Remember back before he taught college courses and made films about himself making films whatever kind of nonsense is going on in Francophrenia, James Franco was the humble oddball pal of a New York photographer named Peter Parker? While Franco had his wonderful turn on Freaks and Geeks to his name, it was the Spider-Man trilogy that really launched awareness of the actor. Franco played second banana to Tobey Maguire's Parker as Harry Osborn, the affluent son of Spider-Man's first arch enemy in the series, Norman Osborn/The Green Goblin (Willem Dafoe).
When director Marc Webb decided to reboot the Marvel franchise in this year's The Amazing Spider-Man, he shot for the fresh young voices and faces of today: Andrew Garfield as the titular hero and Emma Stone as friend Gwen Stacy. And for the forthcoming second installment in Webb's series, he has announced a new Harry Osborn: 25-year-old Dane DeHaan, recognizable to fans of In Treatment (all two of 'em), religious viewers of True Blood (he had a small arc in Season 4), and this year's underrated found footage sci-fi flick Chronicle. The news was confirmed by Webb, who tweeted the below image of the young actor in character:
Like Franco, DeHaan has got both the traditional good looks and awkward charm of Franco to pull off the Harry we're expecting to see. But how will the actor make this character his own? DeHaan's range is exhibited by looking at his two feature roles in 2012: Lawless and Chronicle. The former, an adventurous period piece, armors DeHaan in a piercing sincerity and innocence, perfect for the early stages of the young Hosborn. But if Chronicle is any indication, we'll be seeing a darker, more tortured character than Franco was able to deliver in the largely fun, accessible Sam Raimi universe.
Whatever happens with DeHaan within the picture, let's hope he doesn't go all loony ten years later and start directing shoe commercials.
[Photo Credit: Twitter]
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The star, who plays Blackbeard in the next Pirates of the Caribbean film, endured a lengthy battle with alcohol when he first broke into the industry as a teenager.
McShane insists he can barely remember his marriages to actress Suzan Farmer, who he divorced after three years in 1968, and Ruth Post, who he has two children with.
He tells Britain's The Independent Magazine, "I started this so young - my first film was at 19 - I was not really happy. You don't know it at the time, but looking back I didn't know who the f**k I was. I don't remember my first two marriages... the details are very sketchy.
"My first wife was delightful. She was the queen of the Hammer Horror movies, but I never saw her for two years. It was the Sixties... My second marriage was to a girl I met in Manchester (England), kept a long-distance relationship going for two years, then we got married... disaster."
McShane has now been sober for 23 years and he's adamant he won't fall back into his wild ways: "I went to an AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) meeting with a friend and I haven't had a drink since, and I never think twice about it. But you must never be smug... about anything.
"Anyway, it's exhausting, that lifestyle. You think 'I'm getting old, give it up... there's a new generation who can take over and have a good time.'"
McShane wed his third wife Gwen Humble in 1980.