Sunday, July 26, 2009

Actor Obsession: Joseph Gordon-Levitt


Joseph Gordon-Levitt is not only the incomparably engaging (and beautifully dimpled) star of my new favourite movie of the summer (500 Days of Summer) but he is also the star of my favourite sports movie of all time (Angels in the Outfield) and my favourite teen movie of all time (10 Things I Hate About You). Oh, and he was on a little show called 3rd Rock From the Sun, you may have heard of it.

The super talented and artistically-minded Gordon-Levitt started out his career at the tender age of 7 with a guest stint on Family Ties. He then established himself as a child star and transitioned seamlessly into a teenage leading man, spending 6 seasons on the beloved sitcom 3rd Rock in the process. After an acting hiatus that saw him studying French at Columbia University, Gordon-Levitt's artistic tastes led him down the independent film road. Now, with his lovable performance in the sweet yet purposely un-sentimental indie 500 Days of Summer, he is reemerging as an audience favourite.

Gordon-Levitt can next be seen in a completely different role for him: in a big blockbuster action film. He plays Cobra Commander in the upcoming GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra (out in August).

(500 Days of Summer kudos also to Zoey Deschanel for brilliantly conquering a very tricky role, to screenwriters Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Webber for a lovely and fresh story that was quirky but not annoyingly-so, and to director Marc Webb for brilliant visuals, great pacing and the casting of lovely TV ladies Rachel Boston and Minka Kelly. See this movie- it's lovely).

2 comments:

veroscamaro said...

joseph gordon-levitt was not in 10 things i hate about you. thats Heath Ledger...
i thought it was your favorite movie?

Kelly said...

Of course he was! Heath Ledger played Patrick, the character based on Taming of the Shrew's Petruchio who ends up with Julia Stiles' Kat (based on Kate). Joseph Gordon-Levitt played Cameron, the Lucentio update who ends up with Bianca.

It IS one of my favourite movies.