Exclusive: Joseph Gordon-Levitt Talks HESHER, SNL, LOOPER, INCEPTION, G.I. JOE 2, Avoids Answering my DARK KNIGHT RISES Question

     May 2, 2011

Joseph Gordon Levitt interview HESHER slice

With writer/director Spencer Susser’s Hesher getting released next week, earlier today I got to sit down with the cast and Susserb to talk about the film.  Before going any further, if you haven’t seen the trailer, I suggest checking it out here.  While the summer is filled with huge explosions and movies that cost hundreds of millions of dollars, I promise you…none of them feature a main character as crazy as Hesher.  Playing the lead is Joseph Gordon-Levitt and he again demonstrates why many consider him to be one of the best actors in Hollywood.   Trust me, Hesher is worth seeing just to watch Gordon-Levitt’s performance.

During my interview with Gordon-Levitt earlier today, we discussed how he got involved in Hesher and how he prepared for the role, will he return as Cobra Commander in the sequel to G.I. Joe (he won’t), he talks about Rian Johnson’s Looper, how can he top his amazing monologue on Saturday Night Live, what’s his karaoke song, and he provides an interesting comparison/contrast between Christopher Nolan and Hesher‘s writer/director Spencer Susser.

And for all of you wondering why he didn’t talk about The Dark Knight Rises, as you watch the interview you’ll hear me ask him about it…but he turned the question around.  All the journalists I spoke with told me that he wouldn’t answer any Dark Knight questions.  Nolan has taught him well.

Hesher_movie_image Joseph Gordon LevittFor those excited about Johnson’s Looper, here’s what he said about it.  Otherwise the full interview is below.  Hesher gets released May 13.

GORDON-LEVITT: I’m beyond excited about Looper as well. We just finished shooting it a few weeks ago. I truly think it’s very special. I’ve never done a job like that movie before. It’s something really unique in my life and work. It’s written and directed by Rian Johnson who made Brick and The Brothers Bloom. I got to play opposite Bruce Willis who’s someone I’ve always admired whether it’s Die Hard or Pulp Fiction. Emily Blunt is also really awesome in it. Yeah, man, it’s going to be a really good movie. You have good reason to be excited.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt

  • 0:30 – Explains why doesn’t like to discuss his personal take on the ending to Inception
  • 1:20 – Talks about preparing for his role in Hesher
  • 2:25 – Discusses the rehearsal process for the film
  • 3:00 – Talks about how excited he is for Rian Johnson’s Looper
  • 3:55 – Will he be back as Cobra Commander in G.I. Joe 2?
  • 4:05 – Provides an interesting comparison/contrast between Christopher Nolan and Hesher writer/director Spencer Susser


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