Dane DeHaan Discusses Harry Osborn in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2
I was so happy to hear that Chronicle actor Dane DeHaan ended up in the role of Harry Obsborn in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. He's going to be great in it. The actor has a history of playing characters with intense father and son relationships with Chronicle and his upcoming film The Place Beyond the Pines. In a recent interview with Comingsoon he talked about these other characters and how Harry Osborn fits in with them,
First of all, Chronicle was about a kid with an abusive father. Place Beyond the Pines is about a kid who doesn't know who his father is, and they're very different relationships. Obviously with Harry Osborn, the privilege of it is another dynamic. The relationship Harry has with Norman is a different dynamic. Every son has a relationship with their father, whether that father is there or not, and that always has an effect on the person whether they admit it or not. There's a lot of different ways those relationships are complicated.
When asked about the comparison of his character and the one James Franco played in the Sam Raimi films he said, "I dunno, I mean Franco did his thing, I'll do my thing." So he really didn't go into any details, but I'm sure he's going to be fine. DeHaan isn't really a comic book kind of guy, but that isn't going to stop him from doing the job,
I don't think you have to be a fan of something to do the job. I think ultimately it's important that I'm familiar with past takes on the Osborn story, more for like common, know-it-all 'cause it's stuff I should know. My job as an actor is the same job, whether it’s a comic book movie or a gritty Derek Cianfrance drama, or a 'Chronicle,' or a 'Lawless,' which is to take a character and, for lack of better word, to breathe life into it. I'm a fan of acting!
He makes a great point, and at least he isn't trying to fake that he's a comic book fan like we've seen other people do. DeHaan is then asked if he'd be interested in starring in the new Star Wars films, because he kind of had a Mark Hamill look going on, and this is what he said,
My dad would really like that! My dad's a really big 'Star Wars' fan. I've never really been a 'Star Wars' fan, though. I dunno why, maybe it's 'cause my dad liked it so much. (laughs) I have no idea why, it's just never really been my thing. I've always gravitated towards comic book movies. I don't read comic books, but I love the last Batman franchise, Sam Raimi's second 'Spider-Man' was pretty sick. The first 'Iron Man' was really great, I couldn't wait for 'Captain America' to come out. Those are my guilty pleasures for sure.
DeHaan is proving to be a great young actor, and I think whatever he ends up doing is going to be good. I'm excited to see what Marc Webb has planned for Osborn in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. It's set to hit theaters on May 2nd, 2014.