Joseph Gordon-Levitt seems to have tossed the Hollywood playbook right out the window. Where most child actors struggle to define themselves once their programs go off the air, the former “3rd Rock From The Sun” star bucked the trend by taking challenging roles in indie films like “Mysterious Skin,” “Brick,” “The Lookout” and of course, “(500) Days of Summer.” The industry finally sat up and took notice of his mainstream potential, as he snagged the villain role in “G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra” and as Arthur in last year’s “Inception.” But not only that, the actor has made a name for himself in the media sphere with hitRECord, his collective production company which is truly doing something unique in terms of giving a voice and creative space online for artists around the world.
West Coast Playlist member Leah Zak had the chance to sit down with Joseph Gordon-Levitt recently as he met the press to talk about his upcoming indie flick “Hesher,” and of course at one point the conversation turned to what was around the corner for the actor, and they chatted about his forthcoming re-team with director Rian Johnson on “Looper” and the rise of hitRECord.
If the cast alone wasn’t enough to get you excited for “Looper”—it features Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Paul Dano, Xu Qing, Jeff Daniels, Piper Perabo and Noah Segan—the premise should. The story follows “a killer who works for the mob of the future. He, along with other so-called Loopers, dispose of people sent from the future. When he recognizes one victim as his future self, he hesitates, letting the man escape.” For the actor, the project continues a strong relationship he’s had with Rian Johnson ever since the director’s debut feature film.
“Rian and I became good friends during and after ‘Brick.’ And ‘Looper’ is a project he’s been talking to me about for years as he was writing it,” Gordon-Levitt told us. “And we just finished shooting it a few weeks ago. I’m so so excited to see how this movie turns out. I’ve personally never done work like that. I just think he’s a pinnacle filmmaker and I can’t wait to see it. And I can’t wait for everybody else to see it.”
“He’s egoless. It’s always about the movie [and] making the movie better,” the actor told us the qualities that make working for Johnson such a joy. “And Rian has a unique way with language and how he writes. And he also has a unique way with his visual storytelling. He’s an editor, he cut ‘Brick’ himself. He can watch the movie in his head while we’re shooting it. At the same time, he’s really open to collaboration and spontaneity. And in that way he has a lot in common with [Christopher] Nolan. They’re very different voices, but I think a lot of their strength is in vision and openness to organic spontaneity—they have that in common…..”