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Dane Dehaan Talks Inspirations, His Career, The Making of ‘Lawless’ And More!

Dane Dehaan Talks Inspirations, His Career, The Making of ‘Lawless’ And More!

Dane Dehaan has spent the first four years of his professional career making an unbelievable impact with film fans and critics alike. Most recognizable from his emotionally charged role in 2012′s ‘Chronicle’, his hard work and dedication to his craft recently landed him the coveted role of Harry Osborn in ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2′. His most recent project pairs him with some of young Hollywood’s most prestigious names. ‘Lawless’ features an all-star cast which features Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke, Guy Pearce, Gary Oldman and Mia Wasikowska and was adapted from the 2008 novel “The Wettest County in the World” by Matt Bondurant.  ‘Lawless’ is the true story of the infamous Bondurant Brothers: bootlegging siblings who made a run for the American Dream in Prohibition-era Virginia. In this epic gangster tale, inspired by true-life tales of author Matt Bondurant’s family in his novel “The Wettest County in the World,” the loyalty of three brothers is put to the test against the backdrop of the nation’s most notorious crime wave.  Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently sat down with Dane Dehaan to discuss his journey and evolution as a young actor, the challenges involved with bring ‘Lawless’ from script to screen and much more! 

Dane Dehaan

You are becoming quite a familiar face on the silver screen. How did you get started on this journey into the entertainment industry?

Acting is the one thing I have always been passionate about in my life. Looking back, I can’t think of a time when I didn’t love acting. When I was a three years old, I loved to play pretend and then it came to a point of me wanting to do community theater around my town in Pennsylvania. That turned into me wanting to do all of the school plays and eventually led me to acting school. After acting school, I jumped right in and started working. I have been really lucky in having something I am truly passionate about throughout my entire life and now I get to do it for a living!

Who would you cite as some of your biggest influences as an actor, be it a mentor or other actors?

I went to college at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Two of my most influential teachers there were the dean at the time, Gerald Freedman, and a Mask teacher there named Robert Francesconi. They are the biggest influences, hands down, on me and the way I work, anytime I am creating a character. As far as actors, the first actor saw that truly excited me was Philip Seymour Hoffman. I remember seeing him hop out of that red convertible in ‘The Talented Mr. Ripley’ and thinking “Who is that guy?!” [laughs] I became kind of a Phil Hoffman junkie when I was in high school. I have probably seen “Love Liza” more than any other youth in America! [laughs] My other two favorite actors are Al Pacino and James Dean. James Dean because I think he was amazing and I can’t even begin to imagine the work he would have gone on to do had he lived longer. I absolutely love the three movies he had done. Pacino I enjoy for many of the same reasons as Hoffman. He continues, day in and day out, to look for projects that challenge him and focus on the work and the craft of acting. That is what I love and that is so important to me. When I see actors out there who really keep that alive, it really turns me on to the whole thing.

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Your latest film is ‘Lawless’. What was it about this script or character that attracted you to the project?

It was a no-brainer to me to try and get involved in the project because I came in a little late in the game and by then the script was already amazing and it already had a cast of the most unbelievable young actors I had ever seen between Shia [Labouf], Tom [Hardy], Mia [Wasikowska] and Jessica [Chastain]. I also got to play a really interesting and complex character that was unlike anything I had done before, so it really was a no-brainer!

What type of research did you do for this role and do you have a typical process when it comes to bringing a character to life?

I have things that I always do. I always break down the script and have certain work I do on the character, just my normal actor work. I do also look at ever role I get as an individual person and I have to find my way into that person. For Cricket, I knew he had rickets, so it was a lot about finding the best way to have the physicality of the character but still make it believable and consistent. I started by looking at pictures of people with rickets and then talked to a few doctors about the condition. I didn’t want him to be this stereotype. I think it would have been easy for him to be the giddy, limping sidekick. I didn’t want to call to much attention to his rickets but in doing that, I felt I had to put an incredible amount of work into still making it accurate. I looked at a lot of pictures and I decided what I wanted my legs to look like. I worked very closely with the costume department to develop shoes that were essential on angles and kept the illusion of my feet being flat on the floor but kept my legs bent at a consistent angle throughout the movie. That was one specific thing that I did for the character of Cricket.

There is such a wealth of young talent in the film, as you mentioned. What did you learn from your time on set with these other very talented people?

I learn something from absolutely everybody. Whether it is someone like Gary Oldman, who is basically a living legend, or Shia, who has extreme success early on in his career or Mia, who is up and coming and someone who has had a career path very similar to mine. I came in and it was my first big movie. I will always look at different actors and figure out what it is they do better than me and how they do it, because that is what I can learn from.

We had the pleasure of speaking with director John Hillcoat. In your opinion, what did he bring to the table for a project like ‘Lawless’ and what was your experience working with him?

[John] Hillcoat is such a gentle soul. He is just as gentle as his movies are violent! [laughs] Which is something I didn’t expect! He is so open and a collaborator but he also has a clear vision. One amazing thing he did was give us two weeks of rehearsal time where we were sitting around the table with him and Nick Cave. We were just going through the script, scene by scene and line by line, discussing it all. We would discuss if it would make sense on the day we were going to do it and ended up making changes the script but ended up keeping, obviously, most of it. It gave us all a clear understanding of what he wanted to achieve in the scene, so when we were doing 30 setups a day on set, we could still move at a very efficient pace but feel like we were accomplishing the job we set out to accomplish. That is a really comforting feeling — being on the same page with the director.

Do you have any aspirations to one day explore work behind the camera?

I don’t know. I wouldn’t rule it out but right now, I am just having so much fun acting.

In all seriousness, you are doing a terrific job!

Oh! Thanks so much! I really appreciate that!

Dane Dehaan

Looking back at you time with ‘Lawless’. What do you feel was the biggest challenge it presented to you as an actor?

That is a tough one. I try to take it day by day and scene by scene when I am on set. If I had to pick the hardest day on set, I know what that was. It was the scene where Shia and I run out of gas in the car. That scene just wasn’t coming to life when we were filming it, whether it was because we were tired or something else, I don’t know. On that particular day, we were having trouble with that particular scene. We were going by the script and had the camera on dollies. We were getting frustrated that we couldn’t do it and frustrated with each other. A couple hours later, we had ended up going handheld and going completely off script and ended up coming out with something I thought was a really great scene. However, it certainly didn’t come easily! That is one we really had to fight for.

Your work has been very diverse. Do you ever take a moment to reflect on how you have evolved as an actor since starting out?

I haven’t given it much thought but I would like to believe that I keep digging deeper and that my work keeps getting more thorough. I think I have been afforded such amazing opportunities and have been around such amazing people that I have soaked up a whole lot of lessons over the past four years I have been a professional actor. My passion for the work and to continue to grow as an artist has never faltered. I just keep moving along and trying to do it better and better each time.

Is there a particular type of role or a genre that you are excited to explore as an actor in the short term?

Honestly, no. I look at every opportunity that come to me as it’s own thing. I have enjoyed every kind of movie and genre. It is really all about continuing to challenge myself and whether I think a script that is presented to me is something that could turn out to be great and if I can contribute to making it a great experience while making the film and an end product that people really enjoy. I love things to be hard and I get really frustrated if things are too simple. I am always looking for something to challenge me. If I read something and I say “I have no idea how I would every possibly do that!” that is probably the role I am going to do!

You have had a great 2012 and as it winds down, I was curious for what you are most thankful this holiday season?

I got married this past year, ya know? I am going to go with the fact I am most thankful for my marriage!

Good answer, my friend! That will keep you out of hot water! Congratulations on your marriage and your great work. All the best to you in the coming year!

Thank you, man! Happy Holidays!

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Director John Hillcoat Discusses Bringing ‘Lawless’ From Script To Screen

Director John Hillcoat Discusses Bringing ‘Lawless’ From Script To Screen

Director John Hillcoat made a strong impression with film fans with “The Proposition” and “The Road”. His latest film is no less captivating. ‘Lawless’ marks the director’s third collaboration with Nick Cave, which has been adapted from the 2008 novel “The Wettest County in the World” by Matt Bondurant.  ‘Lawless’ is the true story of the infamous Bondurant Brothers: bootlegging siblings who made a run for the American Dream in Prohibition-era Virginia. In this epic gangster tale, inspired by true-life tales of author Matt Bondurant’s family in his novel “The Wettest County in the World,” the loyalty of three brothers is put to the test against the backdrop of the nation’s most notorious crime wave. The film features an all-star cast which features Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke, Guy Pearce, Gary Oldman, Mia Wasikowska and Dane DeHaan. Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently sat down with director John Hillcoat to discuss his journey and evolution as a filmmaker, the challenges involved with bring ‘Lawless’ from script to screen and much more! 

John Hillcoat

I wanted to give our readers a little background on you. What originally intrigued you about the world of filmmaking and made you pursue it as a career?

How did this all begin? I had the great fortune of seeing loads of films in the ‘70s in America and Canada when I was growing up. These worlds, to be honest, were always too big and I was always in awe of the cinema of the experience. I never dreamed I would end up doing what I am doing. I was involved in fine arts and even a bit of animation way back when. I then decided to go to film school. The pictures and drawings started to be replaced by live action and people. I guess I just found fine arts and animation to be too isolating. I went to film school in Melbourne. It was a place that you had to do a little bit of everything because there were very few resources. I was very fortunate to have a gifted lecturer expose me to even more films from all around the world, different times, places and cultures. I probably learned more from that than anything. From there, I got involved with music videos which eventually led to me making my first film!

Who are your biggest professional influences who inspired you along the way?

There are so many! Peter Weir was someone who gave me great advice along the way. That was wonderful. His early films in Australia were a great inspiration. My friendship with Nick Cave and the collaborations with music and film have been terrific. Nick shares a love of film and watches more movies than anyone else I have ever come across and now it is TV! He watches TV because there are so many wonderful things coming out from the cable networks. I was inspired from a distance by American filmmakers such as Robert Altman, Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola — the people who rewrote cinema in the 1970s. I have quite a wide range of interests. I love documentaries because I love research, so that is another huge aspect to everything I do. Really, writers and musicians are those that I have had the longest relationships with. The filmmakers in America were very inspirational when I made my first movie, “The Road.” People like David Fincher, Paul W.S. Anderson, Steven Soderbergh and etcetera. They were very inspiring and helpful when it came to advice and feedback.

Your latest project is “Lawless.” What attracted you to this project?

I love the genres of gangster films and westerns. “Lawless” was really a combination of both, where the west ends and the era of the gangster begins. Really, it came from the book, which was steeped in research, which I loved. Then I took the book to Nick Cave and it sort of took off from there. I had been looking for a gangster film for a long time but what was most refreshing about it was that it broke a lot of the rules. It was set in the countryside and tells the story where the police are the gangsters in terms of the corruption at that time and there are a lot of reversals of the traditional gangster film model.

What was the biggest challenge for you on this particular project?

It started as a studio film and when we hit the budget crisis, the budget for the film dropped dramatically from in the 30s to all the way down to 21 million, yet the script did not change. If anything, it got bigger! Really, it was a logistical challenge. I never had less time to prep and shoot a film.

How did you prepare yourself to tackle this film stylistically? How challenging is it to shoot a period piece in an ever-evolving modern world?

That is absolutely a challenge! We were fortunate to find so many vintage car collectors in Georgia. We also had weather challenges. We needed to find the areas of America that had the right ingredients. We ended up building the set on location. The landscape was the most critical element. The problem with going forth in American film is you have to go where the rebates are but, even so, we went up to the Carolinas to scout. There were so many mobile homes and modern things in sight, that it took us to Georgia where there were remote towns and locations where you wouldn’t see parts of the modern world.

There is no shortage of talent in this film. What can you tell us about the cast and what they brought to the table to bring the whole thing to life?

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That is a big question! I was totally thrilled with the cast that we got and each of them brought something very special. With Mia [Wasikowska], in addition to being a great actress has a wonderful face of that time and world of a secluded religious community of the South — there is a real innocence there. Shia LaBeouf was the first one aboard. He was so brimming and enthusiastic. Much like the character, he wanted everything at once and couldn’t sit still! There was that quality in the character of Jack that I think translated really well. Jessica [Chastain] and Tom [Hardy] have this beautiful complicated relationship, like they are two damaged souls coming together. They are so brilliant at exploring their vulnerable sides. Jason Clarke has a real physicality to everything he does, whereas Tom had a very distilled manner. There were points where he wouldn’t say and do anything for so long. We all looked at each other and realized that he brought this incredible distillation into the process. He also brought the idea of the matriarch and ran with in an audacious way. It was brilliant, the idea of this mother hen protecting the coop. Dane Dehaan had such a superb, youthful innocence and vulnerability that was quite heartbreaking. Gary [Oldman] and Guy [Pearce] had the courage to really let loose with this and do things they had never done before. Guy works from the outside in, so the outrageous choices of dress and hair started to come forward from Guy very early on. Of course, Gary is the ultimate chameleon. Together, they personified the outrageousness of Chicago in that era, the larger than life Jimmy Cagney types. We had a terrific cast and I could go on and on. All of these people were quite impressive. They are from all around the world and came together to form a very close-knit, small community for the film. That was quite an impressive feat.

You have quite a few projects under your belt at this point. How do you feel you evolved as a director through the years?

John Hillcoat

Wow! That is a tough one. I would certainly like to work more frequently. That is something I am working on. In the future, I hope the gaps will be not as long between projects. That is one great evolution! I have grown up loving the great genres of American cinema. Now that I am living in America, I would love to do something contemporary. I have learned a lot about working with actors. They inhabit the characters and can teach you more about them than anyone because they personify those characters. I have also learned a lot about action, which is a whole different skill set to direct. You are always picking stuff up. I have become attracted to these ambitious, extreme other worlds where the stakes are quite high. I would love to do a sci-fi film. I want to keep going in a direction where you can do a genre film but try to find something fresh about them and have characters that are fresh in them. That is an increasing challenge!

Thank you very much for your time today, sir! We will spread the word and look forward to everything you bring to the screen in the future!

Thank you, Jason!

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Marilyn Manson Debuts New Track In Shia LaBeouf Directed ‘Born Villain’

Marilyn Manson Debuts New Track In Shia LaBeouf Directed ‘Born Villain’

Marilyn Manson has debuted a new track in a short film directed by Shia LaBeouf. The track, entitled ‘Born Villian, is taken from the singer’s as-yet-untitled new album.

Shia LeBeouf told MTV: “Marilyn Manson to me is an indelible figure. He’s a big deal to me, and in my childhood, I don’t know of a scarier figure in art. He, in my teenage years, was the scariest thing in the world, so part of me has always been intrigued.”

He added: ”This, for me, this is a really cool diversion for me when I’m not making a movie. It gives me an opportunity to work with musicians I admire who I would otherwise never get to work with in any other capacity. I really have a fun time doing it. It allows me to be creative in another art form and work with heroes.”

Blabbermouth.net reports: To celebrate the LaBeouf-directed video, LaBeouf and Manson will make a joint appearance at a one-time-only book signing and screening Thursday, September 1 at Hennessey + Ingalls bookstore in Los Angeles from 8 to 10 p.m. The 18-and-up event is private and limited to 150 attendees on a first-come, first-served basis. In order to receive tickets, those who wish to attend must purchase the limited-edition “Born Villain” photo book at the Hennessey + Ingalls web site, which also comes with a copy of the short film.

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Explosive New Trailer For ‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’ Unleashed!

Explosive New Trailer For ‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’ Unleashed!

The new trailer for Michael Bay’s ‘Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon’ has made it’s explosive debut on Apple.com. One of the most anticipated films of Summer 2011, opens in 3D, 2D and IMAX theaters on July 1st. The cast for this flick includes Shia LaBeouf, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, Kevin Dunn, Julie White, Frances McDormand, John Malkovich, Ken Jeong, Patrick Dempsey, Alan Tudyk, John Turturro and Leonard Nimoy. Check out the trailer check out the trailer at this location and weigh in with your thoughts!

Synopsis: Shia LaBeouf returns as Sam Witwicky in ‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’. When a mysterious event from Earth’s past erupts into the present day it threatens to bring a war to Earth so big that the Transformers alone will not be able to save us.

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‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’ – New Looks At Optimus Prime & Sentinel Prime

‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’ – New Looks At Optimus Prime & Sentinel Prime

Fans of the ‘Transformers’ franchise have something to be excited about today as two new images from the highly anticipated flick ‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’ have been unleashed on the web. The images give us a new look at Optimus Prime (on the banner above) and Sentinel Prime (below). Sentinel Prime will be voiced by the legendary Leonard Nimoy.

The film stars stars Shia LaBeouf, Josh Duhamel, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, John Malkovich, Patrick Dempsey, Ken Jeong, John Turturro, Frances McDormand, Peter Cullen and Tyrese Gibson.

Transformers: Dark of the Moon is currently slated to explode into theaters on July 1, 2011.

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Teaser Trailer For Michael Bay’s ‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’ Unleashed!

Teaser Trailer For Michael Bay’s ‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’ Unleashed!

Paramount Pictures has released the first teaser trailer for Michael Bay’s Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Check it out below or watch it in HD on Apple.com.

The film stars stars Shia LaBeouf, Josh Duhamel, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, John Malkovich, Patrick Dempsey, Ken Jeong, John Turturro, Frances McDormand, Peter Cullen and Tyrese Gibson.

Transformers: Dark of the Moon is currently slated to explode into theaters on July 1, 2011.

he film, directed by Michael Bay brings Shia LaBeouf, the Autobots and Decepticons back to the big screen along with Josh Duhamel, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, John Malkovich, Patrick Dempsey, Ken Jeong, John Turturro, Frances McDormand, Peter Cullen and Tyrese Gibson.

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Rosie Huntington-Whiteley Confirmed As Megan Fox’s Replacement In ‘Transformers 3′

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley Confirmed As Megan Fox’s Replacement In ‘Transformers 3′

It’s official, Victoria’s Secret model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley has landed the lead female role in “Transformers 3″ as Megan Fox’s replacement.

The news come via Michael Bay’s blog which has been updated with an official confirmation. The blogpost can be seen at this location >

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley has worked with Michael Bay before in his Victoria’s Secret “A Thousand Fantasies” ad. You can view it here and here.

Paramount Pictures decided not to pick up Megan Fox’s option to appear in Transformers 3, a decision that the studio says was “ultimately” up to director Michael Bay. Variety says the decision “was unrelated to a September interview with a British magazine in which Fox compared Bay with Adolf Hitler.”

The third installment is scheduled to hit theaters on July 1, 2011.

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Chevrolet Announces Special Edition ‘Transformers’ Camaro

Chevrolet Announces Special Edition ‘Transformers’ Camaro

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Fans of the new Camaro and the blockbuster TRANSFORMERS movies can now combine their love of the car and the films with the Chevrolet Camaro TRANSFORMERS Special Edition announced today at Comic-Con in San Diego.

“When the first TRANSFORMERS movie was setting box office records, we had countless customers asking to purchase the ‘BUMBLEBEE’ Camaro,” said Karen Rafferty, product marketing director, Chevrolet. “Now, they can buy one with the new Camaro TRANSFORMERS Special Edition. Streets all over North America will be buzzing in no time.”

Features such as an EPA-rated 29 highway mpg on the V6-powered Camaro, Bluetooth phone connectivity, USB connectivity, XM Satellite Radio and OnStar combined with TRANSFORMERS

“Hasbro is thrilled to team up with Chevrolet and excited to see the Camaro TRANSFORMERS Special Edition come to market for our fans to enjoy,” said Samantha Lomow, Global Brand Leader for TRANSFORMERS at Hasbro. “The yellow Camaro with the black stripes has become so iconic and closely associated with the BUMBLEBEE character that this edition was a natural fit for both companies.”

While the aggressive styling of the Camaro is unmistakable, true TRANSFORMERS fans will notice some of the unique, but subtle features of the Camaro TRANSFORMERS Special Edition.

The 2010 Chevrolet Camaro TRANSFORMERS Special Edition includes the following:

* AUTOBOT® shield on the driver and passenger side panels
* AUTOBOT® shield on each of the four wheel’s center cap
* AUTOBOT® shield embroidered on interior center console
* “TRANSFORMERS” logo on driver and passenger doors’ sill plates
* “TRANSFORMERS” logo embedded into the hood rally stripes
* High-gloss black center rally stripe package
* Manufacturer’s suggested retail price of package: $995



Dealers are now taking orders for this car. Customers can order the TRANSFORMERS Special Edition as either a Rally Yellow LT or SS model. The optional RS appearance package can also be added.

The V6-powered Camaro uses a 3.6L engine with variable valve timing to optimize performance and fuel economy. It is SAE-certified at 304 horsepower (227 kW) and 273 lb.-ft. of torque (370 Nm). A six-speed manual transmission is standard with the 3.6L engine; a Hydra-Matic 6L50 electronically controlled six-speed automatic, with TAPshift control, is available.

The high-performance Camaro SS is equipped with a powerful 6.2L V-8, with a choice of a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. Manual transmission-equipped models receive the LS3 engine, SAE-certified at 426 horsepower (318 kW) and 420 lb.-ft. of torque (569 Nm). It is paired with a TR6060 six-speed transmission.

A new, L99 V-8 engine is used on automatic transmission-equipped SS models. It is based on the LS3, but also includes GM;rsquo;s fuel-saving Active Fuel Management feature. It is SAE-certified at 400 horsepower (298 kW) and 410 lb.-ft. of torque (556 Nm). It is matched with a Hydra-Matic 6L80 six-speed transmission that helps delivers an EPA-estimated 25 mpg on the highway.

About Chevrolet
Chevrolet is one of America’s best-known and best-selling automotive brands, and one of the fastest growing brands in the world. With fuel solutions that go from “gas-friendly to gas-free,” Chevy has nine models that get 30 miles per gallon or more on the highway, and offers three hybrid models. More than 2.5 million Chevrolets that run on E85 biofuel have been sold. Next year, Chevrolet will offer the Chevy Volt, an extended range electric vehicle that will travel up to 40 miles without using any gas at all. Chevy delivers expressive design, spirited performance and provides the best value in every segment in which it competes. More information on Chevrolet can be found at www.chevrolet.com.

About HASBRO
Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE:HAS) is a worldwide leader in children;rsquo;s and family leisure time products and services with a rich portfolio of brands and entertainment properties that provides some of the highest quality and most recognizable play and recreational experiences in the world. As a brand-driven, consumer-focused global company, Hasbro brings to market a range of toys, games and licensed products, from traditional to high-tech and digital, under such powerful brand names as TRANSFORMERS, PLAYSKOOL, TONKA, MILTON BRADLEY, PARKER BROTHERS, CRANIUM and WIZARDS OF THE COAST. Come see how we inspire play through our brands at www.hasbro.com. © 2009 Hasbro, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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