldn’t really hold up in a modern-day interpretation.

What about the Jeopardy! theme Harry hums? Was that your idea?

That was in the script. But then on the day they were like, “I don’t think we can do the Jeopardy! song!,” because, you know, you have to pay for it! And I was like, “No, we have to do the Jeopardy! song—it’s way too cool!” I fought for it.

Where do you stand on watching yourself in a film, once it’s finished?

I think it’s important. I don’t do it a lot, I probably see my films like two or three times, but I think it’s important to watch and to be able to be critical just as an artist. And to be able to think, What can I do better next time? I never watch while I’m filming—I don’t watch playback or anything—but I enjoy watching the film after we’ve made it. I could be reminiscing or I could just be watching it from a critical standpoint.

It must’ve been a new experience to watch yourself in Spider-Man, since there were moments when it must’ve looked wildly different than when you were on set.

Yeah, and it’s a Spider-Man movie, so the six-year-old in me is like, “Yeahhhh!” So yeah, this is different and there are more surprises, because I didn’t even know what some of that stuff was going to look like.

You’re playing James Dean next—that’s a fairly iconic role, in its own right.

It’s an interesting thing, because when I told people I was playing James Dean in a movie, they would just tell me something about James Dean. And most of the time they would be wrong. Because he’s such a myth! So it became about reading as many books as I could find and comparing and contrasting what’s in those. He’s always been one of my favorite actors—I’ve had a poster of him on my wall since I was in college. For me too, there were things I thought about him that I found out weren’t true. Like he was mythical to me as well, but I had to make him human.

As a fan of his, did you feel pressure taking the role?

I had a lot of trepidations about doing the film. I said no to it a lot, before I decided to take it on. And ultimately what made me want to do it is that I wanted to show people who he really was. One of the things that’s really interesting about the film is that you see how a normal person can be turned into an icon. And also, I want to introduce younger generations to James Dean. Because unfortunately a lot of kids don’t know who James Dean is, and that’s a scary thought to me. I want teenagers to watch this movie and then go and watch James Dean movies!

The film follows his work with photographer Dennis Stock [played by Robert Pattinson], right?

Yeah, it’s like two weeks of his life right before East of Eden comes out, and Dennis Stock gets permission to do the first ever photo essay of him, for Lifemagazine, and they go back to New York and they go to his hometown in Indiana right before the East of Eden premiere.

I saw that you retweeted one of Dennis Stock’s photos of Dean, where he’s taking a ballet class. Tell me that’s a hint toward a scene in the film!

No, we didn’t do that part of it! But he used to take dance class with Eartha Kitt! I’ve had some dance class in my day. I’ve done tap, I’ve done ballet, I’ve done modern dance—I’m a classically trained actor, so dance is part of that training, just to get us into our bodies and make us feel free to move. Not that I’m the best dancer in the world, but I have taken a bunch of classes!


Source: Vanity Fair

‘Spider-Man 2’ continues DeHaan’s amazing string of successes

Dane DeHaan during The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Press Conference
Though he had just been accepted at one of the best acting schools in the country, Dane DeHaan insists he had modest aspirations upon enrolling in 2004 at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem.

My goal was to hopefully have a career in regional theater at some point — to not have to wait tables,

recalls DeHaan, a native of the Allentown, Pa. area.

Ten years later, unless his fortunes change dramatically, the only way you’re going to see him as a waiter is if he plays one in a Hollywood film.

In fact, American audiences are about to see DeHaan, 28, in his biggest movie yet: “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” which opens Friday, cost more than $200 million to produce, and is already a monster hit in Europe and Asia (where it’s been out for two weeks).

The UNCSA alum stars as Peter Parker’s childhood friend Harry Osborn, opposite Andrew Garfield (Parker/Spider-Man), Emma Stone and Jamie Foxx.

Osborn, of course — and this is a spoiler only for those who don’t know the comic book, or who haven’t seen last decade’s “Spider-Man” trilogy starring Tobey Maguire — eventually becomes the Green Goblin, Spidey’s most well-known nemesis.

For DeHaan, it’s his second major turn as a complicated man-child turned superpowered villain since 2012, when he earned notice for portraying a bullied high school student who goes mad in the sci-fi thriller “Chronicle.”

One of the things that’s fun about acting is you get permission to misbehave, to sometimes literally be the bad guy. And I grew up playing superheroes and playing pretend. That’s how I got started acting. So when all of a sudden I’m all dressed up as the Green Goblin and my job for the day is to try to kill Spider-Man, I mean, that’s like a dream come true.

The young actor had to lobby hard for the critical role in director Marc Webb’s film, and the odds of landing it were slim. But DeHaan has a solid track record when it comes to long shots.

After three years at Emmaus High School in Pennsylvania, he was one of just three students accepted to UNCSA‘s drama program for high school seniors in 2003.

Then, to get into the college’s acting school — which has produced Mary-Louise Parker, former “Saturday Night Live” cast member Chris Parnell, and Anthony Mackie (last seen in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier) — DeHaan had to audition along with more than 1,000 other hopefuls; he was one of only 25 selected for the Class of 2008.

While in Winston-Salem, he met and studied with his future wife, Anna Wood of Mount Airy, who also has found success and will star in the forthcoming CBS crime drama “Reckless.” (The couple lives in Brooklyn, but usually spends Christmas in Mount Airy.)

DeHaan calls his alma mater “a magical place,” and says “I would stay there forever if I could.”

His schedule is a bit too busy for that right now, though. Earlier this month, he wrapped “Life,” a drama in which he portrays James Dean that was shot in Toronto. Then he met up with the “Spider-Man” cast in London to do press and talk up the Green Goblin. Next, he’ll shoot a period drama co-starring Academy Award winner Christoph Waltz (“Django Unchained”).

And when he has time, he’ll pinch himself.

If someone asked me five years ago, ‘Where will you be five years from now?’ I would have sold myself way short. So I try to just live day by day, and luckily, as the days go by the opportunities are getting bigger and greater, and the people I’m getting to work with continue to blow my mind. I just don’t want that to stop. I’m having the time of my life.


Source: Thestate.com

Dane DeHaan: “…my life is about to change in a big way”

For many actors, sitting in a makeup chair for hours can be tedious. Not Dane DeHaan of “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” He’s like one of those rare cats that likes a bath.

“I get really into it – I love it,” he said of wearing prosthetics, in this case to play the Green Goblin in “Spider-Man 2,” which opens Friday. “It’s interesting because so many actors are always trying to look so different, and do such different things, but they don’t really tap into the (makeup and costume) part of it that can truly make you look like a different person.”

DeHaan, 28, was willing to go green and don a 50-pound suit to play the villainous alter ego of Harry Osborn, Peter Parker’s (Andrew Garfield) childhood friend.

After completing the daily, four-hour transformative process,

you get to stare in the mirror and you are like … ‘I am the Green Goblin, and I get to spend all day trying to kill Spider-Man. I would wait four hours for that any day.

“Spider-Man 2” marks DeHaan’s first foray into comic-book films, but not prosthetics. His breakout films, the 2012 high school sci-fi fantasy “Chronicle” and 2013 multigenerational family drama “The Place Beyond the Pines,” both messed with DeHaan’s angelic face. In “Chronicle,” explosions altered his looks. In “Pines,” in which he played a criminal’s confused, searching son, it was fists.

DeHaan said he does not look for extreme roles, just interesting ones. The makeup jobs manifest from there.

When I read a script and say, ‘There’s no way I can do that,’ it’s probably the (role) I will want to do. That probably correlates to the fact I play a lot of characters who go through a lot – even as far as turning into monsters.

Expectations for “Amazing Spider-Man 2,” sequel to the 2012 movie that rebooted the “Spider-Man” franchise and earned more than $750 million worldwide, are considerably higher than for previous DeHaan films. As in, as high as the Manhattan skyscrapers from which Spidey swings.

DeHaan’s profile – up to now that of a mostly independent-film actor who plays tortured exceptionally well – also is likely to soar.

Speaking by phone from the Brooklyn apartment he shares with his actress wife, Anna Wood, DeHaan acknowledges that “my life is about to change in a big way” with “Spider-Man 2’s” release.

Yet he also still sees the pure fun of appearing in a comic-book film, viewing it as a (very expensive) extension of playtime activities from his Allentown, Pa., boyhood.

I always wanted to be an actor, and I started wanting to be an actor by playing pretend in my house and dressing up like superheroes. Now I get to do it on a bigger scale, and take it a lot more seriously, in a way that fulfills the ‘serious actor’ part of me.

DeHaan also liked the nuances within Harry, who turns villain as part of a bid to stop a disease inherited from his dying father, Norman (Chris Cooper). Norman Osborn owns Oscorp, the corporation that once employed Peter’s father and manufactures trouble for the Parkers more than any other product.

He is forced to make all these decisions about how to save his own life,” DeHaan said of Harry. “He doesn’t just resort to the most extreme option first. It is quite an arc that Harry goes through. … It is not just an evil journey.

DeHaan has seen the aughts “Spider-Man” films in which James Franco played Harry. But not since they came out, “and certainly not for this,” he said, referring to the new “Spider-Man 2.” “I wanted my own take on the role.”

DeHaan also has followed Franco in playing James Dean. Franco starred as Dean in a 2001 TV movie and DeHaan plays him in the forthcoming “Life,” opposite Robert Pattinson, who plays Life magazine photographer Dennis Stock.

Of course the delicately handsome DeHaan is playing Dean. All sensitive young actors since Dean inevitably are compared with him, from Franco to Leonardo DiCaprio and Ryan Gosling.

DeHaan looks most like DiCaprio, but his screen presence hews closer to Gosling’s in that both can seem like threats to others as well as themselves.

In last year’s “Kill Your Darlings,” DeHaan charmed and mesmerized as Beat Generation figure and convicted killer Lucien Carr, a college friend of Allen Ginsberg’s (Daniel Radcliffe).

In the movie, Ginsberg harbors an intense crush on Carr, who DeHaan plays as a dangerous combination of young, reckless and profoundly sad. You worry for little Harry Potter.

“DeHaan’s performance is the reason to see this film,” Betsy Sharkey wrote in her “Darlings” review in the Los Angeles Times. “The actor … brings such a complex mix of bravado and vulnerability to Lucien, you feel an absence any time he leaves the screen.”

Spending time with Garfield, Radcliffe and “Twilight” star Pattinson – contemporaries age-wise but old hands at fame – presented DeHaan with examples of how to handle the media and fan scrutiny he might face after “Spider-Man 2’s” release. Seeing Radcliffe handle himself with what DeHaan called “grace and graciousness” was particularly instructive.

“Dan is amazing at dealing with it,” he said. “People come up to him like, ‘Oh my gosh, it’s so good to see you,’ and he is just like really happy that someone’s there and telling him they really like him.”

Observing famous co-stars provided lessons otherwise hard to come by.

There are questions you have that you can’t Google,” DeHaan said. “You can’t really Google, ‘Hey, I am at dinner, and there’s 20 people waiting outside the restaurant for me. What do I do?’

His marriage to Wood, who appeared in “Chronicle,” has been “a big grounding force in my life” as his film roles have grown more prominent. “The fact that I have somebody in my life (there) before this all got crazy, who knows who I really am … it keeps me sane,” DeHaan said.

But if his career goes the way he wants, he need not worry about anyone recognizing him on the street. First there’s his affection for prosthetics.

He also admires how actors disappear into roles without them. Like Guy Pearce, with whom DeHaan appeared in the 2012 period crime drama “Lawless.”

He showed up on set with his eyebrows shaved, and this part shaved down his hair. That guy is such a chameleon. I feel like every time I see him in a movie, it takes me maybe the entire movie to realize it’s him. That is really exciting to me.


Source: Sacbee

Spider-Man 2’s Dane DeHaan is about to be public frenemie #1

Dane DeHaan as Harry Osborn in The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Dane DeHaan‘s handsomeness can be hard to pin down. There’s his full mouth, which can capture wit or ache. Then there are his eyes, capable of smoke, vulnerability, malice.

All are moods he’s delivered in his still-nascent but utterly disciplined career: from the HBO series “In Treatment” to his Obie Award-winning performance in Annie Baker’s Off-Broadway play “The Aliens“; from his turn as an accidental superhero in 2012’s sleeper hit “Chronicle” to a super-villain in the Spider-Man” franchise.

Fair-haired, blue-eyed, the actor has got a lightness to him that he can deftly turn to darkness.

So take note of that face. You’re likely to see it a fair amount over the years to come.

Beginning May 2, the 28-year-old’s compelling visage and gift for mutability will be on global display in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” DeHaan portrays Harry Osborn, boyhood friend to Peter Parker. He also suits up as the Green Goblin, dedicated foe of Parker’s alter-(superhero) ego.

“Spider-Man 2” is a behemoth new to the actor.

It’s a completely different monster,

he said on the phone before joining co-stars Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone on a publicity juggernaut.

I haven’t actually been on the press tour yet because I was finishing up a film in Toronto. I’ll join everybody in London. … It’s exciting to see the kind of impact this kind of film can have on people around the world.

As of Thursday, the sequel of the rebooted franchise had taken in $43 million in its overseas opening.

Son of a computer programmer and furniture company exec, DeHaan was born and raised in Allentown, Pa. He left Pennsylvania for the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where he got a degree in acting.

Last fall, DeHaan was nominated for a Gotham Awards Breakthrough kudo for his turn opposite Daniel Radcliffe in “Kill Your Darlings,” a moody indie drama about poet Allen Ginsberg’s undergrad years at Columbia University. He portrayed fellow student Lucien Carr.

Based on the man to whom Ginsberg later dedicated “Howl,” Carr could be cruel, kind, charismatic. And the gifted writer from New Jersey falls for him.

It’s tempting to see a kinship in Carr’s and Harry Osborn’s ability to swing from friend to foe and back.

They both have a darkness to them,” their portrayer said. “But Lucien is a charmer. There’s a sexual prowess and energy he has. He knows how to manipulate people with that and control them with that. He’s almost like a black widow spider luring people into his web.

Of his latest role, DeHaan says, Harry is “just born powerful. He has a gigantic trust fund. He inherits a billion-dollar corporation. He tries to buy his happiness. He can impress people alone with his money and power.

For his recent role in the zombie film “Life After Beth” Variety magazine’s Geoffrey Berkshire wrote,The movie truly belongs to DeHaan, Both a deft comedian and a soulful dramatic presence, the young actor is shaping up to be one of the most idiosyncratic leading men of his generation.”

For his part DeHaan nods at the luck of getting so far, so fast. Yet he has some rather journeyman insights for young actors.

Make no mistake, what is happening to me is a dream come true. I probably had a better chance of winning the lottery than I did of having all these opportunities come through. But “I spent a lot of time learning how to do this. I didn’t even step into an audition room until I graduated from college, then spent five years training from 7 in the morning to 11 at night learning how to do this.”

It’s not how every actor breaks through, he admitted. But it may be how this one sticks around.


Source: Denverpost

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