How ‘Lisey’s Story’s Dane DeHaan Collaborated with Stephen King to Reimagine His Role

Dan DeHaan’s tackle Jim Dooley could also be some of the unsettling performances of the 12 months. Whenever DeHaan seems in Lisey’s Story, dread follows in his quiet, contemplative, and sporadically unhinged wake. And if the Stephen King character reminds you of among the most explosive and unpredictable corners of the web’s incel group, that’s sort of the purpose.

“We latched onto the misogynistic aspect of it, the almost incel-y, unpredictable people that you see today that are the ones terrorizing people and being violent,” DeHaan instructed Decider on the function. “A villain of today’s society, a byproduct of all these things in today’s society that are causing young men to be violent.”

But Dooley wasn’t at all times that method. It took a variety of laborious work for this larger-than-life King character to remodel right into a foe that may chill trendy audiences to their core. That portrayal would have by no means occurred if it wasn’t for the open collaboration between Lisey’s Story‘s author Stephen King, its director Pablo Larraín, and the actor behind the monster. DeHaan walked Decider via what it was like to remodel a basic King trope right into a supply of recent horror.

Decider: Your character in Lisey’s Story is deeply disturbing. What did you first suppose once you had been studying over the function of Jim Dooley?

Dane DeHaan: I usually in all probability thought that. He’s a deeply disturbing individual. What was thrilling concerning the alternative was after studying it I sat down with the director, Pablo Larraín, and we began speaking about what he actually needed to do with the character and all these concepts he had for him to make him one thing completely different, actually completely different than what’s within the novel but in addition completely different than what was written within the script and make this creepy, off-putting individual that may resonate with a contemporary viewers. The method he talked about it and the concepts he had had been simply so intriguing. It sort of turned out to be this extremely exploratory course of between him and myself and Stephen King. That was simply unbelievable and distinctive in a method. I’ve by no means actually labored like this earlier than.

Dane DeHaan in Lisey's Story
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Can you elaborate on what you imply about creating Jim Dooley to be somebody who would scare a contemporary viewers?

Yeah, positive. How he was initially written was as a big, bodily intimidating Southern man. We needed to evoke one thing that was extra in line with issues which can be scary in in the present day’s society. Certainly we latched onto the misogynistic side of it, the virtually incel-y, unpredictable individuals that you simply see in the present day which can be those terrorizing individuals and being violent. A villain of in the present day’s society, a byproduct of all these items in in the present day’s society which can be inflicting younger males to be violent.

It actually comes throughout. I perceive that King was fairly closely concerned on set. How did working with him assist sculpt the character? And what did you be taught from him as an actor?

He was superb to work with, particularly the best way we labored on my character Dooley. He was permitting us the liberty to discover and to increase and to change one thing that was initially written into one thing completely different. What would occur was I’d have conversations with the director. We would have these moments on set of exploration and issues that weren’t essentially within the script. Stephen would watch that, and from that and doubtless conversations he was having with the director, would write further materials for the character. That can be a useful device to get new scenes. Like, “Oh, I get what you guys are doing. What about this? And what about this?” In that method he was actually permitting the writing to converse for itself by way of how we had been collaborating collectively.

Obviously that’s a useful device once you’re making a terrifying individual. You get to do it with Stephen King, and he’s writing you stuff. It’s fairly mind-blowing to even say, however he was unbelievable to work with. And perhaps what I realized from him was the worth of not being treasured about your artwork or your materials and permitting it to change, permitting it to morph. The worth of collaboration.

Throughout the primary three episodes there’s this budding rigidity between Lisey and Dooley however in Episode 4 they lastly collide. What was it like working so intently with Julianne Moore?

It was actually unbelievable. Obviously her work and her profession speaks for itself. She’s top-of-the-line. But I believe what was shocking and refreshing about working with her was how sort she was, how a lot she needed to get to know me, how giggly she was, and the way from that I actually trusted her. And I felt like she trusted me. When making one thing so darkish and when the cameras are rolling to have to go to these darkish locations, it was good that belief was coming from a spot of true kindness. She’s actually simply an unbelievable individual.

The first two episodes of Lisey’s Story premiere on Apple TV+ Friday, June 4. New episodes premiere Fridays. 

This interview has been edited for readability and size.

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