In a candid interview with The Daily Beast
, Joseph Gordon-Levitt opened up about his new film Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
, what inspired him when portraying the role, and how his parents raised him to respect women.
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The actor, famous for films such as 10 Things I Hate About You, 500 Days of Summer,
has recently spread his rings in other departments having written, directed and starred in Don Jon
, a film about a recovering porn addict.
He says that he was drawn to the Sin City
universe by Robert Rodriguez. Having seen the first installment of the series he says he thought “Wow… this is a Rodriguez movie but it’s also something else entirely.” He says that “It’s the combination of him and Frank Miller that makes these movies special, and “graphic” is the best word to describe it—“graphic” as in it’s not about realism in the drawings, since the night sky looks jet black and the rain looks snow white. When you apply these graphics to film making, and to acting, it’s a fascinating prospect.” Reading the interview you can tell that he is so passionate about film and that he knows his craft.
When discussing his Sin City
character he tells a story which helped him connect to his gambling role. “there was this one game of Monopoly where my brother was certain
I wouldn't land on Free Parking, but I fuckin’ did. [Laughs] Besides the traditional Vegas casino games, as far as taking risks, that’s something I’m certainly attracted to. If you stop taking risks, you get bored.”
This is all well and good but I think it is his thoughts on the fact that so many young actors are coming out against being labels as a “feminist” which is particularly interesting.
“What that means to me is that you don’t let your gender define who you are—you can be who you want to be, whether you’re a man, a woman, a boy, a girl, whatever. However you want to define yourself, you can do that and should be able to do that, and no category ever really describes a person because every person is unique. That, to me, is what “feminism” means.”
“I’m a believer that if everyone has a fair chance to be what they want to be and do what they want to do, it’s better for everyone. It benefits society as a whole.”
Having denied that he auditioned for the role of Star-Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy
and the title role in Ant-Man,
JGL went on to talk about his work on the adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s comic series Sandman
and how he believes that “it’s a great group of people with a lot of respect for the material, and I really think we have the potential to do something great.” It certainly seems like something we will need to keep an eye out for in the future.
The interview closes with an overview of the films which Gordon- Levitt has become famous for, how he can walk on a tight-rope and regarding a cameo in Magic Mike 2. all he could say was “[Laughs] We’ll see! He hasn't asked me yet, but anything is possible.”
Check out the full interview here
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