Joseph Gordon-Levitt Calls His Looper Role "The Best Work I've Done in Years"
04.18.12 by Ryan
2012 is, without argument, going to be a great year for actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who will appear in four movies before the year is up. In July, Gordon-Levitt will play Gotham police officer John Blake (or whoever the latest rumor suspects his character actually is) in The Dark Knight Rises, followed in August by the bike messenger thriller Premium Rush. After that he will appear in Steven Spielberg's biopic Lincoln, which will open at some point at the end of 2012. But in September, it's possible that Gordon-Levitt's "best work" will have already been revealed in the sci-fi thriller Looper. At least, that's what the actor said in an interview with MTV.
Looper is, to be honest, some of the best work I've ever done as an actor. I really transformed myself. Rian Johnson, who wrote and directed Brick, is — I think — one of the greatest filmmakers going. [Johnson] actually has a lot in common with Chris Nolan and Steven Spielberg. He's a brilliant, brilliant guy. I cannot wait for people to see that movie.
The first trailer for Looper was released just last week, and was the first taste of watching Gordon-Levitt as a hitman whose latest target is his older self (Bruce Willis), sent back in time. According to Gordon-Levitt, the trailer only serves as an introduction to his transformation.
From that little trailer, you can hardly get it. They wanted to make a big, banging action movie trailer, which is accurate because it is a big, banging action movie, but when you actually see the movie and you really get a sense of what those prosthetics look like, I'm really excited for people to see this character because it's just nothing like me. That's my favorite thing as an actor, to create a character that's other than myself.
In the video below, taken from Wonder Con, Gordon-Levitt talks about his research process for playing a young Willis.
And for those still geeking out on the trailer, here it is again below, courtesy of MTV News, this time with director Rian Johnson providing commentary, including a few words about Gordon-Levitt's performance.
Looper also stars Emily Blunt, Paul Dano, Gareth Edwards, Piper Perabo and Jeff Daniels.