History Creator / JosephGordonLevitt

14th Jan '18 2:04:29 PM costanton11
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* AbilityOverAppearance: He doesn't look at all like Creator/BruceWillis, who he plays the younger version of in ''{{Film/Looper}}''. But he nails Bruce's mannerisms and makes it 100% believable that they could be the same person. Some facial prosthetics helped too.
* ActingInTheDark: In ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'' he didn't know [[spoiler: John Blake's real name was Robin]], as that was dubbed in post production specifically to keep it a secret.
* ActorAllusion:
** Jeff Daniels has played his mentor in ''The Lookout'' and ''{{Film/Looper}}''.
** He played a Tommy in ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun'' and ''Film/StopLoss'', and a Tom in ''Film/FiveHundredDaysOfSummer''.



* CareerResurrection: He took a hiatus from acting to distance himself from being a TeenIdol, and acted in mostly below-the-radar films. When ''Film/FiveHundredDaysOfSummer'' proved to be a hit, he was catapulted back to the mainstream - leading to stuff like ''{{Film/Inception}}'', ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'', ''{{Film/Looper}}'' etc.
* TheCastShowOff: In ''Film/TenThingsIHateAboutYou'' Cameron learns French in order to tutor Bianca. Joe is fluent in French.



* CreatorBacklash: Hated his status as a teen heartthrob, leading to him taking a hiatus from acting.
* TheDanza: He plays Joe in ''Looper''.
* DirectedByCastMember: He wrote, directed and co-starred in ''Don Jon''.
* DyeingForYourArt: Shaved his head on screen for a scene in ''Film/FiftyFifty''.
* EnforcedMethodActing: In order to convincingly play a brain damaged man in ''The Lookout'' he deprived himself of sleep and worked out before shooting - so he would look disoriented.



* NiceGuy

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* NiceGuyIronyAsSheIsCast: As noted above, he's fluent in French. In ''{{Film/Looper}}'' his character is trying to learn French and is terrible at it.


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* PlayingAgainstType: In the late 2000s he took many roles in order to disassociate himself from his TeenIdol image.
** ''{{Film/Brick}}'' as an antisocial loner in a FilmNoir style story.
** ''Film/StopLoss'' as a troubled alcoholic soldier.
** ''The Lookout'' as a brain-damaged athlete who turns to crime.
* ProductionPosse: He, Cillian Murphy, Tom Hardy and Marion Cotillard all worked with Christopher Nolan on ''{{Film/Inception}}'' and ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises''.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: He dislocated a shoulder during ''Film/StopLoss'' and filming had to be stopped for two weeks as a result.
* ThoseTwoActors: With Lukas Haas in ''{{Film/Brick}}'', ''The Lookout'' and ''{{Film/Lincoln}}''.
* ThrowItIn: The headshaving scene in ''Film/FiftyFifty'' was largely improvised between him and Seth Rogen.
* WagTheDirector: The studio wanted to film a kiss scene in ''Film/FiftyFifty'' between Adam and Katherine. Joe and Anna Kendrick refused to film it, and their relationship is a MaybeEverAfter in the finished film.


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* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** He was one of the many actors cast in ''Film/DjangoUnchained'' before pulling out.
** He had been tapped to direct a movie based on Creator/NeilGaiman's ''Comicbook/TheSandman'', but backed out, citing creative differences.
** He replaced Creator/JamesMcAvoy for ''Film/FiftyFifty'' just two days before shooting began.
26th Nov '17 8:03:20 AM extrapettyhoe
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* OlderThanTheyLook: Can you believe he's actually in his late-mid thirties when he appears to look like someone at least ten years younger?!
8th Aug '17 10:26:55 AM dlchen145
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt (sometimes abbreviated to JGL), born February 17, 1981, started his acting career in commercials as a child, getting his big break starring in the 1994 Disney remake of Film/AngelsInTheOutfield, before starring in the show ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun''. Since then, he has broken out of the role that ''3rd Rock'' put him in, first starring in a string of indie films, receiving acclaim from critics for his performances in such movies as ''Film/MysteriousSkin'' and ''{{Film/Brick}}''. After such movies brought him to the attention of major Hollywood producers, he began to work his way into big budget productions, with prominent supporting roles in ''{{Film/Inception}}'' and ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'' and leading roles in ''Film/FiftyFifty'' and ''{{Film/Looper}}''. He has been acclaimed by critics on many occasions, and increased public interest in his movies has made him a star on the rise.

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Joseph Leonard Gordon-Levitt (sometimes abbreviated to JGL), born February 17, 1981, started his acting career in commercials as a child, getting his big break starring in the 1994 Disney remake of Film/AngelsInTheOutfield, before starring in the show ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun''. Since then, he has broken out of the role that ''3rd Rock'' put him in, first starring in a string of indie films, receiving acclaim from critics for his performances in such movies as ''Film/MysteriousSkin'' and ''{{Film/Brick}}''. After such movies brought him to the attention of major Hollywood producers, he began to work his way into big budget productions, with prominent supporting roles in ''{{Film/Inception}}'' and ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'' and leading roles in ''Film/FiftyFifty'' and ''{{Film/Looper}}''. He has been acclaimed by critics on many occasions, and increased public interest in his movies has made him a star on the rise.
11th Jun '17 11:45:16 AM mouschilight
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* DirectedByCastMember: He wrote, directed and co-starred in ''Don Jon''.



* FormerChildStar: [[AvertedTrope Averted.]] He's more famous now than he was as a child actor.

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* FormerChildStar: [[AvertedTrope Averted.]] {{Averted|Trope}}. He's more famous now than he was as a child actor.



* WhatCouldHaveBeen: He was one of the many actors cast in ''Film/DjangoUnchained'' before pulling out.
** He had been tapped to direct a movie based on Creator/NeilGaiman's ''Comicbook/TheSandman'', but backed out, citing creative differences.
26th Feb '17 11:40:55 AM jamespolk
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* ''Film/ARiverRunsThroughIt'' (1992) Norman (as a child)
16th Jan '17 4:30:48 PM eroock
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* ''Film/{{Snowden}}'' (2016) - Edward Snowden
12th Sep '16 6:49:18 AM fearlessnikki
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* ''Film/StopLoss'' (2008) as Private Tommy Burgess
* ''Film/{{Killshot}}'' (2008) as Richie Nix



* ''Film/{{Killshot}}'' (2008) as Richie Nix
21st Aug '16 8:31:10 AM eroock
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* ''Film/{{Killshot}}'' (2009) as Richie Nix

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* ''Film/{{Killshot}}'' (2009) (2008) as Richie Nix
7th Mar '16 11:15:42 PM Kirayoshi
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** He had been tapped to direct a movie based on Creator/NeilGaiman's ''Comicbook/TheSandman'', but backed out, citing creative differences.
8th Jan '16 12:31:35 PM pittsburghmuggle
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* ''The Walk'' (2015) - Philippe Petit

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* ''The Walk'' ''Film/TheWalk'' (2015) - Philippe Petit
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