January 10th, 2014 / 8 Comments


February is just a month away.  DigitalSpy spoke to Dane about “Life” amongst other things.  Here’s the extract we’re interested in:

And you’ve signed on to play James Dean in Anton Corbijn’s Life
“Yes, I did. I start filming that in February, and I’ve just been working really hard on it. It’s quite an undertaking, but I’m very excited.”

When we spoke to you for Kill Your Darlings you mentioned how comparatively little is known about Lucien Carr, whereas there’s so much information out there about James Dean. What’s your research process been like?
“Yeah, there’s a wealth of information on James Dean, and everybody has an opinion on him. James Dean made some kind of impression on everybody.

“Whenever I bring up the film with people, they always have something very specific to say about him, whether it’s something that’s true or something that’s been created, because of his whole myth and how iconic he’s become. He’s a person that has made such a big impact in so many people’s lives, and he’s also my favourite actor.

“So there’s definitely a responsibility to honour him, and honour who he really was, and try to dig the truth out of all the stories that have been told about him and all the stories that have been made up. What’s true, and what’s not. I think for every fact you can find about James Dean, you can find a fact that’s the complete opposite.

“Everybody has a different story, and ultimately it’s been a really interesting process of digging through everything and trying to figure out who he really is.”

The film focuses on James Dean’s friendship with photojournalist Dennis Stock. Is there a sense in the script that Stock is trying to get to the truth about Dean in the same way you describe?
“Well, Stock’s photo essay was done before East of Eden came out, so James Dean wasn’t famous at all, nobody really knew who he was. In the industry there was some buzz that there was this guy, and he’s in this movie that Elia Kazan directed and he’s supposed to be really good, and they started to show some screenings of it and it started to gain buzz.

“But James Dean really didn’t become the icon that he is until after he died, so I think, sure, as a photographer he was probably trying to capture James Dean as a person, but there wasn’t this whole mythical iconic persona to compete against.”

I can’t wait for this film.
  • Michelle
    Posted on January 10, 2014

    Such a great read. I am sooooooooooooooo excited for this film, absolutely CANNOT WAIT. Rob & Dane together are going to be something really special. Thanks for posting Maria – roll on February 😀

  • Sue
    Posted on January 10, 2014


  • Carmel
    Posted on January 10, 2014

    I am almost scared about how excited I am about this film.

  • Maria
    Posted on January 10, 2014

    @Carmel we will have to see this together – there’s a new bar opposite the Ritz too haha!

  • Roberta
    Posted on January 11, 2014

    Oh my gosh! I cannot wait for this toi be filming… Thx Maria!

  • Trish
    Posted on January 11, 2014

    Wow, Maria. They haven’t even started filming and already you’re thinking about having celebratory drinks? *tsk tsk* any excuse for a piss-up, eh? How Aussie of you! Come to think of it, I still have half a bottle of champagne in the fridge from New Year’s eve – this wonderful news is a good excuse to finish it. Like Carmel, this film is seriously, seriously giving me goosebumps – the subject matter is so exciting, I can barely contain myself!

  • Jules
    Posted on January 11, 2014

    Oh wonderful read, really loving Dane the more I see and read of him. Thanks so much….really can’t wait to see more of this. It’s going to be really special that’s for sure. *happy sigh*

  • Carmel
    Posted on January 12, 2014

    @Maria – It’s a date!

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