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Dane DeHaan as James Dean in LIFE (2015)

2015: FilmInk Star Quality – Dane DeHaan

Gifted young actor, Dane DeHaan, overcame his fear to essay one of his biggest screen idols, James Dean, in the moving new drama, ‘Life’.

When Dane DeHaan was doing his time at drama school, James Dean was an icon for the young actor. “I know that for my friends who I went to college with, at an acting conservatory, those dudes were everything,” he reveals. “James Dean, Marlon Brando, Paul Newman… their movies were the ones we watched, and referenced and we wanted to act like them. It was a huge inspiration.”

That immense respect for James Dean meant that when DeHaan was asked to step into the shoes of his icon for Anton Corbijn’s Life, his first reaction was to back away. “I was unbelievably nervous,” the actor says. “I was really afraid of it. I said no to the movie about five times until I eventually realised that I was operating out of fear. All these times, I sit in interviews and say, ‘I want to do the most challenging things, I want to do the thing that seems impossible and is going to scare me the most’. Then when the thing that scares me the most is presented, I’m running away. If I really do want to challenge myself the most, then I need to practice what I preach.”

What also aided DeHaan – who broke out with his impressive performance in the sci-fi thrillerChronicle, and has since proven his talent in such acclaimed dramas as The Place Beyond The Pines, Kill Your Darlings and Lawless – was meeting with Life’s producer, Iain Canning. “He said that it’s a film about how a normal person can be turned into an icon more than it’s a biopic on James Dean,” the actor recalls. “He also brought my attention to the fact that a lot of young people don’t know who James Dean is, which to me is a travesty. If they can watch this film and then go off and watch James Dean films, then mission accomplished. East Of Eden and Rebel Without A Cause are movies that are made for people who are probably younger than me. They would still speak to the younger generation.”

Rather than a conventional biopic on James Dean, Life documents the friendship between the film star and his photographer, Dennis Stock, who shot a series of photos of the actor for Lifemagazine in 1955, which have since earned their place in pop culture history. These iconic photos proved crucial to unlocking the legendary actor for DeHaan. “There’s a lot of them, and they’re all something different,” he says about the collection of photos. “Certainly, the Times Square photo is the most iconic. It’s the one where he looks the most like the persona that has preceded him – he looks cool, doesn’t care that it’s raining on him, just smoking a cigarette. But then I remember the first time I saw one where he has his feet up on a desk and glasses on and he’s reading a book. It really changed my perspective of him because he looks nerdy and intellectual. There’s a really beautiful one of him where he’s sitting on the stage of his high school auditorium. It’s a really powerful image that reflects what the movie is about – going back home and wishing that you could maintain a part of that life but it being empty to him.”

In a sly casting twist, Robert Pattinson, who launched to superstardom with the Twilight films, plays the photographer, while it’s DeHaan essaying the famous actor. “It was interesting. It was a lot like the relationship between Dennis and Jimmy in the movie,” the actor says of his relationship with Pattinson. “We’re both artists, we’re both actors, and I have a lot of respect for him. As a person he’s a really nice guy. But we do go about things in different ways. As we were working on the film, we got to watch another artist do something in a different way but still succeed at it.” DeHaan also admires his co-star’s career choices post-Twilight. “It’s a great gift to be a part of a franchise like that. I’m sure it can be tough going through it, but now that he’s done with it, the choices that he’s making are very impressive and I really commend him for it.”

While not quite on the same level of popularity as Twilight, DeHaan experienced his own brush with the studio franchise when he starred in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which has since been shelved in favour of yet another reboot of the series. “They’re not consulting with me on these big decisions,” the actor says of the studio behind the franchise. “It’s a tangled web over there, but hopefully they untangle it and they’re happy with whatever decision they make. But I’m grateful to have had the experience, and I had a blast making that movie. If I don’t make another one, I’ll always be grateful for the experience because it’s also provided me with a lot more opportunity.”

Those opportunities only look set to continue for the promising young actor who reveals that he doesn’t struggle with the pressure of fame in the same way that James Dean did. “It doesn’t beat me up in the way that it beat him up,” DeHaan reflects. “I do think it’s interesting that people really want to categorise actors into one thing or another. My goal is to be seen as an actor who can do a lot of things, and not a person who only does one specific thing. It’s a tough thing to accomplish, but easier than it would have been in his day.”

Life is released in cinemas on September 10.

This interview was first published in the September/October 2015 issue of FilmInk. 


Source: FilmINK

Dane DeHaan as James Dean in LIFE (2015) new HQ still + article

Total Films 2015: A portrait of James Dean and the man who took portraits of James Dean.

DIRECTOR ANTON CORBIJN STARRING DANE DEHAAN, ROBERT PATTINSON, JOEL EDGERTON, BEN KINGSLEY ETA 25 SEPTEMBER

When the script for Life – the story of photographer Dennis Stock and his relationship with an unknown James Dean – landed on Anton Corbijn’s desk, it resonated at once. “For over 40 years, that’s what I’ve been doing,” says the Dutch director who, long before making Control and The American, plied his trade snapping musicians, most notably Joy Division, U2, Depeche Mode and REM. “That’s why I did this film,” he insists.
“I didn’t do the film because of James Dean.” Maybe not, but the aura around the Rebel Without A Cause star remains strong 60 years after he died, aged just 24, in a car crash. So much so that Dane DeHaan (29 but far younger looking), who worshipped Dean when he was in college, was “unbelievably nervous” about the role.
“I was really afraid of it,” he says.

“I think I said ‘no’ to the movie five times before I eventually realised I was operating out of fear, and I needed to put that aside and take this gift being handed to me.”
When he finally signed on, one of his first acts was to e-mail Sarah Rubano, the make-up artist who helped turn him into the Green Goblin for The Amazing Spider-Man 2. “I said, ‘Do you think you can make me look like James Dean?”’ She did. DeHaan wore a dark hairpiece and contact lenses to darken his piercing blue eyes, while Rubano re-sculpted his eyebrows. He even wore prosthetic ear lobes, “as my ear-lobes are connected and his weren’t and I felt like it would change my profile”.
As authentic as DeHaan’s work is, his is a depiction of Dean before Elia Kazan’s East Of Eden turned him into a star. Assisting that transition was Stock, assigned by Life magazine to shoot him in a now-classic editorial, played by Robert Pattinson. “You look at the photos of James Dean and you can see he was trying to elevate this guy,” he says. “He was obsessed with him. Unintentionally, it’s the most successful PR campaign ever! More people have seen his photos than his movies, I’d say.”
Google the pics and you’ll soon see the classic image of Dean, cigarette in mouth, in a rain-drenched Times Square, shoulders hunched in a black overcoat buttoned up against the squall. But there are plenty of others – practising ballet or playing a recorder – where “he looks nerdy and intellectual. He doesn’t look cool at all,” laughs DeHaan. “I think the whole collection of photos is pretty impressive… If you really look at all of them, it shows many sides of James Dean – not just what the Times Square photo represents.”

Scripted by Luke Davies, Life is not really a story about star-making, even if the film is peppered with Hollywood icons, from Judy Garland to Rebel Without A Cause director Nicholas Ray. “It becomes a film about two guys who become friends and the effect it has on each other’s lives,” says Corbijn. In the case of Stock, he’s shown as an absentee father who comes across as mildly dysfunctional, says Pattinson. “He was someone

It shows many sides of James Dean

who felt he couldn’t feel and couldn’t love properly and he felt he had almost a disability.” Corbijn loaned Pattinson a Leica before the shoot, which he used while in Morocco filming Werner Herzog’s Queen Of Desert, saying “I wanted Rob to become familiar with it as part of his body language.”
“It was a perverse pleasure, from my end, to drop [him] behind the camera instead of in front of it,” says Corbijn. For Pattinson, seeing life from the other side of the lens did indeed make a refreshing change. “It’s this weird power-trip, in a way,” he nods. “You can have this power over everyone else and you can hide. It’s such a strange art form.” Corbijn sees “parallels” between Pattinson and Stock, who somewhat lucked out by landing the Dean gig so early in his career. “I think he struggles to get accepted as an actor because of Twilight. He was very successful in that and it came quite easy to him, and people sometimes don’t want him to be that successful.”

While Pattinson’s presence may bring Twi-Hards into cinemas, DeHaan – who gained 25lbs to replicate Dean’s “soft, farmboy body” – hopes Life will inspire a revival amongst younger viewers, in particular for favourites East Of Eden and Rebel Without A Cause. “If they watch this film and go back and watch James Dean’s movies,” he says, “then I feel like it’s mission accomplished.” That’s the meaning of Life.





Thanks to ROBERT PATTINSON LIFE for scans!

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 Dane-DeHaan.org!

ANOTHER MAN 2015

 

INTERSTELLAR SOUL: DANE DEHAAN

Photography by Willy Vanderperre
Styling Alister Mackie

FROM A GROTESQUE GREEN GOBLIN AND MURDERING POET TO A CRIPPLED BOOTLEGGER AND GRIEVING RAVER, IN THREE SHORT YEARS Dane DeHaan HAS ESTABLISHED HIMSELF AS HOLLYWOOD’S GO-TO MAN FOR COMPLEX, FLAWED OUTSIDERS. THIS YEAR, THE 29-YEAR-OLD TAKES ON THE ULTIMATE BIG SCREEN MISFIT: James Dean. NOVELIST, SCREENWRITER AND A MAN WITH AN EYE FOR HOLLYWOOD MYTHOLOGY Bruce Wagner SIZES UP THE YOUNG STAR…

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.

 

“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 JAMES DEAN ON MY WALL SINCE I WAS IN COLLEGE AND STILL DO NOW. I SAID NO FIVE TIMES BUT THEY KEPT CALLING. I SAT DOWN WITH THE PRODUCER AND HE EXPLAINED THAT THE MOVIE WASN’T A BIOPIC. IT TRIES TO SHOW HOW A NORMAL PERSON CAN BE TURNED INTO AN ICON – WHAT THAT MEANS. THE DOURNEY OF THAT”

 

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

EXCLUSIVE: Full Dane DeHaan 2013 "Hero" magazine interview. READ NOW

2013 – Hero magazine

The cynical among us might suggest that all you need to become successful actor these days is six-pack and a fierce publicist. It’s surprisingly easy to forget what real acting looks like; the finely-tuned Hollywood conveyor produces new stars daily.

Dane DeHaan, however, is truly one of the new greats. His performances burn themselves into your memory, full of depth and scope, and delivered with apparently no effort at all. In twenty years, look back at the most important films – there is no question about which leading man will have defined them.

 


JAMES WEST Hey Dane, how you doing?
DANE DEHAAN Good thanks, how are you?

JW I’m actually freezing, I thought I’d come out and sit out on the balcony and it would be nice and relaxing, but it’s cold.
DD Where are you, in London?

JW Yeah. It’s fine, I’ve got my jumper on and I’ve got a cup of tea so I’ll cope. Where are you?
DD I’m in Charleston, South Carolina.

JW Oh wow, what are you doing there, are you working on something?
DD No, my wife is shooting a TV show here, this is where I’m spending my downtime but I leave tonight to start a bunch of Kill Your Darlings premieres.

JW Is it a constant stream of press and interviews for you or do you manage to keep it contained?
DD Well, it comes in spurts but when it happens it’s pretty constant you know? Like Toronto leading into the Metallica premiere was pretty crazy and then I had like a week off. Now I’m going to do all the Kill Your Darlings stuff and that’ll be intense.

JW It’s already getting a massive reception it seems, is that your perception?
DD Yeah, it’s been really exciting. Certainly for a movie of this size, the perception it’s getting is huge in comparison, which is always what you hope for.

JW I just saw they pushed the UK release date back a bit, I think it’s coming out in December here now.
DD Oh yeah, I just saw that too on Twitter.

JW So, how was it working with Daniel Radcliffe, had you met before the film?
DD I met him at my audition. It’s really wonderful, Dan is probably the best friend. I’ve made making movies. Sometimes the movie-making process can be such a fleeting thing that you make these friends for like nine weeks or whatever and then – it’s almost like summer camp – you’re like, “Oh we’re going to keep in touch,” but it kind of never pans out that way. Dan and I really hit it off while making the film and have maintained a friendship since. It wasn’t just that we were both making a movie together and then, you know, you just become friends because of the circumstances you’re thrown into, we’re actually very like-minded people with like-minded interests and goals.

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Dane DeHaan: L’Uomo Vogue Italy 2015: full article (translated)

Thanks to my amazing friend Stefano we have a good translation of Dane’s L’Uomo Vogue January 2015 article. Make sure to read it below! For more articles and interviews please visit our press archive section. Please credit Dane-DeHaan.org when reposting the translation.


The good thing about a magnetic and incomprehensible face like his, with those two slightly puffed eyes like ice (although he is very young, in fact he will be 29 this February), that speak more than a thousand words, a little like Brad Pitt (if not Paul Newman), about a contemporary, elegant and effortlessly cool style and a camaleontic talent on the set, might be the fact that he is the most in-demand debuting actor in Hollywood.
The bad thing – if you want to call it like that – might be instead the fact that he receives offers to interpretate mostly characters with ambiguous and strange charm, if not antagonists.
A child prodigy, after graduation at the North Carolina School of Arts, he moved to New York where he debuted at Broadway theatres successfully – although he claims he is not very good for theatrical pieces – winning an Obie Award for acting in ‘The Aliens’ by Annie Baker as Evan Shelmerdine. He was also a gay teenager in ‘In Treatment, which marked his debut on TV; a shy boy bullied in high school and victim of domestic violence who finds out he has super powers and takes revenge in ‘Chronicle’; a moonshiner next to Shia LaBeouf in ‘Lawless’ directed by John Hillcoat and scripted by Nick Cave. And more: intense and touching as Jason, the son of Ryan Gosling in ‘The place beyond the pines’ by Derek Cianfrance; introverted and doomed, stuck between empathy and suffocated anger, in ‘Kill Your Darlings’ next to Daniel Radcliffe; Bad in the shoes of Green Goblin in The Amazing Spider Man 2, but also brilliant like in the black comedy ‘Life After Beth’.
I choose the roles that they offer to me based on the possibility that I have to grow up by interpretating them, I consider them a chance to improve my skills as an actor. The more it seems impossible, the more I want to do it. I like challanges, the same character bores me”, says the Pennsylvania native.
His voice on the phone is relaxed, and kind. He lives in Brooklyn with his beautiful wife, the actress Anna Wood, and his dog. But according to many, his most important challange, which everybody has been talking about for months and which is supposed to be his consacration, is coming out in theatres with ‘Life’ by Anton Corbijn, in which he plays James Dean. The movie focuses on the relationship between the ‘East of Eden’ actor and the photographer who works for ‘Life Dennis Stock’ magazine (a character played by Robert Pattinson). “The story focuses on two specific weeks of James Dean’s life, right before his movie came out. Dennis Stock was told to provide a documentary about his life. So they travelled together from Los Angeles to New York, to visit the Indiana actor. Some of his most popular images were created during those two weeks”, he says. Dane was a little afraid to be compared to such a popular actor at first. “I did not know if the right decision was to accept or not, I thought it was beyond my possibilities. The challenge seemed too big, but maybe that’s why I accepted, to see exactly how far I can go. Before filming the movie, I had four weeks to learn about the character, to read, to watch documentaries and interviews. James Dean is my all time favourite actor, so I wanted to honor him the right way. In order to look like him physically, I had to work out and gain 22 pounds. The hardest thing was to learn to talk like him, he had a very particular accent, as well as his tone. I hope I can show the new generations who James Dean was with this movie.”
Contrary to what happaned to James, who died at the age of 24 in a car accident, instead of car races and a carpe diem concept of life, Dane is part of this generation (and also son of two computer scientists), he likes to use Twitter and play golf. “I find it relaxing, it’s like meditating. It helps me to free my mind, to concentrate and stay with my feet on the ground. I have my own golf kit when I travel and I bring it with me even when I’m working.”
When he doesn’t play golf, he likes to listen to music, which is the passion behind his decison to play in ‘Through The Never’ by Metallica and more recently in the ‘I bet my life’ music video by Imagine Dragons. But he also specifies that he doesn’t have any intention to become a rock star like Jared Leto, Keanu Reeves, Russel Crowe or Kevin Costner. “I play guitar, but nothing more than that. I like the old rock, the Bob Dylan kind, it makes me feel good.
In an era where being a celebrity is everything, Dane lives his life as anti-star: “The good side of it is that it allows me to do what I love.” Among Dane’s next movie projects there is Tulip Fever, which takes place in Amsterdam. The movie is set to be released this Spring.

Dane DeHaan as James Dean in LIFE - exclusive interview!

EXCLUSIVE from Life Film Blog: KRISTIAN BRUUN shares experience working on ‘Life’ with DeHaan, Pattinson, Corbijn & Kingsley

Thanks to our friends at Life-FilmBlog.com we have exclusive interview of Kristian Bruun on Life movie, in which he shared his personal experience on working with Dane. In Life, Kristian Bruun plays a Warner Brothers executive charged with overseeing James Dean’s career path. Below you can read the part of the interview related to Dane:

On the people Rob and Dane:

The two lead actors are Robert Pattinson and Dane DeHaan, both with avid fan bases, so I asked immediately– what are these two men like? Kristian told me “Rob and Dane, as are their characters, are different people.” Robert plays photographer Dennis Stock and Dane plays James Dean. He said Dane was ”polite, funny.” Rob “is the sweetest guy, a gentleman.”

Kristian said both Rob and Dane have this natural charisma, there’s a reason why they are both stars.” They have this thing that makes “them both utterly compelling to watch.”
There’s more on the two men and actors, below.

On Dane DeHaan:

Kristian spoke very highly of Dane’s work bringing James Dean to screen. He said his portrayal of the actor was such that at times Kristian felt he was actually in the presence of James Dean. He said Dane studied Dean very carefully, practiced a lot, had the look down, and he had a similar sense of humor as the iconic actor.

Kristian: “Dane did so much study of James Dean and practicing off camera.” He said on set he’d be “partially in character, off by himself” acting somewhat “aloof.” At times Kristian would think, “OMG, he’s James Dean, I feel I am in the presence of James Dean.”
Dane had James Dean’s voice down, Kristian adding, “his mannerisms– he was uncanny”. On his look, Dane really brought a lot to it, he had a particular bracelet, the glasses, all these physical things that were part of this transformation into James Dean. I think he said something about Dane would touch the glasses or the bracelet (sorry it was a loud bar!) just the way he watched clips of Dean do it.

“Dane also had this dry sense of humor, like Dean was known to have,” Kristian said. He’d be there in costume, and I’d feel like it was James Dean trying to be funny with me.”

Make sure to read entire interview on Life-FilmBlog.com.

Dane DeHaan features in So It Goes magazine (2014) - photoshoot by Guy Aroch

Dane DeHaan is featured in the upcoming issue of “So It Goes” magazine

We have great news. Dane is featured in the upcoming Issue 4 of So It Goes magazine. The magazine features an article on Dane, as well as amazing new photoshoot photos taken by Guy Aroch. You can already pre-order the issue on the magazine’s website. I can honestly say that I can’t wait to read an article, as well as see the photos. So far I added previews of the magazine’s photos. I will be adding an article and photos on the website when it becomes possible. So far, please support Dane and purchase an issue!




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