Photoshoots

Happy Holidays: Dane DeHaan exclusive outtakes and never before seen photoshoots!

Merry Christmas and Happy New year 2016 to all Dane DeHaan fans

Christmas is here, and whether you celebrate it today or not, I felt like posting this small message to show my love and appreciation to all Dane DeHaan fans, and of course my friends in this amazing fandom.

Those who love and appreciate Dane are truly special people: it feels like I am a part of a real big family. It’s not only sharing the same interest and adoration: I feel incredibly lucky to be surrounded by truly amazing and caring people. I will never stop saying how much it amazes me that Dane’s fans are not only talented and creative, but also caring and good people. I do feel grateful I’ve met people that I can call my real friends. It is amazing to have so many people you feel close to from all over the world. I wish I could spend more time online, but even though I am not able to very often, I still feel this incredible connection. So thank you ALL. Hope you have great holidays with your family & beloved ones. Have a happy new year 2016, and may all troubles and sad moments be left in 2015.

Special shout-out to Inna, Merlyn, Sage, Aina, Aisu, Suki, Samantha, Hayley, Marcie & also those I don’t see around much anymore: Ashleigh Rose, Iris, Aimee, Jackie (hope you are okay), Rachel. Love you guys :) And of course, the last but not the least: sending love and appreciation to Dane & Anna. Hope they have a great Christmas with Franny and their family/friends.

2015 was a good year for Dane fans: even though we lacked Dane news and events, we still had LIFE premiere this year. This was a really important step in Dane’s career and a magnificent, glowing performance appreciate by critics. Let’s not forget our own special event when Sage got to meet Dane & Anna, and shared all the feelings with us on twitter. That was an unforgettable experience, almost like we all were THERE with them. There are also a lot of projects in post-production, which means we have A LOT to look forward to in 2016. Let’s hope that it is going to be the Dane year!

And at last I feel like sharing a small gift with all the fans on Xmas day. This time I am sharing 4 UHQ images from never before seen unknown Dane 2011 shoots. And also outtakes from well-known shoots: 9 from 2012 Lawless Cannes photoshoot, and 7 L’Uomo Vogue photoshoot by Caitlin Cronenberg. We may have seen a lot of outtakes from the last shoot, but the more the better, right? Please check the photos below and once again: have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New year 2016!










EXCLUSIVE: full Dane DeHaan interview from WONDERLAND 2015 + scans

2015 – Wonderland

Playing his favourite actor in forthcoming biopic Life, young Hollywood’s fresh-faced poster boy Dane DeHaan faced his thoughest test to date

It took film director Anton Corbijn months and months to persuade Dane DeHaan to play James Dean in big-screen biopic, Life. It wasn’t that DeHaan lacked enthusiasm for the part, it’s that he was dreading stepping into the skin of his idol. Shitting it, in fact. “I’m the one that goes around saying I want to challenge myself all the time,” he tells me from the Brooklyn apartment he shares with his wife and fellow screen performer, Anna Wood. “Then when the opportunity really came along, I got scared. This is the biggest challenge of my career.”

Hollywood needs more young actors like DeHaan. Here’s a guy who’s as comfortable playing a ballistic, gas can-wielding heavy metal roadie (2013’s anarchic thriller, Metallica: Through The Never) as he is a heartbroken 17th century painter (forthcoming drama, Tulip Fever). He changes his colours quicker than a Rubik’s Cube, knows when to say no to work and, as I learned, rarely lets his guard down in interviews. Since his film debut in 2010’s Amigo he’s averaging five roles a year, each as diverse as they are demanding. Though he often plays youths dealt a tough hand in life — most notably in cult, halogen-lit Ryan Gosling vehicle Place Beyond the Pines — typecast DeHaan is defiantly not.

“You have to be a strong individual,” he says with the deadpan inflection of a Daria character that never was. “I know what I want, I don’t want to just shine bright and then burn out, I want to have a slow-burner of a career. For me, the challenge is just keeping it about the work and trying to let it speak for itself.”

One thing’s for absolute sure: when DeHaan is certain of a part, he’ll wrap his life around it like a boa constrictor. To land his stint as the Green Goblin/Harry Osborn in last year’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2, he asked co-star Andrew Garfield to recommend him to director Marc Webb. He pursued the role for months and when he got it, based his character on the typical, moneyed pseudo-intellectual he’s used to meeting in New York. “It’s undeniable the positive effects doing a movie like that has had on my career,” he remarks. “If you do big movies, if you put yourself in the public consciousness in that way, it allows you to do whatever movie you wanna do next.” Hop-scotching between projects humble and humungous, DeHaan’s keeping his options wide open. “It comes down to this balance – I don’t always want to be doing big movies, or small ones. I think if I just did one of either of those it would really start to wear away at me physically, mentally. With Spider-Man, I had never been in a movie that big, but I loved the people involved. I wanted it selfishly, but I also wanted to work with Andrew.”

When, after five failed attempts, photographer-turned-filmmaker Corbijn finally twisted DeHaan’s arm for Life, the actor was put on a demanding diet plan. Gaining a skin-splitting 25 pounds in three months and crunching his vocals flat to mimic Dean’s infantile rasp, DeHaan’s performance is studied and compelling.

He’s hardly a plaster-cast lookalike, but he never tried to be. “It’s not like I didn’t spend a tonne of time on his voice, but the most important work, I think, is trying to figure out who he was, what drove him forward,” he muses, counting out the biographies he read in prep.

The film, out in the UK this autumn, follows the slow-burn relationship between Life magazine photographer Dennis Stock (Robert Pattinson) and a pre Rebel Without a Cause-starring Dean. Following him for the photo-series everywhere from New York’s seediest nightspots to his family home in Indiana, Stock captures the 24-year-old in his playful prime: passed out drunk on a table beside a buxom blonde (To Rome With Love’s Alessandra Mastronardi), playing the jester on a farm, and sharing a close moment with his son. His favourite of Webb’s series — which shows Dean sitting alone on the stage of a high school auditorium — didn’t make the film.“I was in college [when I saw it], and that was the first time he became human to me,” he laughs. The scene where Dean follows Stock into a drizzly Times Square to pose for one of his most iconic portraits, is as powerful as acting gets. As DeHaan cracks Dean’s wily, ear-to-ear smirk for Pattinson’s Leica SM, ex-Final Fantasy songwriter Owen Pallett’s soundtrack simmers underneath.

Years before Life, DeHaan had spoken at length about “misunderstood” Dean.The film portrays him as a mischievous, limelight-averse visionary – a million miles away from the coy country boy he’s thought of as being. “Everyone knows that photograph of James Dean in Times Square. It’s such a strong image, but nobody is just one thing. Nobody is just a rebel, nobody is just cool. He was so much more than that. Hopefully, this film shows that.”

Whipped up for an Annie Leibovitz-shot Prada menswear campaign last year, he must know what it feels like to be labelled a young, mysterious icon. I think it does a really good job of showing how a normal person can be turned into an icon,” he ponders. “How photographs can change the way the world views a person. You can t just think of two of my movies and categorise my entire person. Luckily, I’m not like the people I play in my movies. I feel like I’m a lot more of a sane, normal person than a lot of the times I’m portrayed on screen.”

Off-set, DeHaan often unconsciously stays in character. Wood had to repeatedly remind him to snap out of his Dean persona, he recalls. “It is full immersion. I feel like my characters leak into my personal life because they’re all consuming.” Indeed, there is something uncanny about DeHaan’s casting, especially in the scene where he demands to be shown “only good movies”, to accept honest, upstanding projects alone.

In 2017, he and Cara Delevingne star in Valerian, Luc Besson’s first film in three years. Based on the graphic novel, DeHaan plays a time-travelling 28th century protagonist in one of the most anticipated sci-fis of the decade. He’s not slowing down, then. In fact, you get a sense that now, more than ever, Dane DeHaan is as high as he’ll get. But what of the bigger roles he’s turned down? “I just don’t see any real reason to answer that question… its too dangerous,” he rebuts. “It’s not what I don’t do, it’s about what I do do.”




Dane DeHaan by Anton Corbijn: new LIFE promo shoot photos + HQ Vogue MAN Netherlands scans

Dane DeHaan by Anton Corbijn: UHQ LIFE promo shoot + HQ Vogue MAN Netherlands scans

The closer LIFE USA release gets the more amazing new Dane photos we get.
We all know that Anton Corbijn (the director of LIFE) did a promotional shoot for the movie which featured Dane DeHaan and Robert Pattinson. Until today we were only able to view several “on the set” scenes in LIFE B-roll video. But today UHQ images from the shoot became available.
And we all saw Dane’s photos from VOGUE MAN Netherlands premiere issue. Today I added HQ scans to the gallery. There are photos we’ve already seen, as well as one unseen shot. I can assure you that once the images become available in HQ/any outtakes appear, I’ll be definitely sharing them :) So far enjoy what we have. Check the albums below:






EXCLUSIVES from dane-dehaan.org: Dane DeHaan photoshoot outtakes + UHQ versions of old shoots

Dane DeHaan photoshoots upgrade: UHQs & new outtakes

I’ve been thinking about doing this update for a while, but due to the lack of time I kept procrastinating. But finally I found a bit of free time, and decided to do a small Dane photoshoots update. Now, a lot of you probably know me for my love to HQ photos: I just feel like bringing the best possible quality of Dane’s images to fans. I’ve replaced a lot of various photoshoots we had with their UHQ versions. That’s a major improvement, some of the photos are so huge that you can literally print out the posters. Please make sure to check their original quality by either clicking on the preview, or hitting the download button. The list of all upgraded to HD shoots can be found below:






It’s great to have better quality versions of old seen stuff, but it’s even better to get unseen outtakes from the published shoots. Sometimes outtakes look much better than selects, and I always wonder why they have been left out and not chosen. Today I’ve updated 5 Dane’s portraits sessions with their never-before-seen outtakes. Some of the images are really cute. Please check them below :)











READ: exclusive translation of Dane DeHaan's INTERVIEW Germany interview by Anton Corbijn

2015 – Interview Germany (translated)

He was Ryan Gosling’s son in The Place Beyond the Pines, the devilish goblin in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and malicious gossip has it that he has what it takes to be the next Leonardo DiCaprio. Nonsense! If a legend then do it the right way: in Anton Corbijn’s new movie Life the 29 year-old American plays the role of the everlasting rebel JAMES DEAN

by Anton CORBIJN

I have a degree in armed stage combat with knife, sword, dagger and epee.“ – Dane DeHaan

ANTON CORBIJN: No matter how doubtful my questions are going to turn out, you absolutely have to watch out for the quality of your answers.

DANE DEHAAN: What? But that is not fair!

CORBIJN: In the interviews, I did for Life, everybody told me that you turned down the role of James Dean five times. And all I could say all the time was: “I don’t know”. Did you really turn down the role five times?

DEHAAN: I’m afraid, this is true. At first they asked me to do an audition tape but I said: „I don’t think, that I am interested in the role.“ Then they asked me again for an audition tape, so I said: „I think, I am still not interested in the role.“ Then I had the meeting with you, where I said, that I am maybe still not interested in the role until Iain Canning, the producer, stepped in and I slowly started to get interested. Maybe I only turned down four times.

CORBIJN: And I thought, our meeting convinced you right away?

DEHAAN: (laughs) No, but it helped. Every meeting, that I had, helped a little. I was just shitting my pants. I mean, I am always saying, that I only want roles, that I am afraid of, but when the big challenge came, I scarpered.

CORBIJN: They also said that you didn’t want to meet me.

DEHAAN: Was that so? I have no idea! I can only remember, that I still met up with you. I wanted to be persuaded. And because I couldn’t talk myself into it, someone else had to do it. Iain and my wife, Anna had done it in the end. They said: What is your problem? You love the script, you like the director and it’s a role, that is going to challenge you.

CORBIJN: You had to gain a lot of weight.

DEHAAN: Yes, eleven kilos (twenty-four pounds). James Dean was 5’7” (1,73 m) tall and the weighted around 70 kilos (154 pounds). And I am 5’10” (1,78 m), so I thought, that 73,5 kilos (160 pounds) could work out for the role. But I had to put the weight in the right places.

CORBIJN: Yes, we couldn’t use a beer belly.

DEHAAN: But I had a little belly.

CORBIJN: Yes, Hollywood wasn’t that strict with bodies in the fifties.

DEHANN: You were allowed to have a soft body. You didn’t had to be buff.

CORBIJN: Dean, definitely did not have a six-pack.

DEHAAN: No, he wasn’t defined at all, none of the actors were. Except for Paul Newman. But he was naturally athletic. Dean and Brando had soft muscles. Farmers-bodies.

CORBIJN: But how was it for you, changing your body? Did it feel different?

DEHAAN: It felt different just because of the fact that I had to do a lot of things to get to the weight. Also a lot of training and lots of food: Protein shakes, tons of meat, eggs and coconut oil – totally silly.

CORBIJN: I always find it fascinating what a different look causes at people. If you enter a room, people look at you differently. Fellows encounter you differently, and maybe even your wife treated you differently.

DEHAAN: And I with myself too. When I looked into the mirror I said: “Who does this body belong to?” Really weird.

CORBIJN: Did you learn something new about Dean while you were shooting the movie?

DEHAAN: Well, I knew his movies, of course I mostly saw the legend in him. I didn’t know anything about his childhood. Nor did I know anything about his private life. I had to read all those things. Now I know about his weaknesses and problems. The two weeks, that Life is telling about, were extremely important to him. He looks back onto his childhood, when his private life gets taken away from him but that he can fulfill his dreams, of being an actor, with that.

CORBIJN: Do you read a lot, by the way?

DEHAAN: Well, I have to read scripts. I can hardly do more. The only book I read in 2014 was The Goldfinch.

CORBIJN: That is the novel by Donna Tartt, isn’t it?

DEHAAN: Yes, a wonderful book. I am reading Murakami’s Kafka on the Shore rigt now. There are a lot of conversations with animals in the book and because I am playing a character in my next movie, who can talk to animals, I thought, it might be helpful.

CORBIJN: What are you doing to get relaxed?

DEHAAN: I watch movies, I play golf and I cut wood. I love to cut wood. What are you doing to get relaxed?

CORBIJN: I think I don’t relax. In the past I was watching movies, but since I am directing movies, it’s not relaxing anymore. I have to analyze everything now.

DEHAAN: I had an acting teacher once, who always fell asleep, while we were playing. And when we were done with the scene, he always analyzed our play and he was so exact and on the point that I always thought: “What is he even doing? This can’t be possible.” Until I realized that he was only awake as long as we could get his attention. When we made mistakes, when we were not concentrated, he fell asleep. That was, of course, a measure to relax in between.

CORBIJN: How long did you take acting lessons?

DEHAAN: I started in my last year at High school and I continued at College. So five years of intense education.

CORBIJN: When I wanted to study photography in the early seventies, I had the bad luck, that photography wasn’t admitted as an artistic discipline. You were able to take photography classes at Dutch art colleges but only as a minor subject. So, to get into the classes, you had to take the regular art classes, which I had no idea of. I got turned down at three art colleges. Then I went to a school, where failed photographers taught me the art of photography – I hated that.

DEHAAN: You hated it?

CORBIJN: So much. They only talked about the technical aspects and I didn’t cared about them. So one thing lead to the other and I taught it myself, what obviously has it’s own advantages. But it also has the disadvantage that you don’t feel like a real photographer, because there are so many things you can’t do.

DEHAAN: I understand.

CORBIJN: That’s why I had to fight for so long to be respected as a photographer. But by now I only see it as a hobby.

DEHAAN: Really?

CORBIJN: Yes.

DEHAAN: You don’t see yourself as a photographer anymore?

CORBIJN: Well, not in the strict sense. I take pictures of what I like to take pictures of and I can make a good living out of it. Photography is not a job to me anymore because I have too much respect for it. And because I don’t know so many things I would feel like fraud calling myself a photographer.

DEHAAN: Okay. And how about your job as a director?

CORBIJN: Similar.

DEHAAN: (laughs) Hobby or Job?

CORBIJN: By now more a job, because I am studying movies – like, not at a university, but privately. That is because movies are such a big commitment. Every movie costs me a year of my life. To get through this I really have to want it.

DEHAAN: When you say, you study movies, does that mean that you watch movies very concentrated?

CORBIJN: Yes, exactly. I watch movies, I am going to the theater, trying to find out what makes an actor better than the other actors, trying to recognize strengths. Nimi is really good at that (Nimi Ponnudurai, Corbijn’s wife). She can always remember names too. I forget every name.

DEHAAN: You are probably a visual type of a person and you can remember faces better. But apart from this the actors you are working with are all very different, or?

CORBIJN: Sure. There are for example many people who criticize Rob (Robert Pattinson, playing the second lead role in “Life”), because he did that trilogy – what is it called?

DEHAAN: Twilight.

CORBIJN: Twilight, exactly. But I think Rob is just perfect in our movie, that role is like made just for him. But people only look at his past and they say: “How can you take him?” That is insane!

DEHAAN: People love it to postmark actors. It wasn’t different with James Dean either. He is the most postmarked actor of all the time, which maybe was because; there are only three movies he did.

CORBIJN: Right.

DEHAAN: But he had so many different sides. When people think about Dean, they definitely don’t think about that scene in Giant, where he is 20 years older and sitting at the table completely drunk. They only see him as that adolescent rebel in Rebel Without a Cause. It’s often like this. Rob played the romantic vampire in Twilight and people think, okay, Rob is like that vampire.

CORBIJN: That’s why he is only starring in movies right now that have nothing to do with that. He wants to prove himself as an actor and plays someone who wants to prove himself as a photographer. I know it from you that you are a huge admirer of Philip (Philip Seymour Hoffman, played the lead role in Corbijn’s “A Most Wanted Man”). He was a person who literally disappeared in his characters.

DEHAAN: Yes, when I tried to train myself to speak like James Dean, I watched Capote again. Philip’s voice was so distant from his own voice, but you never felt for a second that it sounded fake.

CORBIJN: That was physically interesting too. He seems much shorter in Capote than he really was.

DEHAAN: He became a little man in that role.

CORBIJN: What languages do you speak?

DEHAAN: What languages? Only English!

CORBIJN: But you have Dutch roots, or?

DEHAAN: Yes, but I don’t know anything specific. I mean, I grew up with the culture of Pennsylvania Dutch but their culture is more German than Dutch. In Pennsylvania you have the Amish’s, the Mennonite’s and the Pennsylvania Dutch’s. But I never did genealogical research.

CORBIJN: But you know what your last name means in English?

DEHAAN: Yes. The rooster.

CORBIJN: I’d say: The cock!

DEHAAN: Well (laughs). But does DeHaan mean the same in Dutch what cock means in English?

CORBIJN: No, one haan is a male cock. Then your Dutch roots didn’t help you much while you were shooting Tulip Fever?

DEHAAN: No, not at all. Even though I had to learn how to paint for that movie. That was a challenge.

I CUT WOOD.

I LOVE IT,

TO CUT WOOD.”

CORBIJN: How do you learn how to paint? Especially in which style?

DEHAAN: It was about Dutch portrait paintings of the 17th Century. There was this guy, his name was Jamie Routley, and Christoph Waltz and Alicia Vikander went there and let him paint a portrait of themselves, which we used as requisites. So I went with them and took a look over his shoulder. He is really cool, about my age and he gave me lessons. Only after one lesson I was better, than I ever thought I could be.

CORBIJN: Did we ever talk about music? What is the sound that you are, uh, grooving to? (laughs)

DEHAAN: To be honest with you music is not really my strength. When I’m alone I prefer the silence. Anna, my wife, often shows me songs, to find out if I like them. But music never had that effect on me.

CORBIJN: What I always liked about music was how it can transfer you from one feeling into another feeling in like a very short amount of time. Way much faster than a movie for example. Music on and you are already somewhere else. That is what I liked, the possibility of escaping, especially when I was younger.

DEHAAN: You spent a lot of time with musicians, or?

CORBIJN: Yes, but only as consequence for my love for vinyl’s and music. I wanted to be a part of that world because it meant freedom to me – I was raised in a very religious community. As a teenager I learnt how to play the piano a little. And I play the drums.

DEHAAN: The drums?

CORBIJN: Yes, a little bit.

DEHAAN: Do you also play the conga? (James Dean played the conga)

CORBIJN: No.

DEHAAN: I do a little bit (in the movie).

CORBIJN: I saw that. It’s nice hitting things for money.

DEHAAN: Haha! How about boxing? Do you box?

CORBIJN: No. You?

DEHAAN: No.

CORBIJIN: Any other combat sport?

DEHAAN: I did Taekwondo, when I was very very young. I nailed it until the yellow belt. I was seven years old back then. But I have a degree in armed stage combat with knife, sword, dagger and epee.

CORBIJN: Do you have any dreams or aims? Would you like to direct one day or playing other characters?

DEHAAN: I don’t know if I want to direct. Maybe when I’m older. But I am very pleased with what I have, because I always wanted to be an actor. Also I can’t really concentrate on lot of things at the same time. I think I would have a lot of difficulties with being a director and still being a pleasant person to be around with.

Life” by Anton Corbijn with Dane DeHaan in theaters September 24th


Check out the HQ scans from the magazine below. Thanks so much to Kayla from Robert Pattinson LIFE for sharing them with me :)




 

And for those that don’t know the shoot that they used: it’s an INTERVIEW US 2014 shoot that Dane had, by Steven Klein. We have UHQ in our gallery for over a year, and today I added three photos that were retouched slightly differently (and used in INTERVIEW Germany). The shoot is iconic, so always a pleasure to remember it:




 

Dane DeHaan HQ outtakes for Wonderland 2015 magazine (photos by Matt Lambert)

HQ: outtakes of Dane’s photoshoot for Wonderland magazine (by Matt Lambert)

Wow, I am speechless. The moment we’ve all been waiting for is here. Finally we are able to view and admire 13 HQ outtakes of Dane’s photoshoot for Wonderland magazine’s 10th Birthday Issue. The photos are amazing, especially in this quality. Thanks to Matt Lambert for taking these breathtakingly beautiful photos. That is now definitely one of my favorite Dane photoshoots. Check the photos by clicking thumbs below:




Dane DeHaan on the cover of Wonderland magazine's 10th Birthday issue (2015)

Dane is on of cover stars of Wonderland 10th Birthday issue (2015)

Dane DeHaan is one of the cover stars for upcoming issue of Wonderland magazine. We are going to keep you updated when more photos appear, and we are also going to have the full article published in our website’s press archive section, so keep following us for more information.

So far we have the following information on the photoshoot:

Photographer: Matt Lambert
Styling Andrew Davis
Grooming Servullo
Art direction Patrick Waugh
Produced by Yawnnis & Iconoclast Germany

You can view the full cover version in our gallery.

Three new UHQ exclusive OUTTAKES from Dane DeHaan Berlinale LIFE portraits session for The Hollywood Reporter

Photos: three new UHQ outtakes from Dane DeHaan “Berlinale” photoshoot

When we think we’ve already seen all outtakes from Dane‘s Berlinale 2015 LIFE portraits session, more photos appear. Today I’ve added three unseen UHQ outtakes from this beautiful photoshoot. I love these shots, especially the one of Dane smiling :) You can’t help it but smile back. Please check the new photos by clicking the thumbs below:




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

Another Man S/S15: Dane DeHaan photoshoot + behind the scenes video

Dane DeHaan‘s next role, as James Dean in Anton Corbijn’s Life, marks his crossover from complex outsider actor to leading man. Indeed, James Dean is the definitive leading man – the Rebel Without a Cause whose looks, charisma and tragically premature death aged just 24 cemented him into the collective consciousness as an icon of masculinity and mystery.

DeHaan is in the intriguing and difficult position of playing one of his heroes. “I’ve had a poster of Dean on my wall since I was in college and still do now,” he says in his interview with novelist and screenwriter Bruce Wagner. But this film compelled him not as a piece of hagiography – rather because “it tries to show how a normal person can be turned into an icon.” In DeHaan’s shoot with Alister Mackie and Willy Vanderperre, the young actor portrays a modern take on Hollywood masculinity dressed in jacquard and an insouciant lurex tie, all captured in this exclusive behind the scenes film.

Read the full interview in the latest issue of Another Man, out on March 12.

Check out the HQ photos from amazing photoshoot by Willy Vanderperre below:





And make sure to watch behind the scenes video:


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