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.


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.


Dane DeHaan Finally Divulges His ‘Amazing Spider-Man 2’ Secret

Fans have been looking forward to “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” for years, and MTV News has been asking Dane DeHaan if he’s playing the Green Goblin for almost that long.

It wasn’t until the red carpet premiere in New York — and after all the posters and trailers revealed Harry Osborn’s fate — that DeHaan finally, finally admitted that, yes, he is the Green Goblin.

Now that he could openly talk about becoming the Green Goblin for “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” DeHaan opened about the how he worked with the production team to develop a look that was both new and respectful of the classic design.

We went through a couple incarnations of it and ultimately tried to make it more and more organic and more real and made sure it tied in with Harry’s storyline,” he said. “There is still a lot of Harry in the Goblin, and we wanted to honor what the Goblin’s always looked like. But we knew I couldn’t be walking around in a purple skirt and tank top and a skull cap.

Making a new Goblin for DeHaan meant striking a balance through references to the elements of the original costume in creative ways.

We went to great lengths to make sure we honored it, and those shapes are still there. The hair is still in the same shape that the cap is in. The smile. The ear tech represents the ears,” he said. “It was a process, but I’m really happy with what we came up with.

“The Amazing Spider-Man 2” opens in theaters on May 2.

Source: MTV

‘Amazing Spider-Man 2’ star Dane DeHaan says playing the bad guy is a pretty good gig

Dane DeHaan is enjoying the sort of early career that most young actors would trade their porcelain veneers for. After storming onto the scene with the lauded sci-fi drama “Chronicle” in 2012, he has turned in critically acclaimed performances in such prestige picture as “The Place Beyond the Pines” and “Kill Your Darlings,” both released last year.

He has the rare industry luxury of being able to be somewhat choosy about what role he takes next.

As it turns out, for his next role the 28-year-old rising star — who has been likened to a young Leonardo DiCaprio, both because of his looks and his talent — chose director Marc Webb’s superhero sequel “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” which trumpets the unofficial arrival of the 2014 summer movie season on May 2.

Yes, it’s a comic-book movie, and yes it’s sequel. But with both Hollywood and audiences taking comic-book movies as seriously as they’ve ever been taken before, don’t mistake this one as a frivolous entry on DeHaan’s resume. Likewise, don’t for a second think he approached it with anything less than the seriousness and intensity with which he always approaches his roles.

Not at all, DeHaan said, calling recently to discuss the film. Because, well, first of all, I had seen the first one and I really loved the first one. I think they did a really amazing job, and you know Marc is such a great director and Andrew (Garfield) is such a great actor, as is Emma (Stone). And I knew going into it I was already working with good people. Then the script was great — so that’s what I’m always looking to do: challenging roles and great scripts. So I don’t really think there’s anything really frivolous about it. Certainly there’s a bigger budget, but it was just as intense and challenging of an experience as anything else.

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Dane DeHaan found his role in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 “exciting”.

Dane DeHaan during The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Press Conference

The 28-year-old actor plays the iconic comic book character, who eventually becomes the villainous Green Goblin, in action movie The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Dane was thrilled to land the role and embraced the complexities which came with his alter ego.
It was just so exciting because it’s such a full, dynamic, crazy arc of a character. I don’t know if I’ll ever get to play a character that has this big of an arc again. It is so big – he’s so completely different at the end of the movie

It was something I knew that I could really sink my teeth into, and it wouldn’t be another stereotypical part that you see in a big franchise movie – it’s actually something with a lot of dimension and depth and something that I can really create a character from. There’s something very powerful about this Green Goblin as well. He’s a complicated guy, that’s for sure.

Dane stars alongside Brit Andrew Garfield, who plays the title hero. The American actor was over the moon to work with someone he has so much respect for after watching his projects.

Andrew Garfield is someone I’ve wanted to work with ever since I first saw him on screen. I immediately thought, ‘This kid can act… he can really act!’ He’s one of the most emotionally available actors in our age group, and he takes himself about as seriously as I take myself – which is probably too seriously,” Dane laughed. “We had a really good time on set battling it out when we had to battle it out, but then we also had a fun loving time when we had to. I think there’s a mutual respect between us that has kind of taken us through this entire project in a really beautiful way.

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Dane DeHaan on his father learning about his TASM2 role: “When I first told him, I think the first thing that he said was, ‘I can’t wait to tell the people in my comic book club”

The Amazing Spider-Man 2” is weaving its way into theaters in just a few weeks, but before it does, the cast is doing a cross-country Spidey tour to tell you why you should see the movie. Yesterday, the stars of the flick, Andrew, Emma and Dane, were hanging out in Downtown Miami at the Mandarin Oriental. Shireen Sandoval caught up with them to talk all things arachnophobia.

Peter Parker and his dual personality are back on the big screen in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” in 3D, and there’s a lot going on.

This time around, Peter faces off against a whole lot of villains all tied to the power company Oscorp.

Earlier today, the cast of Spidey 2 made their way to Miami to weave a web of what’s new in the franchise, like a new and improved Spidey suit.

Shireen Sandoval: “They made some concessions for you with the Spidey suit, true?”

Andrew Garfield: “‘Concessions’ is a strange word. I would just say they remembered that I was human and that I needed to go to the bathroom, and they created zippers that would enable that. Whereas the first suit, there wasn’t any consideration.”

Shireen: “Were they just like, ‘Hold it for 12 hours?'”

Andrew Garfield: “No, it was crazy. It was crazy. I asked so often, ‘Am I going to be able to use the bathroom?’ and they were like, ‘Yeah, yeah.'”

Dane DeHaan stars as Peter’s friend, Harry Osbourne, and turns into his eventual nemesis, the Green Goblin.

Dane’s dad by the way, is a big-time comic book geek.

Shireen: “What was his reaction when he found out that you had become part of the Spider-Man family?”

Dane DeHaan: “When I first told him, I think the first thing that he said was, ‘I can’t wait to tell the people in my comic book club.'”

Emma Stone returns as Peter’s love interest, Gwen Stacy. Emma and Andrew date in real life, but will their on screen chemistry continue? A famous, old-school comic book kills Gwen off.

Shireen: “The night when Gwen Stacey died is a very popular old comic book. Are we going to see the same outcome in the movie?”

Emma Stone: “I can’t say anything, but you have to see for yourself.”


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