Anton talked about Rob ahead of the films release in Ireland Sept. 25th. I share his feelings about Rob not playing Dean and have been amused by publications that are quick to assume Rob plays the icon when the film was in production last year.
Excerpt from Scannian (Ireland): “I had Robert on board first,” says Corbijn. “I never saw him as Dean. Most people assume, when they hear he’s in this film, that he’ll play James Dean, because you equate a big name with a big name.
“But I love Rob playing the part of Dennis Stock because, as you know, he’s very famous through the Twilight series, which came when he was young, and it came relatively easy, I guess, to him. Now he wants to prove to himself that he’s worthy of being an actor, so he takes all these left-of-centre roles – with directors like (David) Cronenberg and Werner Herzog.
“So he is a guy who wants to prove himself as an actor playing a photographer who wants to prove himself as a photographer. I thought it was a nice parallel universe, and also to turn the camera on him.
“He’s always being chased by photographers and now he plays a photographer himself. There’s a kid of perverse pleasure there.
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