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!
Anton Corbijn’s new drama, starring Dane DeHaan and Robert Pattinson, will be released in U.S. theaters this fall.
Cinedigm has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Anton Corbijn’s “Life.” The drama finds Corbijn reuniting with Oscar-winning producer Iain Canning (“The King’s Speech”) for the first time since working on his acclaimed directorial debut, “Control.”
“Life” follows the story of LIFE magazine photographer Dennis Stock, played by Robert Pattinson, as he meets and photographs James Dean in 1955. Stock’s work was published in the popular magazine only months before Dean’s death. The images are still considered to be some of the most iconic photographs of the late actor. Dane DeHaan, whose found indie success in films such as “Kill Your Darlings” and “The Place Beyond the Pines,” takes on the role of Dean.
The film premiered at the Berlin Film Festival in February. Cinedigm is planning a fall 2015 release.
Source: Indie Wire
Our website’s visitor tumblr user gofuckupyourmind got to see “Life” at the Berlinale International 2015 Film Festival. She was very kind to share her review, as well as some of photos of Dane taken by her during the festival. Please read the review below, and don’t forget to check her tumblr page!
I just go to watch the film without any expectations. I just want it to surprise me.
I heard from the film that Robert Pattionson should play the leading role, but after watching it I have to say that Dane plays a similarly important part!
My first thought after hearing that Dane plays James Dean was “Is he he right person to play Dean??”
And after whatching the movie I can say YES HE IS!
It was great! The character is a misunderstood,mysterious, rebellious person. And this is a perfect character for Dane to play! Cause he seems to love it and if we’re honest we love it too.
During the movie you understand more and more why he think like he does and why he acts like he does. You will understand what made James Dean to this icon he is today.
Summing up: If you liked ‘Kill your Darlings’ (I love it!) you have to watch this movie(It’s kind of similar sort of film)! If it come out in your country go to the cinema and watch it! Dane is so fantastic. And you learn more about James Dean and his short life aswell.
You can also see the screencaptures from the video below. Dane looked sooo cute, seems like he’s been having a lot of fun answering the questions :)
And I’ve also added over 300 HD screencaptures of Dane & Robert Pattinson from “Life” first clip:
The HD version of the “LIFE” clip itself can be viewed below:
Robert Pattinson has joked it was tortuous being on the other side of the lens for his new movie, Life.
The former Twilight star plays photographer Dennis Stock in Anton Corbijn’s film, which chronicles the friendship between him and Hollywood actor James Dean (played by Dane DeHaan) after they worked together on a shoot for Life magazine.
“I do feel like being a paparazzi for a second – I do empathise with their plight,” the 28-year-old actor quipped. “I was filled with self-loathing, wretchedness – I wanted to really kind of harm myself at the end of every day.”
Rob attended the film’s premiere at the Berlin Film Festival with co-star Dane at the Grand Hyatt Hotel. Dane said: “It’s a movie about two artists who get to know each other through working with each other, and I feel that’s what we did on this film.”
Since leaving his Twilight role of vampire Edward Cullen, Rob has starred in dystopian thriller The Rover and David Cronenberg’s dark drama Maps To The Stars. He will be seen in Werner Herzog’s upcoming drama Queen Of The Desert alongside Nicole Kidman and James Franco.
He said of his loyal followers: “You just hope people enjoy every week that you do. I’m doing stuff that’s all very different so it’s quite surprising when I see them enjoying this, The Rover and stuff like that.”
Life will be released in UK cinemas on September 25.
“Life” has just had its worldwide premiere in Berline during the 2015 Berlinale international film festival. Below you can find the collection of some of the biggest magazines and websites reviews. I included the links to original (full) articles, as well as posted the highlights related to Dane and his performance. Warning: some of the reviews may contain spoilers. Also please understand that not every article praises Dane, but I decided to collect all the opinions.
Berlin Review: Anton Corbijn’s ‘Life’ is a Bland James Dean Biopic Starring Dane DeHaan and Robert Pattinson
On Dane: DeHaan, despite his best efforts, doesn’t exactly resemble the actor, and his performance also registers as caricature: He nails the voice and posture but only to the level of a well-honed impersonation. The disconnect is all the more evident in DeHaan’s rapport with Pattinson.
Dane DeHaan is a magnetic James Dean in Anton Corbijn’s elegant study of the complex bond between star and shutterbug.
On Dane: DeHaan and Pattinson enact this anti-romance beautifully, each man quizzically eyeing the other for leads and clues, while coyly retreating from scrutiny. (…) DeHaan, meanwhile, plays Dean as the more openly flirtatious of the two, a flashier generational companion to his louchely inspired Lucien Carr in 2013’s “Kill Your Darlings.”
While he’s far from the first to suggest a distinct fluidity to the star’s sexuality, DeHaan’s is nonetheless a witty, inventive interpretation, exaggerating Dean’s breathy vocal mannerisms and relaxed body language to conjure an aura of studied, open-to-all sensuality. (…) Though he’s considerably aided by immaculate costuming and hairstyling, DeHaan doesn’t look much like his subject; his performance glides on its own brand of quicksilver intensity.
On Dane: DeHaan method acts his way into the persona of a consummate method actor whose cool persona was partly a protective screen; his Dean is very much in the mould of the Dean remembered by his East Of Eden co-star Lois Smith, who once said: “He was a sweet, rustic person, but there was also this suspicious, taut, guarded young man
The Hollywood Reporter
Dane DeHaan plays James Dean while Robert Pattinson is the LIFE magazine photographer who captured the elusive star in a series of iconic 1955 portraits.
On Dane: [The] problem [of the movie being inauthentic] starts with DeHaan’s take on Dean, which seems more studied than inhabited, from the hunched shoulders and drowsy eyes to the sleepy-cool mumble. The performance becomes more effective as he gradually exposes a core of wounded vulnerability. But from Dean’s first appearance, the characterization struggles to avoid the trap of impersonation. DeHaan is solid in [the scene where James opens up during the Indiana trip] and later, when James lets down his defenses and reveals his solitude. And yet the film mostly grasps for unearned emotions.
Berlin Review: Anton Corbijn’s ‘Life’ Starring Robert Pattinson & Dane DeHaan
Grade: C+ / B-
On Dane: Neither Pattinson nor DeHaan, promising as they may be, have that many miles on the clock yet, and there’s a hesitance in the work of both actors. DeHaan actually benefits from the ostensibly thankless task of playing Dean (and from certain angles at certain times he looks uncannily like him), who at least has a fully-fledged persona he can play into or try to subvert (seldom the latter).
LIFE is the historically rigorous true story of a brief friendship between budding star James Dean just as he was about to explode in global consciousness as the tormented son in EAST OF EDEN
On Dane: DeHaan doesn’t exactly resemble Dean so much as inhabit his Fifties hipster lingo, attitude and speech patterns.
On Dane: Now, regrettably, to Corbijn’s one false note, and it’s kind of a big one: the casting of Dane DeHaan, who, let’s face it, is the last person on earth you’d expect to play James Dean. He just doesn’t have the conventional movie star good looks to be believable in that era. (To his credit, he has a unique look, which is perhaps why he’s had many great roles.) DeHaan’s Deanisms – that southern drawl, that forlorn stroll – seem almost comically overboard, verging on a costume party performance. Still, at least he didn’t overdo Dean’s trademark squinty eyes (a key part to any drunken costume party impersonation). (…) Replace DeHaan with a more apt actor (is James Franco too obvious?) and you’ve got a really great movie.
Robert Pattinson impresses in this stylish drama about the relationship between celebrity and the media.
On Dane: (…)Dennis Stock, outshines Dane DeHaan’s over-baked rendering of James Dean, although the latter is poignant enough to enliven this tale of men helping each other to take a leap into greatness. (…) Dane DeHaan ratchets up Dean’s rhythmic speech and sounds permanently like a performance poet reading Allan Ginsberg. His small cherubic face is worlds away from the big handsome mug of history. His awkward mannerisms morph beautifully into charm, still the array of affectations jar.
James Dean, although the lead-star of only three films, concreted himself as one of the cinema’s golden age legends quite quickly in the 1950’s – mainly through his unconventional approach to Hollywood’s rules – this is, all before his premature death quite soon later.
Grade: 3/5 stars
On Dane: For Dehaan, the performance, both visually and in terms of acting is undeniably suited as he resonates Dean’s moody and unique approach, showing him as a person, not merely an icon.
There is plenty of focus but little flash in Anton Corbijn’s Life (2015), a snapshot of one of cinema’s most enduring icons.
Grade: 3/5 stars
On Dane: Owen Pallett’s jazz-infused score and Corbijn’s sharp, conservative framing capture the essence of a decade in which America was shifting towards a more liberal perspective on life and the arts. DeHaan and Pattinson are also both terrific, at once elegant and charismatic, yet equally uncomfortable in the skins they inhabit. Dean’s ability to mirror the dilemmas of a disenfranchised generation of youngster made him a star and whilst DeHaan’s performance is a little over-exaggerated, he still manages to capture that sense of relatable despondency.
Berlinale 2015: Life Review
Grade: 4/5 stars
On Dane: To begin with, Jimmy Dean, played by an alluring Dane DeHaan, is somewhat difficult to connect with, at arms length with the media, and reluctant for Stock to complete his photo-essay on the rising star for Life Magazine. (…) Given the undeniable charm and charisma of Pattinson, there was always the fear that he would steal the show from his counterpart, and be perceived as the star. However such is his understated, subtle turn, it allows DeHaan to take on that very role, which, given he’s playing James Dean, simply has to be the case.
Grade: 4/5 stars
On Dane: From the first scene of Anton Corbijn’s Life, DeHaan gives us very much his own Dean, and he’s immediately rather fascinating. The resemblance is marginal – if anything, he looks more like a young Brad Pitt.
US actor Dane DeHaan has said the challenge of portraying Hollywood icon James Dean filled him with nerves.
“I was hesitant to do the project because I held him in such high regard,” the Chronicle and Lawles star toldScreen about portraying Dean in Anton Corbijn’s Berlinale Gala drama Life. “It was nerve-wracking. I felt a lot of pressure and initially questioned whether it should be done.”
DeHaan had long been a Dean devotee: “I’ve had a poster of him in my room since I was at college and at acting school my teachers told us to watch his films and study his performances.”
Corbijn’s drama charts the relationship between Lifemagazine photographer Dennis Stock (Robert Pattinson) and Dean, after the former is assigned to shoot pictures of the famously camera-shy Giant star.
Corbijn’s drama goes beyond traditional biopic however, says DeHaan: “This film isn’t about James Dean the icon, it’s about how a human being is turned into an icon and how that impacts on a person.”
“The film is about two artists with very different approaches. Stock was driven by his anxiety and fears, Dean was more chilled. He was less interested in securing his next job than letting things come to him. The business almost suffocates Dean whereas the business propels Stock. The two characters see each others’ strengths and weaknesses in each other.”
FilmNation represents international sales on Life, which gets its world premiere tonight.
DeHaan heads to northern Canada in spring to shoot Kim Nguyen’s (War Witch) indie drama Two Lovers and a Bearopposite Tatiana Maslany.
As you all know today is a big day. “Life” movie starring Dane DeHaan has it’s international premiere at the 65th Berlinale International Film. Below you can find the exact timing for the events, as well as check the online official streaming channels:
Premiere Screening: Monday, February 9 at 9:30 PM CET [US 3:30 PM EST; 12:30 PM PT]
Photo Call: February 9 at 7:45 PM CET Photo Call [US 1:45 PM EST, 10:45 AM PT] Assume located Grand Hyatt as with press conf.
Press Conference: February 9 at t 7:55 PM CET [US 1:55 EST; 10:55 AM PT) Located first floor of Grand Hyatt Hotel, seats ~350 people.
Cast Attending: Robert Pattinson, Dane Dehaan, Anton Corbijn, Kristian Bruun, Alessandra Mastronardi, Luke Davies and producers Christina Piovesan, Iain Canning.
Live Streaming will be Photo Call (19:45 & times above) & Press Conference(19:55 & times above) CLICK this LINK to watch them live.
Please also make sure to check Dane-DeHaan.org during this day as I am going to update this post with news and photos. Make sure to head over to our gallery to see new HQ photos as soon as they start appearing. Below you can also find quick links:
- 2015-02-09 “LIFE” PREMIERE 65TH BERLINALE INTERNATIONAL FILM [RED CARPET]
- 2015-02-09 “LIFE” PREMIERE 65TH BERLINALE INTERNATIONAL FILM [ARRIVALS]
- 2015-02-09 “LIFE” PREMIERE 65TH BERLINALE INTERNATIONAL FILM [FANS PHOTOS]
- 2015-02-09 “LIFE” PREMIERE 65TH BERLINALE INTERNATIONAL FILM [PRESS CONFERENCE]
- 2015-02-09 “LIFE” PREMIERE 65TH BERLINALE INTERNATIONAL FILM [PHOTO CALL]
- 2015-02-09 “LIFE” PREMIERE 65TH BERLINALE INTERNATIONAL FILM [PORTRAITS AND STUDIO SHOOTS]
We also have HQ video of Dane, Robert, Anton and the rest of the cast from the press conference. The quality is awesome, but it’s not complete sadly (complete one can be watched below):
Thanks to Robpattinson.blogspot.com we are sharing the first clip from “LIFE” + full press conference video thanks to @Berlinale:
And we also have a few B-roll videos from the event itself, which you can check below: