Dane DeHaan and Anna Wood attend attends Bridging The Gap and Other Short Plays by Wesley Taylor benefit reading at New World Stages on October 26, 2015 in New York City

Photos: Dane DeHaan & Anna Wood attend Bridging The Gap and Other Short Plays by Wesley Taylor Benefit Reading [October 26]

Dane DeHaan and Anna Wood attended Bridging The Gap and Other Short Plays by Wesley Taylor benefit reading at New World Stages during the Actors Fund Benefit on October 26, 2015 in New York City. Dane performed in two of the short plays. As usual I am adding HQ images from the event.

This was a very special day for the fandom because our amazing friends @SageAshworth and @campusrimbaud had a chance to see Dane and Anna during the event. They both saw Dane perform, and Sage (@SageAshworth) later had a very special experience of meeting Dane & Anna during the after-party. I can only say that I am very happy and grateful for being able to share the joy, warmth and happiness of this experience via twitter. @SageAshworth did an amazing job in updating us and sharing their joy and emotions, so it literally felt like we’ve all been there with them. I am even more proud of being a fan of such lovely, caring and nice people as Dane & Anna.

Please follow @SageAshworth & @campusrimbaud as well as make sure to check Sage’s tumblr blog on eyebagdehaan.tumblr.com.

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.”

uc Besson's Sci-Fi Epic Valerian is Holding a Costume Design Contest

Luc Besson’s Sci-Fi Epic Valerian is Holding a Costume Design Contest

Enter the Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets costume contest!

EuropaCorp has teamed up with Yahoo Style on a global search for innovative and original costume design to appear in the upcoming science fiction epic Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, starring Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, and Clive Owen. Together, EuropaCorp and Yahoo Style will launch a design contest that invites artists to submit their original designs for use in the film, which begins shooting in Europe in January 2016. Check out the video below to see Besson himself tell you about the film and the contest, and check out the actual contest page HERE!

“’Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets’ encompasses a diverse array of characters from all parts of the universe,” said writer/director Luc Besson, “I believe the world we live in is filled with people from all walks of life who possess an abundance of creativity and untapped potential. My hope is that by offering a contest like this to artists worldwide, we will gain access to inspired and original creations from a plethora of fresh perspectives, and the film will benefit from this collaboration.”

The contest, which will launch on Yahoo Style on October 7, 2015, runs through November 27, 2015. Editor in Chief of Yahoo Style, Joe Zee, will serve as one of the judges, along with the film’s writer/director Luc Besson and costume designer Olivier Bériot who will choose up to twenty winners whose designs will appear in the film. Winners will be announced on December 14, 2015.

Rooted in the classic graphic novel series, Valerian and Laureline- visionary writer/director Luc Besson advances this iconic source material into the contemporary, unique and epic science-fiction saga Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.

Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) are special operatives for the government of the human territories charged with maintaining order throughout the universe. Valerian has more in mind than a professional relationship with his partner- blatantly chasing after her with propositions of romance. But his extensive history with women, and her traditional values, drive Laureline to continuously rebuff him.

Under directive from their Commander (Clive Owen), Valerian and Laureline embark on a mission to the breathtaking intergalactic city of Alpha, an ever-expanding metropolis comprised of thousands of different species from all four corners of the universe. Alpha’s seventeen million inhabitants have converged over time- uniting their talents, technology and resources for the betterment of all. Unfortunately, not everyone on Alpha shares in these same objectives; in fact, unseen forces are at work, placing our race in great danger.

Source: ComingSoon.net

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?


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.


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.




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)


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?



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: read exclusive interview with Little White Lies

2015 – Little White Lies: Dane DeHaan

You can tell a lot about a celebrity from how they engage with social media. Some use it to boost their profile, others endorse brands or support worthy causes. Then there are people like Dane DeHaan, who prefer to treat it as a genuine extension of their personality, perhaps in the form of an as yet unanswered marriage proposal to @realDonaldTrump or sharing a photo of a particularly interesting snail.

There’s a serious side to the 29-year-old actor, of course, as evident in Chronicle, Lawless, Kill Your Darlings and now Life, director Anton Corbijn’s behind- the-lens look at James Dean. LWLiesspoke to DeHaan about playing Hollywood’s most enduring icon and why he’s happy doing things his own way.

LWLies: You’re fairly active on Instagram and Twitter. How do you think James Dean’s legacy might have been affected if social media was around in his day?

DeHaan: I really like social media because I get to use it on my own terms. I get to put up there what I want to put up there. It’s a good opportunity for me to let people in on the kind of person I really am. Compare that to when James Dean was around, his Instagram would have had to been completely controlled by the studio because it was a time when actors were kind of drafted by studios, so there image was not within their control. James Dean started working for a studio and he was cast as the cool, rebellious guy – he didn’t have any control over that. That’s the image people still have of him today. In a lot of ways, actors have a lot more control over their careers and their public image today.

Do you think it’s possible for an actor to become a James Dean level icon today?

I don’t know, I guess the equivalent now is having your own blockbuster franchise or whatever.

Aside from The Amazing Spider-Man 2, is there a reason you’ve avoided that route?

Not really. I just think I would love for my career to be a slow burn. I have no desire to blow up and then fizzle out.

It seems the higher an actor’s social profile, the greater the risk. As someone in the public eye do you feel like you’re only ever on ill-judged tweet away from career suicide?

I mean I think about what I tweet and the photos I post, and I understand that what I do gives me a voice and people listen. Sometimes I try to do things for the greater good and others I just mess around and have fun. I don’t think I’ve ever tweeted anything that could potentially ruin my career. I hope not, anyway. But I don’t really feel the need to constantly update everyone, I just do it when I feel like I have something to say.

You’ve got a couple of films coming up with Cara Delevigne, who seems to do pretty well on social media.

Yeah, I haven’t spent much time with her yet but I’ll definitely be looking to get some pointers off her.

We imagine studio execs talk about stuff like social media followers a lot.

Fortunately that’s not really my side of the business, but I’m sure it happens a lot more often than people might think. I would hate to think how many casting sessions have come down to the number of Twitter followers someone has.

How would you react if a studio exec told you to get more social media followers?

That’s the great conundrum of our business. That’s what James Dean struggled with – he was an artist who wanted to work with the best in the industry to become the best in the industry, but at that time you were completely owned by the studio and sadly he never got that opportunity. In a way the system still works like that, it’s just a little different. I still consider myself an artist, I do this because I love acting, I love the work, but movies are big business and you have to acknowledge that. It will always be frustrating being an artist, trying to exist in a corporate world. Which is why I try and balance things between bigger studio movies and smaller independent movies. You know, movies like Life, where I’m gonna be given more freedom to learn and express myself. But I really don’t know what I would do if someone told me I needed more Twitter followers. I don’t even know what one does to get more. I’m just happy doing my thing.


Thanks to Laura from RobertPattinsonWordWide.com for sharing this with me. Head over to RPWW for the LIFE review from the Little White Lies!

Dane DeHaan as James Dean in LIFE (2015)

2015 – MOVIES.IE: LIFE interview with James Dean actor Dane DeHaan

Dane DeHaan admits that the very idea of playing his acting hero, James Dean on screen, was a “terrifying” idea.

Indeed, when DeHaan was first offered the role in Anton Corbijn’s Life – which focuses on Dean’s unlikely friendship with photographer Dennis Stock – he turned it down.

“James Dean is my favourite actor, so the idea of playing him in a film was a pretty terrifying thought. I had a lot of excuses at the time, but looking back on it, I think I was just afraid,” he says.

“I think it was just a fear-based decision to keep saying ‘no’ to the film. But luckily I have a lot of supportive people that I surround myself with, and the more I talked about it, the more I thought about what the film was about, and what the opportunity really was I realised that it was just my own fear that was getting in my way.

“I feel like I’m always telling interviewers that I want to pick the most challenging parts, the hardest parts, the parts I’m really afraid of, but when really the pinnacle of that thought came, I was like, ‘Oh, no thanks!’” he laughs.

“I had to realise that I was just scared and I had to practise what I preached, because that is what I want to do, but obviously I’m a human being, so my own fear gets in my way sometimes.”

DeHaan was at college when he first discovered Dean’s films and he was a huge influence on the young aspiring actor, just as he has been for countless others.

“I think he was one of the first to really act in a realistic way – the way that people act, or try to act, today,” he says. “There’s certainly the part about him that he only made three films, and two of the films are targeted towards a younger audience: East of Eden is for younger people, and Rebel Without a Cause is for younger people, so not only was he acting in a realistic way, but he was very much the voice of that generation.

“He was such an open, emotional, vessel, that people really felt for him and really related to him. And then he died. Rebel Without a Cause and Giant came out after his death, so it just left the world wondering, ‘what could have happened if he was still around?’”


He finally decided to take on the role after talking to colleagues and family who urged him to accept the challenge. “I sat down with the producer, Iain Canning, and he explained to me that to him, it wasn’t a biopic on James Dean, it was about how a normal person can be turned into an icon, which I thought was true and a really interesting topic.

“He also brought up the fact that so many young kids today don’t know who James Dean was, which to me is just a really sad thought, so if this film can inspire younger people to go back and get in touch with those movies, I think that’s a really wonderful and important thing.

“Then it was talking to my manager, and talking to my wife, and them just being like, ‘you like the script, you love the director, it’s a challenging part – these are the things you always say you want to do, so why aren’t you doing it?’”

Corbijn’s film, which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival, focuses on the brief, intense friendship between Dennis Stock (Robert Pattinson) then a struggling photographer trying to build a reputation with the Magnum agency, and the fledgling star wary of the studio controlled publicity machine.

Dean eventually allows him to take revealing, intimate pictures, including shots with Dean’s family on their farm in Indiana, which would launch Stock’s career when they are published inLife Magazine. Those images became some of the most famous photographs of the 20thcentury.

“Everyone knows that photograph of him in Times Square,” says DeHaan. “If they don’t know anything about James Dean, they know that photograph, and those photographs certainly helped him stand the test of time, and continue to represent what he represents to people today.”

After finally agreeing to do the part, DeHaan had four months to prepare. “The decision was like, ‘Okay, if I’m going to do this, I need to make sure I’m prepared and if I’m really going to be James Dean, the thing that I’ll need to do is I’ll need to gain some weight. I’ll need to look like him as much as possible, and I’ll need to sound like him as much as possible, so how long will it take to do that? And how long will it take to feel like I’m fully prepared by the time I show up on set?’

“I had about four months and it was plenty of time. I gained 25 pounds, I worked with a dialect coach, and I worked with a make-up person to help develop the look. It was a pretty full-on process.”

Despite those initial reservations, he’s very glad that he did take on the challenge of portraying James Dean.

“Yeah I did enjoy it,” he says. “I mean, the shoot was hard; It was during the polar vortex in Toronto. There were some days where we were shooting outside where the wind-chill was -35 degrees, so that part of it was tough.

“It’s crazy cold, and obviously it couldn’t look like it was -35 degrees, so we had to act like it wasn’t. It was fun. It was the biggest challenge of my life, absolutely, but also probably ultimately the most rewarding, as an actor. Not always easy, but looking back on it, it was definitely fun.”

DeHaan was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania and studied at the North Carolina School of the Arts. After working on stage and in television, he made his feature film debut in John Sayles’Amigo in 2010. His other films include Chronicle, Lawless, The Place Beyond The Pines, Lincoln, Kill Your Darlings, Life After Beth and The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

Source: Movies.IE

Dane DeHaan 'Life' UK Gala Screening + paparazzi HQs from Berlin, Germany

HQ photos: Dane DeHaan attends ‘Life’ UK Gala Screening with Anton Corbijn (+ new old paparazzi photos from Germany)

Lately we’ve been definitely blessed with new Dane material: videos, photos, interviews, articles. Today was not an exception: Dane attended the ‘Life‘ UK Gala Screening at Soho Hotel on September 23, 2015 in London, England with the director Anton Corbijn. We weren’t expecting him to appear there, but the unexpected is even more exciting. Check out the HQ images in our gallery below:

And another unexpected surprise: old paparazzi HQ shots of Dane from summer: he was captured arriving in Berlin Tegel airport TXL in Berlin, Germany on June 19. This probably happened during A Cure for Wellness shooting. Taking into consideration how rarely we get Dane “out and about” material, these photos are definitely a treat for eyes :)

EDIT: Watch interview with Dane & Anton on red carpet of Life – Gala Screening in UK:

EXCLUSIVE: translated interview of Dane DeHaan for Vanity Fair Italy (2015)

2015 – Vanity Fair (Italy)

Thanks to my friend Stefano we have an exclusive translation on an interview that Dane had with Vanity Fair Italy (+ a small article about James Dean & an interview with italian actress Alessandra Mastronardi). Make sure to check it below, it’s a really nice read: Dane talks about LIFE, James Dean, acting and his relationship with Anna Wood


Since forever, he thinks he’s one of the greatest and in college he watched all his movies. However, Dane DeHaan never imagined he was going to be asked to play the role of James Dean on the big screen. But then he thought about it, did some research about the person he needed to bring back to life and he found out several things. So he accepted to take part to Life.

James Dean did not attend the premiere of East of Eden. They were all waiting for him to appear on the red carpet but he bailed out. This is one of the scenes in Life. It’s not just a biographical movie, considering that it also tells us about Dean through his relationship with photographer Dennis Stock, who wants to create a photo shoot for Life about that young actor destined to become a myth. In the movie, Dane DeHaan plays Dean. He is a teenager, no beard, delicate and frail, and he looks much younger than Dean, although he died at the age of 24 and Dane is 29 at the moment. However there is no lack of determination, and contrary to his colleagues, he’s still humble and can take things ironically. He laughs a lot and not to please someone else. He’s just enjoying it. For example he starts laughing when I ask him if he ever did the same by not showing up on a red carpet or if he ever thought about not doing it.

“At the premiere of Lawless at Cannes Festival, no one invited me because all other actors were more popular than me. However my agent bought me some tickets and I decided I was going to sleep on the producer’s couch. At that point they could only find me a place on the red carpet. So as you can see I don’t bail out, I’m more a barge in kind of guy.”

What was your opinion on James Dean before the movie?

He’s one of my favourite actors since when I watched his movies in college. It’s exciting to see someone acting like he did. Today it’s still what some people are trying to do: to fully immerge yourself into that character physically and emotionally, to do instead of pretending. It’s just that he was the first to do so.

How did you get the role?

They asked me to film a video. But I felt like I couldn’t do it so I said no. They contacted me again: “are you sure?”. I rejected the proposal again. But then the producer explained to me that it was not going to be a biographical movie and that it was about how he went from being an ordinary person to an idol. So I realized that I was afraid: I always wanted difficult roles that could challenge myself and now that the chance has come I tried to escape. After accepting, I had 4 months to prepare myself, and when I got on the set there was no time to be afraid anymore. I did everything I could, and if I had failed I wouldn’t have been able to complain about not trying hard enough.

What did you find out about him?

While doing my research, I realized that the 75% of what people told me was wrong. For example, many of them think that he used to put cigarettes out on his skin. Actually, he used to paint people doing that, but if you look at his shirtless photos, you can’t find any sign on his skin. They invented a myth of a crazy masochist.

The rebel image is actually true or just another false myth?

That picture of James Dean in Times Square under the rain with a cigarette in his mouth became an entire generation’s symbol. Maybe it would have never happened if he hadn’t die before he could actually tell who he was for real and if he actually felt like he was being represented by that image. I’m not saying he’s not a rebel, but he was more than that. To me, Dean was an artist that didn’t accept to compromise. He believed he felt like he needed to screw the world before the world screwed him. He worked hard to get into the Actors Studio. He succeeded. His third lecture was a monologue and Lee Strasberg destroyed him. He never came back: he couldn’t accept the fact that his talent was not being recognized properly.

And what kind of a person are you?

Responsible, very educated. In school, I used to have high grades.

Have you always wanted to be an actor?

Yes, since I was a little kid. At the age of 4 I started attending theatre courses. In high school I used to sleep on the desk to rehearse for the school’s show. I used quickly eat at a fast food and then I was away to meet up with another group of actors. In college I studied acting: at that point I wanted it to become my job.

It’s weird that you did not start working as an actor since you were a kid.

I just wanted to act, but I didn’t care about money. My parents gave me everything, I just had to pay for myself once I finished my studies. But if I could study as an actor without having to take care of the money, I would definitely do it for the rest of my life.

Unlike other actors who went to Los Angeles, you moved to NYC with Anna Wood, who you married later.

We met at the university of North Carolina, she was studying acting as well. Once we were done with the studies, we moved in together. I was lucky: I started to work right away, I was not earning that much, but was enough to pay my rent. I also lived in LA for two years and half and it helped me a lot with my career. But I feel like at home in Brooklyn. I don’t want to talk about work during my free time, it makes me go insane those who talk about what they are doing all the time. And in LA they are all like that.

What do you prefer to do?

I’d prefer to take my dog for a walk, to watch a movie, play golf, which is somehow a way to meditate for me: it frees my mind. Which not many people find exciting. This is who I am. If they say that a show is boring, I will probably love it. I also have an estate property and I enjoy cutting wood. But most of all, I try to spend as much time as I can with my wife.

She’s an actress as well.

It’s nice to come back and have someone who can confront you and who understands what you’re talking about. It’s hard to be an actor. Those who don’t work in this environment don’t understand. And someone would hardly accept that their partner has to work abroad for 2 months straight.

There is a problem when one comes back and the other one has to go. Isn’t it?

It’s hard to make each other’s schedule match sometimes. And because it’s very complicated, we are super happy when we get to spend time together. After all it’s pretty much the same thing that you can see in the movie when James Dean comes back home in Indiana. He knows he won’t get the same chance anytime soon, but he also knows that he has to live far from there to make his dream come true.

You got married in such a young age. May I ask you why?
I fell in love. In high school I was sure that it was never going to happen, I never met any girl who I liked so much to the point of marrying her, I didn’t know if love even existed. But then, 2 years later, I met her and I realized that I wanted to spend the rest of my life with her.

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