‘Life’ Will Release In 2015 “We still have two more months of sound and [potential] pick-up shoots” ~ Anton Corbijn

Dane DeHaan as James Dean in Life

Anton Corbijn was interviewed by CraveOnline where he spoke about how he wanted Phillip Seymour Hoffman involved in Life and also confirmed that Life would release in 2015.

Here’s an excerpt from the interview:

You mentioned recently that you were trying to get Philip Seymour Hoffman into your next film, Life. What role would that have been?

John Morris. (Who was a photo editor for Life magazine; and who will be played, now, by Joel Edgerton)

Life wasn’t part of the TIFF announcement this morning, is there potential for a 2014 release?

No, that’ll be 2015. We haven’t locked picture yet. We still have two more months of sound and [potential] pick-up shoots.

In your background in photography, you’ve photographed numerous icons. Your first film, Control, was a portrait of the iconic Ian Curtis (singer for Joy Division), who died very young. I guess now we’ve confirmed that next year, you have a film that involves James Dean (to be played by Dane DeHaan) in Life. Who also died very young. Is it more difficult to capture an iconic photograph of an individual in life, or to tell their story in death?

I’m flattered that people think my pictures are iconic. That’s not what I set out to be. A lot of people that I worked with in the 70s and 80s were not very well known people, but they became [well known] later. So I’ve not deliberately sought icons. As far as making films for Ian Curtis and James Dean, that is, of course, is very deliberate. Ian Curtis was someone that I knew and I moved to England to make it because I wanted to make it. It was a personal project. And, also, I thought there was a good love story there (between Sam Riley and Samantha Morton).

With Life it’s first and foremost a story about a photographer, Dennis Stock (Robert Pattinson), who profiled James Dean (DeHaan). So it’s the story of a photographer and their subject. As a photographer that story interested me: studying the power balance between a photographer and their subject. You know, who influences who? The James Dean portion of the story wasn’t my interest. In fact I’d turned down a straight James Dean project once before.


‘Life’ At The Cannes Film Market: ‘This One’s In Play & Is Gonna Sell’

Dane DeHaan as James Dean in Life

Deadline compiled a list of hot titles that are at the Cannes Film Market and no surprise to see Life on that list.

From Deadline:

LIFE – Director: Anton Corbijn. Cast: Robert Pattinson, Dane DeHaan, Ben Kingsley, Joel Edgerton. A photographer for Life Magazine is assigned to shoot pictures of James Dean. Sales: CAA / WME / FilmNation. Based on 15 minutes of footage, this one’s in play and is gonna sell.


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

Dane DeHaan as James Dean in upcoming 'Life'

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“It was crazy. But still really fun.”

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

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

DeHaan laughs.

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


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

Dane DeHaan as Harry Osborn

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

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

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

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

How did you prepare for your role?

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

Can you speak about collaborating with Andrew Garfield?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: The Source

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

Anton Corbijn talks about Robert Pattinson and Dane DeHaan: “Both guys are fantastic”

Dane DeHaan and Ropert Pattinson in 'Life'

Life director, Anton Corbijn, briefly mentioned his leading men on his website last month. When the first still was released, Corbijn had this to say about Robert Pattinson and Dane DeHaan:

This photograph is our first publicity shot from the film LIFE that i am currently shooting in Canada and USA. It is the story of James Dean and photographer Dennis Stock, set in early 1955. In the back of the car sits Jimmy as played by Dane DeHaan and in the passenger seat is Dennis, played by Robert Pattinson. Both guys are fantastic and are giving the film very good energy despite the very harsh winter we encountered in Canada.

Life finished filming in March and is currently in post production.

Source: ‘Life’ website

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