Dane DeHaan Always Gets Carded at Bars (and Rated R Movies), Even Though He's 31 Years Old

Actor Dane DeHaan has always been a fan of superheroes. Now, as the star of "Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets," he gets to play one. In a video interview with W Editor at Large Here, the actor opens up about his first acting role, his longtime cinematic crush on Gwyneth Paltrow, and more.

Released on 3/14/2017

Transcript

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I'm pretty proud of my performance as Toto
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in the Wizard of Oz, I fought really hard for that part too,
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I went to summer camp, theater summer camp,
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and we were doing the Wizard of Oz
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and I really wanted to be Toto,
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and I remember going home before the night of auditions
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and telling my parents I'm gonna audition for Toto
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and they were so angry at me that they were sending me
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to summer camp and I was gonna be the dog.
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The costume was like pajamas, onesie, and like spots on it
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and I painted my face and wore
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a headband with ears, I think.
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I must have been probably like 12, 13, not super young.
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I was definitely conscious of my choice to be Toto,
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that's who I wanted to be, very much so.
00:48
Superheroes were always a part of my life
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and my childhood, I didn't read the comic books
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but I played with the action figures and I dressed up
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as them and I played pretend all the time
00:59
and I was really big into Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
01:04
I feel like I always loved Donatello.
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He was the purple one and he had
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the stick that he fought with.
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That was kind of it for me, I don't think that my choice
01:14
of liking Donatello was based off
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of personality traits or anything.
01:19
When you audition for big tent-pole movies like Spider-Man
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or whatever, they give you these really incredibly generic
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one- or two-page scenes with really generic dialogue
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where they change all the characters' names
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so you have no idea who you're talking to,
01:39
you barely know what character you're playing
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and you don't know what's happened before or after
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or really what's happening during the scene.
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The entire way that I at least was taught how to act
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goes out the window and I don't even know
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what they're looking for when you do them,
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except for maybe how you look on camera.
01:58
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,
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I didn't have to audition, I got a call saying
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that Luc Besson wanted to meet with me
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and I got to pick the place we met
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and I really had no idea what it was for so I just picked
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a brunch spot like a block from my apartment,
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sat down and we were eating some eggs
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and he started telling me about this movie
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that he's wanted to make his entire life and going on and on
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about it and it sounded just epic and amazing.
02:24
We got done with the meeting and he sent me the script
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and I called him up and I was like,
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Wow, this script is amazing and it's so much fun,
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and I love The Fifth Element and I would love to work
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with you on this, and I remember his just saying,
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Oh I'm so happy, I'm so happy, over and over again,
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but I didn't know what that meant exactly,
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I didn't know if I'm so happy meant,
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I also want you to be in this or what
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so I was like calling my agents, my managers,
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and being like, I think I'm in this movie.
02:54
But in the end, it all worked.
02:56
I was carded yesterday, yeah.
02:58
Just went to Miami with my sister and we ordered
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a nice bottle of wine and I had to get my ID
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and I always have to remember to bring my wallet.
03:06
If I don't bring my wallet, it can be a huge bummer.
03:09
In college, when I was like 20 years old
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and people would be going out to eat
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and the would all be able to drink, they wouldn't invite me
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because they knew that I would get carded
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which means they would all get carded,
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which means they wouldn't be able to drink.
03:25
It's been like a year since I've been carded
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at a rated R movie, though.
03:29
They do it sometimes, trust me.
03:33
I had a cinematic crush on Gwyneth Paltrow.
03:36
I was probably a teenager when Shakespeare In Love came out.
03:40
Super cool, super beautiful.
03:42
There was this girl that I had a huge crush on
03:44
in high school and she wouldn't date me for the longest time
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and then she finally decided to date me
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and she was probably like my first meaningful kiss.
03:55
Might have been at her house.
03:57
And we kept kissing for weeks after, so yeah.
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The first time I saw Philip Seymour Hoffman,
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I think it was in Talented Mr. Ripley
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when he jumps out of the red Corvette,
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that was really the moment where I was like,
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Oh wow, that guy, what he's doing is different
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than what almost everyone else is doing.
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And I don't know what that is,
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but that's what I wanna try to achieve when I act.