Dane DeHaan Says His Role In 'Place Beyond The Pines' Takes Place 19 Years After Ryan Gosling's Part Of The Film

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by Kevin Jagernauth
February 3, 2012 6:12 PM
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If you aren't familiar with the name Dane DeHaan, by the end of 2012, you will be. The rising actor has three buzzy worthy projects on his slate this year: this weekend's found footage teen superhero pic "Chronicle" (go see it); John Hillcoat's highly anticipated "The Wettest County" and the Derek Cianfrance/Ryan Gosling bro-tacular reteam "The Place Beyond The Pines." Not a bad lineup at all. While there is still no word on a release date for the latter film, some kind of festival appearance seems likely (perhaps Cannes) and talking with Vulture, DeHaan revealed a few more details about the film.

When he was cast in the picture last summer it was said that he would be playing Ryan Gosling's son, which seemed odd considering the two are only seven years apart. We weren't quite sure how that would play out, but DeHaan has outlined what the structure of the film will be. "I play Ryan Gosling’s son. It’s a generational story, so essentially the first third of the movie is really all about Ryan, and then the last third of the movie takes place eighteen or nineteen years after Ryan’s part of the story. And it’s about a son that he had during his part of the story," DeHaan explains.

Of course, how this feud unfolds is what we're still awaiting to find out. Co-starring Bradley Cooper, Rose Byrne, Eva Mendes, Ben Mendelsohn, Ray Liotta, Max Martini and Emory Cohen, the story centers on Luke (Gosling), a motorcycle stunt rider who turns to robbing banks to support his son, but winds up crossing paths with a police officer-turned-politician (Cooper), kicking off a battle that will also include their sons (Cohen and DeHaan) who are mixed up in a clash of their own. Damn.

With the film being compared in tone to the "The Godfather" and "The Deer Hunter," expectations are very high for "The Place Beyond The Pines." Just as they are for 'Wettest County,' and DeHaan pulls back the curtain a bit on his role. "I play a character named Cricket Pate. He’s a young guy with rickets, which means the bones in his legs are a little misshapen because of a lack of vitamin D. He fixes up cars and is a bit of mechanical genius. He’s the best friend to Shia [LaBeouf]’s character, and together they scheme and get into all sort of trouble selling moonshine and that kind of thing," he explains.

Of course, that film sees him starring alongside an insanely great cast including Tom Hardy, Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska, Gary Oldman and Guy Pearce in the Prohibition era tale about a bootlegging band of brothers. DeHaan has been rubbing shoulders with great folks lately. "The Wettest County" arrives on August 31st.

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9 Comments

  • Aardvark | April 8, 2012 8:06 PMReply

    This kids role is so overblown. Its a boring thankless fluff role. Like the rest of his career choices. Hes afraid or unable to really roll...

  • jingmei | February 4, 2012 11:46 PMReply

    Assumingly The Place Beyound The Pines gonna be a profoundly emotional project since helmed by the director whose last Blue Valentine was just fucking awesome.

  • beachwave | February 4, 2012 3:27 AMReply

    "I just finished another film with Derek called Beyond the Pines and it was the best experience of my life and I can’t wait for people to see it. Derek is a very special filmmaker. It is very different from Blue Valentine and the performances are great. Bradley Cooper; people are not going to believe how great he is and Eva Mendes; it is the best performance I’ve been around to see." Ryan Gosling

    more on the interview here

    http://thelittlestpictureshow.blogspot.com.au/2012/01/interview-ryan-gosling-talks-clooneys.html


    sounds interesting

  • OOGLE MONSTER | February 3, 2012 7:21 PMReply

    Leonardo DiCaprio's clone, boys and girls.

  • Adriene | February 3, 2012 7:11 PMReply

    Wow Cianfrance is going from Blue Valentine to something Godfather-esque. Hmmm I'm cautiously optimistic. He nailed the tone and feel of love lost and found in Blue Valentine, so I think he has what it takes to be a big-time filmmaker but that's quite a leap. Stoked for both films. I really like the cast for "Pines" with an exception of Cooper and Mendes. I'm not sold on Cooper yet but I'm hoping he impresses. Mendes has never impressed me and she always tends to play the same role over and over-- "the hot chick"-- and I don't think she's even attractive to begin with, so hopefully her role will be limited. I'm really looking forward to Gosling and Rose Byrne... 2 of my favorites.

  • KevinCraigWest | April 2, 2012 8:59 PM

    Having had the wonderful opportunity to be directed by Derek in TPBTP, I have to say that I eagerly await the films release as well. I must also state that having the wonderful opportunity to have had scenes with Dane and Eva, I am a fan of their work and their process. TPBTP is an excellent script, well cast and superbly directed. This time next year there will undoubtedly be Oscar recipients from it!!!

  • OOGLE MONSTER | February 3, 2012 7:13 PM

    Mendes can't act to save her life but I doubt she has a big role.

  • Gerard | February 3, 2012 7:13 PM

    I had no idea Mendes was even in this film. Not a big fan but THAT explains how her and The Gos hooked up.

  • buntyhoven | February 3, 2012 6:25 PMReply

    Fuckkkkkk, I feel like we've been waiting for these two films for ages now. They seem so far away.

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