Great read! @danedehaan talks about LIFE and James Dean: "He's my favorite actor."
Excerpt via Refinery29 http://m.refinery29.com/2013/09/54103/dane-dehaan-metallica-through-the-never?
But, it’s when we mentioned his just-announced role as James Dean in the forthcoming film Life, that the actor's eyes really lit up.
We heard you were just cast as James Dean. Is that intimidating?
"Yeah. He's my favorite actor."
That must be a complete mind warp to be playing your favorite actor.
"Yeah, it's really crazy and I have a lot of respect for him, so I will treat it with that much respect. I'm always looking for projects that scare me, that seem kind of impossible, and that will stretch me as an actor. That script is so good, and Anton [Corbijn] is an awesome director, so it's a really intimidating job, but one I'm excited to have."
Do you plan on studying his films on a deeper level now?
"Well, I think one of the things that's great about the film is that it's not about the icon James Dean, who you see in the films. This is a James Dean that — I mean, it's right before East of Eden came out — and he doesn't really know what's going to happen. I think what's really beautiful about the movie is that it gives me the opportunity to find out who James Dean the person was, not James Dean the icon. When you really start reading about him, he wasn't that brooding, uber-serious kind of guy that he was in his films. He was actually a really fun-loving, free-spirited kind of guy. I think the script does a really good job of showing how a normal person can be made into an icon."