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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:






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 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.

Dane DeHaan in Télérama 2015 magazine - HQ photos

Scans from french magazines: Dane featured in Télérama & Les Inrocks

Looks like France is showing some love for Dane, which makes me totally happy. Since his visit to Deauville festival he was featured in two french magazines: Télérama & Les Inrocks

Thanks to our friends at Robert Pattinson Life (and especially Verena who was kind to do the scans) we have HQ scans from Les Inrocks with pages that feature Dane. For full magazine feature please head over to their website




I have also added large quality scans from Télérama magazine, which will be replaced with hires versions by tomorrow’s evening. We were all pretty excited about this issue, since Dane is on the cover. But unfortunately looks like there is only Anton Corbijn interview, and the magazine had Dane’s name mentioned only briefly. There are no more photos from the shoot, but there is a colored version of the poster for LIFE.

Make sure to check the scans below. I’ll try to get more photos from the cover shoot, as it looks totally cute, and I am burning from my desire to see more :)




P.S. to watch the interview that Dane did for Télérama magazine check their website HERE