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

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

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

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

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

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

Dane DeHaan: biography from “Life” production notes

DANE DEHAAN – James Dean

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Dane DeHaan as James Dean in "life": new photo and article from THR

2015 – The Hollywood Reporter


How director Anton Corbijn painstakingly recreated an iconic ’50s-era photo shoot by Scott Roxborough

THE FILM DOESN’T LOOK LIKE A DENNIS STOCK PHOTO, it looks like the world he took photos in. That’s important because a photographer always translates the world into his pictures. The pictures don’t present themselves to you; you have to find the pictures.”
Anton Corbijn is talking about Life, one of the buzziest titles in the Berlin lineup, which tells the backstory behind arguably the most iconic images in Hollywood history: the photos Stock took of James Dean during a road trip on assignment for Life magazine in 1955, just months before the actor’s death.
Starring Dane DeHaan as Dean and Robert Pattinson as Stock, the project seems particularly ideal for Corbijn. Before he started directing, Corbijn was best known as a photographer of rock stars. In 1979, on assignment for music magazine NME, he did a photo shoot with an up-and- coming new British band called Joy Division. Months later, the band’s singer, Ian Curtis, hanged himself. Corbijn’s photos of Curtis, like Stock’s of Dean, became lasting images of a young artist whose life ended early.
Instead of copying Stock’s visual style Stock’s monochromatic in Life, Corbijn went about replicating the world of 1955 America, going so far as to totally rebuild Dean’s apartment in New York. “We had an such an art director who measured everything — the distance from the desk, that sort of thing.”
The moment Stock captured with Dean, and Corbijn re-creates in Life, was a turning point in American culture. “It seems very simple now, but it was revolutionary at the time seeing pictures like this,” says Corbijn. “Pictures like Stock’s symbolized the rebelliousness of the time. The fact that Dean died of course adds to the mystery. You couldn’t take those shots again. If it were today, and we had thousands of paparazzi shots of James Dean, I wonder if it would destroy the mystery?”

Dane DeHaan, Robert Pattinson: Life World Premiere at the Berlin Film Festival.

“Life”: world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival detailed time for February 9, 2015

Detailed timing for “Life” premiere have finally been announce. The premiere takes place on February 9, 2015 at the Berlinale Film Festival. I can already imagine how many photos we are going to have on that day, wow. Also I am very excited for the premiere, and looking forward to hear people’s opinions:) The detailed info can be found below:

February 9, 2015
‘Life’ World Premiere at the Berlin Film Festival.
Photo-Call: 19:45PM CET/ 6:45PM GMT/ 1:45PM ET/ 10:45AM PT.
Press Conference: 19:55PM CET/ 6:55PM GMT/ 1:55PM ET/ 10:55AM PT
Red Carpet: 21:00PM CET/ 8PM GMT/ 3PM ET/ 12PM
Screening: 9:30PM CET/ 8:30GMT/ 3:30PM ET/ 12:30PM PT.

Stars to attend the premiere: Robert Pattinson, Dane Dehaan, Anton Corbijn, Alessandra Mastronardi & Luke Davies.

And here is the brief movie’s summary from Berlinale’s site:

In 1955, ambitious Hollywood photographer Dennis Stock and the then still unknown James Dean meet at one of Nicholas Ray’s parties. Stock recognises in the young actor, who has just completed filming East of Eden, an extraordinary talent and hopes to further his own career via a series of portraits for “Life” magazine. Newcomer Dean is stressed by studio boss Jack Warner’s demands for him to get on the PR bandwagon for Elia Kazan’s film and goes into hiding in the country. Stock accompanies the camera-shy star to his native ranch in Indiana where he has his roots. Once back in New York, Stock captures the world famous image which keeps the legend alive to this day.
Anton Corbijn is less interested in the life of the idol of a new generation than in the creation of a myth and the role “Life” photographer Dennis Stock’s portraits had in the iconisation of Dean. The meeting of these two young men led to the creation of a series of world famous images of a cult star before he died at the age of just 24. “James Dean haunted Times Square” went on to become one of the most reproduced photograhps of the 20th century.

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

‘Life’ Will Have It’s World Premiere At The 65th Berlin International Film Festival

The World Premiere of Life will be held at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival which runs from 5-15 Feb.

From ScreenDaily:

Berlinale SpecialGala at the Zoo Palast

United Kingdom / Canada
By Anton Corbijn (A Most Wanted Man)
With Robert Pattinson, Dane DeHaan, Joel Edgerton, Ben Kingsley
World premiere

We also have two new stills with Dane from the movie. Make sure to check them below:


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

VIDEO + screencaptures: Dane DeHaan as James Dean in “Life” (from Anton Corbijn – Shooting Stars)

Amazing present for all Dane DeHaan fans. We now have an awesome chance to see snippets of Dane DeHaan as James Dean in “Life” from German program Anton Corbijn – Shooting Stars. Unfortunately the documentary is in German, but still it’s exciting to finally see Dane in action. You can watch the Life snippet below:

Dane DeHaan as James Dean in “Life”

Make sure to check screencaptures in our gallery as well:

And I have also uploaded the rip (Life part) for all Dane fans to download as well. Please credit when reposting the download link on your sites and blogs. I will replace the link with a better (nearly HQ) quality version later, so keep checking back! The download link has been replaced with 1280p rip:


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 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

Anton Corbijn mentions Dane DeHaan in his latest INDIEWIRE interview

Dane DeHaan as James Dean in Life
In his latest interview with IndieWire Anton Corbijn mentions many things: Philip Seymour Hoffman, his career, ‘Life‘, and Dane as well. You can read an entire interview here. And below we have a Dane-related part:

In “Life,” Dane DeHaan will be playing James Dean. How difficult was it to cast someone in that role?
It was difficult. Also I think for the actors it’s very difficult to step in his shoes. But Dane DeHaan plays it well. He’s a tremendous actor. I don’t think he wanted to do it initially. He wouldn’t take a meeting with me because he didn’t want to be persuaded. But luckily he came to me and he was persuaded. He’s amazing.

He’s great in “Kill Your Darlings.”
Yeah, and “Place Beyond the Pines.” I haven’t seen “Spider-Man [2].” “Lawless” I have seen. And he’s in “Devil’s Knot” and “Life After Beth.” I haven’t seen that. I was in Sundance but I didn’t manage to see a single film.

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