I liked this interview Luke Davies did with The Guardian ('Luke Davies on 'mischievous' James Dean and the myth of a broody youth'). He mentions Rob but also shares his reasons for penning LIFE and that "Dennis Stock was the powerful figure who had something to offer to James Dean, who was conflicted about what it was that was being offered: a doorway into the fame machine."
I am still bitterly waiting for Dec. 4th along with many of you so these interviews are torturous and a pleasure. The excerpt that mentions Rob specifically was interesting because we've only heard or read Rob mention Dennis' personality or the chip on his shoulder. Davies expands on those issues with The Guardian:
Stock’s personality was easier to uncover. Davies says his ex-wives described the photographer as “a classic old school misogynist”. While the film has depicted him in a more flattering light, Pattinson retains a certain hard-done-by attitude. “It was great casting him as the angular Dennis character, always a little bit on edge, by not feeling that he was getting recognised in the right way.
“I’m sure that’s not Rob Pattinson’s experience, [of] not getting recognised, but there is a discomfort, which he got to channel.”Click HERE to read the entire interview!
Stock had mixed feelings about the Life photographs, says Davies. “He went through his life with a real chip on his shoulder that the thing that paid his rent for the next 40 years was that moment in time, not all the other stuff he did. I think it was both a curse and a blessing.”