Dane DeHaan on “Lawless,” “Kill Your Darlings” and those “Spider-Man 2” Harry Osborn rumors

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Dane DeHaan developed a taste for moonshine working on “Lawless” (out this week on DVD) — “straight, plum, strawberry, pineapple, blueberry, apple, and peach” were among the flavors he tried, all for work you understand! (“I would not have been doing a good job if I didn’t sample the local product,” he laughed when talking to IFC.) But that wasn’t the only thing Dehaan acquired from the set of his first big film.

“I’m a firm believer that you can learn something from everybody, and there were eight of the heaviest hitters on that film, so I soaked it all up, from every single person,” DeHaan said. “I look at people and I think, ‘What does he or she do better than me? How do they do that? How can I adapt that?'”

Guy Pearce, for instance, taught DeHaan “the importance of not only internal life, but external life” by showing up on the set with shaved-off eyebrows and a shaved quarter-inch part in his hair. “I mean, he was the dude,” DeHaan said. “He showed me how you can take the effort to form the person on the outside, which was a revelation to me, because I tended to work first on the internal, and the external would come later.” (For his own role, DeHaan took this lesson to heart in developing special angled shoes and his walk, since his character Cricket had rickets.)

Shia LaBeouf, on the other hand, taught DeHaan the value of developing relationships off set, after the two of them took a four-day road trip together so they could play best friends. That lesson is one DeHaan has already applied to two of his subsequent films, “Kill Your Darlings” and “The Place Beyond the Pines.”

In the Beat poets-murder story “Kill Your Darlings,” DeHaan plays Lucien Carr, who helped introduce Jack Kerouac (played by “Boardwalk Empire”‘s Jack Huston), Allen Ginsberg (played by Daniel Radcliffe), and William S. Burroughs (played by Ben Foster). And because he learned how valuable it was to have an off-set friendship to simulate an on-screen one, “I spent a lot of time with Dan,” DeHaan said. However, he didn’t spend quite as much time with co-star Michael C. Hall, who plays David Kammerer, a man Carr killed after spurning his romantic advances.

“Not only were Allen Ginsberg and Lucien Carr involved, but I think David Kammerer and Lucien Carr were also involved,” DeHaan said. “So I have a responsibility to develop that relationship, at least internally, so my character can really fall in love with them.”

Unlike the other main characters, DeHaan had less written material to study about Carr. “He tried really hard not to leave many accounts of himself out there,” the actor said. “The first edition of ‘Howl’ was dedicated to Lucie Carr, and he had his named removed from subsequent editions.” But DeHaan was able to find some handy material in “And The Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks,” which is an account of the murder co-authored by Kerouac and Burroughs not published until after Carr’s death. “Plus there are diaries and letters of Kerouac talking about Carr, Ginsberg talking about Carr, and you can get a sense of who he was,” DeHaan said.

In the Ryan Gosling-Bradley Cooper crime drama “The Place Beyond the Pines,” DeHaan decided his primary relationship he needed to develop was one with an inanimate object — his bike. “Shia taught me about the importance of creating relationships,” DeHaan said, “but I knew after reading the script that the important thing in that movie for me would be the bike. The bike came up all the time. I think my character [Jason] is genetically predisposed to love bikes.”

Taking a page from Cricket’s mechanical abilities (he’s a “genius” who is constantly rebuilding cars to make them go faster and outrun cops in “Lawless”), DeHaan decided his way in to Jason would be to build his character’s BMX bike, “so it would look like part of me.” This was not a hobby of his before this role, so he found some help at the L.A. bike shop Bicycle Kitchen. “They have a bunch of old beat up bikes, and it’s essentially a volunteer community service,” he said. “So I not only got to learn how to build a bike and take care of a bike, but I spent a lot of time around kids who are a lot like Jason, which was really informative for me.”

Now that DeHaan has several big films under his belt since “Lawless” (including a star turn in “Chronicle” — which might garner a sequel yet — and a cameo in “Lincoln”), the 26-year-old actor is hoping for a shot at an even bigger one: “Spider-Man 2.” He’s up for the role of Peter Parker’s best friend Harry Osborn, but he doesn’t want to jinx it by talking about screen tests or auditions. “I love what Marc Webb did with the first one, with the emphasis of the human aspects of it without calling attention to it. And I think Andrew Garfield is an amazing person and a talented artist. So if that opportunity were to come along, and obviously it has not yet, I would love to be in that.”

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Documentary Now! Robert Evans Mansion

The Reel Deal

Everything You Need To Know About “Mr. Runner Up” Inspiration Robert Evans

Watch the two-part finale of Documentary Now! this Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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In its upcoming two-part finale, Documentary Now! spoofs the crown jewel of docs: The Kid Stays In The Picture. It’s the autobiographical documentary about Robert Evans, the unlikely Hollywood mogul whose mix of self-aggrandizing bravado, classic good looks and extremely circumstantial good luck took him from being a salesman to an actor to the head of Paramount Pictures.

If you’ve never seen the film, it’s totally worth it. Rotten Tomatoes agrees, with a staggeringly-high approval rating. Watch it before, or watch it after — doesn’t matter. You’ll appreciate it whenever.

In the meantime, here’s a bit of background that will come in handy…

Robert Loves Robert

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Robert Evans is the ultimate Robert Evans fan. The movie was narrated by Robert Evans and based on his memoir of the same name. It is totally unbiased.

He’s Kind Of A Big Deal

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Paramount Pictures

Evans produced some of Hollywood’s true classics: Chinatown, Rosemary’s Baby, The Godfather, Love Story…the list goes on. Totally legit and amazing movies.

He’s Also Kind Of A Joke

Wag The Dog
New Line Cinema

Evans has been parodied in TV shows and movies like Entourage and Wag The Dog. He is the quintessential “producer” you already have in your head.

So Wrong He’s Right

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20th Century Film Corp

Robert Evans is a notorious narcissist whose love of self is so blind and sincere that it’s actually adorable.

There’s Something Missing

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Entire sections of Robert Evans’ life are left out of the documentary. Maybe it’s because of timing. Maybe it’s because real life isn’t a tidy narrative. Who knows.

He Blew It

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Evans had a pretty spectacular fall from grace. He was convicted of cocaine trafficking in the early 80’s, and was connected to a contract killing during the production of The Cotton Club. Oops.

Losing Is For Losers

Everett Collection
Everett Collection

In the Robert Evans mythology, all tragedies are just triumphs in disguise, and every story has a happy ending…for Robert Evans.

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With these simple facts in hand you are now prepared to thoroughly enjoy the two-part finale of Documentary Now! starting this Wednesday at 10/9c on IFC.

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Weird Roles

Anthony Michael Hall’s Most Rotten Movies

Catch Anthony Michael Hall in Weird Science on Friday at 8P on IFC.

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Anthony Michael Hall was the quintessential ’80s nerd. We love him in classics like The Breakfast Club and National Lampoon’s Vacation. But even the brainiest among us has his weak spots. In honor of Weird Science airing this Rotten Friday, we analyze Hall’s worst movies.

Weird Science (1985) 56%

A low point for John Hughes, Weird Science is way too wacky for its own good. Anthony Michael Hall’s Gary and his pal Wyatt (Ilan Mitchell-Smith) create the “perfect woman.” Supernatural chaos ensues. The film costars a young Bill Paxton, floppy disks, and a general disconnect from all reality.

The Caveman’s Valentine (2001) 46%

This ambitious drama starring Samuel L. Jackson couldn’t live up to its rich premise. Jackson plays Romulus, a Juilliard-educated, paranoid schizophrenic who lives in a cave. Hall co-stars as Bob, a rich man, who wants to see Romulus play the piano. The plot centers around Romulus investigating a murder, but with so much going on, the movie never quite finds its rhythm.

All About the Benjamins (2002) 30%

Ice Cube plays a bounty hunter who teams up with Mike Epps’ con man to catch diamond thieves. Hall plays Lil J, a small-time drug dealer. It’s definitely a role we’ve never seen Hall in, but overall the movie isn’t funny or original enough to justify its violence.

Freddy Got Fingered (2001) 11%

This showcase for Tom Green’s goofy gross-out comedy is often hailed as one of the worst films of all time. Green plays Gord, a 20-something slacker, who dreams of having his own animated series. Hall is Dave Davidson, a CEO of an animation studio who eventually helps Gord find success. Too bad Tom Green wasn’t so lucky.

Johnny Be Good (1988) 0%

Hall plays against type as Johnny Walker, a star quarterback. Robert Downey Jr. is his best friend and Uma Thurman plays his devoted girlfriend. Despite the support of a future A-list cast, the movie lacks central conflict and charm. Or, as TV Guide put it, “Johnny be worthless.” Ouch.

Catch the “Too Rotten to Miss” Weird Science this Friday at 8P on IFC.

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Season 6: Episode 1: Pickathon

Binge Fest

Portlandia Season 6 Now Available On DVD

The perfect addition to your locally-sourced, artisanal DVD collection.

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End of summer got you feeling like:

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Ease into fall with Portlandia‘s sixth season. Relive the latest exploits of Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein’s cast of characters, including Doug and Claire’s poignant breakup, Lance’s foray into intellectual society, and the terrifying rampage of a tsukemen Noodle Monster! Plus, guest stars The Flaming Lips, Glenn Danzig, Louis C.K., Kevin Corrigan, Zoë Kravitz, and more stop by to experience what Portlandia is all about.

Pick up a copy of the DVD today, or watch full episodes and series extras now on IFC.com and the IFC app.

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