James Dean was clearly one of the coolest guys of all time. In [Life](movie:974904), Dane DeHaan has the tough task of portraying Dean and he's joined by his co-star, Robert Pattinson, who plays Life magazine photographer Dennis Stock. The two had an intimate friendship that developed in the early 1950s when Stock was assigned to shoot Dean as he traveled across the United States. A clip has surfaced online in the wake of the world premiere, which was at the Berlin International Film Festival on Monday.
In said clip, which you can find below, Stock convinces Dean that he's not playing Hollywood games and wants to portray him in a positive and accurate light in his photographs (apologies for the long intro to the clip):
Robert Pattinson sports darker hair than normal and does his best impression of a 1950s New York accent. I think this could be pretty interesting. Directed by Anton Corbijn, the movie also features Ben Kingsley and Joel Edgerton. The film hasn't yet picked up distribution.
Some of the most iconic photos of Dean, including this one of Dean smoking a cigarette in Times Square, were taken by Stock.
Some of my favorite movies have been products of film festivals. Like I said before, I'm a big James Dean fan and I hope they do this friendship and time period justice.