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[Movies] Dane DeHaan Talks The Place Beyond the Pines and Amazing Spider-Man 2
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 03.29.2013

Dane DeHaan recently spoke about playing Jason in The Place Beyond the Pines as well as Harry Osborn in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Check out the highlights:

On how much of Jason's dad (played by Ryan Gosling) is in the character: "I have no idea. I guess that's the question the movie asks. All I really focused on, obviously, was what he wants and his quest to find that. I think deep down inside of him he feels that there is a part of him that's missing. I think he really wants to find out the answers about his father. Maybe that is because he's a lot like his dad and he can just feel that spirit living inside of him -- maybe not. I feel like those are the questions that the movie asks and that are for the audience to decide."

On what he thinks of Jason's mother (played by Eva Mendes and the secrets she held from him: "Yeah, I think that fuels his passion to know because it's so obviously being held from him. I think it also allows him to fantasize about who his father is. If you're withholding the information from me, then it must be something truly mind-blowing, if it's such a big deal. That fuels his passion to want answers, the fact that they're being held from him."

On the bond between Jason and his father: "Jason is a kid that puts up a wall of protection, and he likes to be left alone. He's kind of a loner. For whatever reason, AJ just knows how to push all the right buttons and break down that wall and get in there. I think ultimately that feels good for Jason. I think that, even though he thinks he wants to be alone, he doesn't actually want to be alone. It's just his own way of protecting himself and hiding behind something so he doesn't have to show what's actually going on inside of him. When someone's actually there to break down that wall, it's kind of a liberating feeling."

On whether he was looking for a big franchise role when he signed onto Spider-Man: "No, those are by no means the reasons why I'm doing it. I'm interested in it because I love superhero movies. The part is extremely complex and complicated. The people involved are people I really want to work with. It's just another really great challenge. And I get to make a movie on a scale that I've never really made before and experience what that's like. What I love to do is act, and what I've really gotten into lately is making movies. I just was to continue to do that and continue to grow. If those movies happen to have a huge built-in fanbase, that's a great bonus I suppose."

On whether his work with Chronicles gave him the edge in landing the role: "I'm not sure. I think that having to believe fantastical circumstances is exactly the same as having to believe any sort of imaginary circumstance. It's just a different set of circumstances. No matter what it is, it's not actually reality and you actually have to fool yourself into believing that it's actually happening. It's just a different set of circumstances that you're forced to believe."


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