JOSHUA TREE, 1951: A PORTRAIT OF JAMES DEAN INTERVIEW (Exclusive Video) - Directed by Matthew Mishory and starring James Preston in the title role of James Dean, Joshua Tree, 1951: A Portrait of James Dean redefines James Dean for a new generation. ScreenSlam sat down with both Mishory and Preston to talk about the iconic Rebel Without a Cause star and the speculation over the true nature of James Dean’s sexuality which has been rampant among movie critics and fans for decades.
“We very intensely didn’t want to take on a biopic, its been done a few times before with conventual structure and materials, so what we did was a portrait, its one year in time, its a moment in time it’s not the entire life.” - Matthew Mishory
“He was just a normal 21 year-old and I don’t think he found love in anything – guy, girl, it didn’t matter. He was searching for something, I mean he burned cigarettes out on him, he put pins in his arms. He was hanging out with the dregs of the earth, he was hanging out with the really popular people in Hollywood, he was obviously searching. I mean searching and not finding it, That’s why he died at 24 in my opinion.” James Preston
Joshua Tree, 1951: A Portrait of James Dean will be screened at LA’s Outfest Film Festival on July 16th. For more information on the movie Check out their website: http://www.joshuatree1951.com/
Watch the interview below: