Dane DeHaan: “LIFE” Was Made Because Of Robert Pattinson

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Dane DeHaan Life Robert Pattinson Interview

By Shari Weiss

Dane DeHaan Life Robert Pattinson Interview

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Dane DeHaan gives Robert Pattinson the credit for their new movie Life.

As Gossip Cop has reported, the film tells the real-life story of James Dean (DeHaan) and photographer Dennis Stock (Pattinson), who grew close during an assignment that took them across the country. Stock took some of the most iconic photos of Dean during his fatally short career, some of which appeared in Life magazine. While the movie had its premiere at the Berlin Film Festival in February and then opened in several European countries in September, it’s just now hitting theaters and video-on-demand in the United States.

In a new interview reflecting on the project, DeHaan is asked what it was like working with Pattinson. He candidly admits to The Wrap, “I probably wouldn’t have had the opportunity to make this film if Rob didn’t want to do it as well.” DeHaan further says of his co-star, “He chooses to challenge himself and works with great filmmakers.”

And while DeHaan describes the process of working with Pattinson as “good,” he also confesses that he wasn’t keen on being in the film at first. “They reached out to me and I actually kept saying I didn’t want to do it because James Dean has always been one of my favorite actors, and I hold him in such high regard, it was almost like holy material for me,” he explains. “In a way, I had too much of a personal relationship with him. I have had a poster of James Dean on my wall since I was in college.”

DeHaan continues, “It seemed like a really daunting task, but then I started to realize that I was operating out of fear and that I always do these interviews and say, ‘I want to do the roles that are most challenging or scare me the most.’ When that opportunity actually came along, I was running away from it.”

DeHaan ultimately stopped running and the rest, as they say, is history. He and Pattinson are pictured above at the premiere earlier this year. TELL US: Are you seeing Life this weekend?

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