For Dane DeHaan, 25, who had just come off of roles in HBO's therapy drama, In Treatment, and the thriller Chronicle, John Hillcoat's (The Road) new Lawless, a Depression-era crime drama about bootleggers was a bit of a departure, but a welcome one.

"The script," DeHaan said in our exclusive interview, "honors the culture that we portray. I feel like a lot of times bootleggers or Southerners or whatever are kind of made into a cartoonish kind of thing, and so to see a human depiction of that time and those people was really refreshing," he said.

DeHaan, who thinks that a learning experience is part of what makes the job of acting "fun," is also a big advocate of learning what you can from your castmates, like Lawless costar Tom Hardy, who became an overnight success in Christopher Nolan's Inception, which led him to step into the role of villain Bane in the most recent installment of the Batman franchise, The Dark Knight Rises.

DeHaan gives credit where he feels credit is due. "I think Tom is one of the most naturally gifted actors I've ever seen," he said about Hardy. "He can turn it on and off and, unbelievably, he can go from goofing around to being completely in character at the drop of a hat. And it's just in him to have that — he just has a gift that's really incredible."

Catch DeHaan in Lawless, featuring an all-star cast that also includes Hardy, Shia LaBeouf, Gary Oldman, Jessica Chastain, Guy Pearce and Mia Wasikowska, in theaters now.

Check out our interview with Dane DeHaan here.

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