I don't act to win awards: Spider-Man actor Dane DeHaan

  • Abha Goradia, Hindustan Times
  • Updated: Feb 26, 2015 16:30 IST

He started his acting career with a Broadway show called American Buffalo, and found his way into films with Amigo (2010). However, Dane DeHaan, who has also appeared in TV series like In Treatment and Blue Bloods, shot to fame with his portrayal of Harry Osborn as the new Green Goblin in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014); the film premieres on March 1, at 1 pm, on Sony Pix.

The actor has also received critical acclaim for his recently released film, Life. Here, Dane talks about why he prefers films over TV, his love for experimenting with different kinds of roles and more.

Q - How did you research on your character in Spider-Man?

A - Harry ’s character has been around for 15 years. I spent a lot of time familiarising myself with how Harry has been portrayed in the past. But also what I think is exciting about The Amazing Spider-Man series is that it allows us to revisit the characters and portray them in a modern context. It was a mix of honouring the Harry that has always been around, and also finding out and discovering where Harry would be in today’s world.

Q - Does playing a negative role in a popular franchise concern you in terms of getting typecast as a villain?

A - (Laughs) That’s okay with me. I wish to play different kinds of characters, and not just the negative ones. I think it’s amazing to be part of a franchise because it gives you the opportunity to do different things.

Q - You were nominated for a BAFTA Award last year. Do such recognitions pressurise you to make a mark in the industry?

A - I don’t act to win awards. I act because I love to. And I want to keep growing and that’s one thing that is exciting about acting.

Q - It’s been three years since you acted on TV. Any plans to get back to the small screen?

A - I don’t think I’ll be on TV anytime soon. I like the way films are made and I find it appropriate to how I like to work as an actor.

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