Joseph Gordon-Levitt | 2014 US Open: Day 14 (September 7, 2014)
People often ask me why I like Joseph Gordon-Levitt so much. People always, always assume it’s because of how attractive he is (and although that isn’t incorrect, there are better reasons why I really respect him as an actor, artist, and producer). A true fan understands that Joseph not only is passionate about his work, but he understands it too. I read a lot of articles and interviews about him lately and I’ve really started to realize how intelligent and well-educated he is about his own work and artistic interpretations. He’s not making movies to increase his popularity, but rather he’s in it because he genuinely is fascinated with the world of art.
Just to give an example: Joseph was interviewed by the A. V. Club to discuss his artistic collaborations, the process of filming Looper, and his writing and directing debut. (x) When asked about enjoying the fame and attention that comes with he, he said,
“Well, I’ll start by making a distinction. I love movies, and when people also love movies, I love that. Anytime anybody comes up to me and has clearly had any connection to a movie that I did—they say “Hey, I saw Inception and now I’ve been thinking about my dreams more,” or “Hey, I saw 50/50 and it made me cry,” or “I saw (500) Days Of Summer and it made me laugh or it made me think about my ex,” or whatever—any of that, I love that. That’s really meaningful to me. What I don’t like is when people have no real interest in the movies and just want to be close to the spotlight or something like that, or take a picture of me so they can put it on Facebook and say, “Hey, I’m next to a celebrity.” That to me is kind of objectifying, and I feel used. So is that happening more this year? I guess, yeah, because all these movies came out at once. But I think when you do anything professionally, you take the good with the bad. There are parts of the job that are less fun than other parts, and the parts that I love are worth it.”
In addition, another quote I found:
“I really try to make movies as good as I can, and create a convincing character who means something to me and maybe other people. The notion of celebrity is kind of saying, ‘All that doesn’t matter. We’re not interested in the story you’re trying to tell. What interests us is you, your name, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, quote-unquote, and who you’re dating or what you’re eating or…’ And to me, that’s like, Wow, so you’re saying what I love and spend so much time caring about is irrelevant and doesn’t matter? Fuck you, too.” (x)
To me that deserves a lot of self-respect. Someone who respects his fans, but also is in the industry not so much for the promotion of his name or self-gain but for the love of really filming and taking on an artistic role. Though some may argue with me that a lot of celebrities are genuinely in love with what they do, they do not speak out to me like the way that Joseph does. I’ve watched some of his videos on his hitRECord production/artistic collaboration website and it really allows me to connect to him because I see that he is involved with what inspired. In addition, I want to read his collection of poetry found in The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories Volumes 1 and 2 because I want to explore his mind and explore something he so profoundly supports.
He is so outspoken about his views and he is not afraid to be what someone else may deem inappropriate. I just love that he is so different from the other people involved in the entertainment industry. It’s just nice to have someone like him step him. It’s a breath of fresh air. Minty fresh.
Maybe the next time someone asks you why you like Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Tell them it’s not just because of the looks - prove them right.
This post got popular lately - I love reading everyone’s comments. I am so glad* we all look up to the wonderful character JGL embraces.
I promise I’ll make a photo set of him just for you. :)
Sexy Ladies: Jennifer Lopez (60/100)
"I seriously feel like the best days are ahead, and I like the idea of getting to do everything I did before but with more knowledge, experience, and street smarts. There’s a certain love, appreciation, and gratitude that you have at 40 that you don’t have when you’re younger, and it makes every accomplishment feel so much better."
Sexy Ladies: Carrie Underwood (59/100)
"It wouldn’t be a Carrie Underwood album without a revenge song on it. People really like when I do that. I don’t mean to. I don’t hate men that much. But it turns out so well!"
Sexy Ladies: Sarah Rafferty (58/100)
"What you learn from studying acting is that you have to have the courage to just make strong choices."
500 Days of JGL (#88)
Creative Arts Emmy Awards 2014 | Winner! Congratulations Joseph Gordon-Levitt!
Gordon-Levitt started HitRecord in 2005 with his brother, Dan, who died in 2010. That’s the same year HitRecord became an “open collaborative production company” that produces films, books and records made from an online community of storytellers.
Thank you video for winning the Emmy!
Watch the first episode by clicking here!