Thursday, July 30, 2009

Is one "Summer" hit enough for good Joe?

With one genuine hit in the warm-weather bag, perhaps Joseph Gordon-Levitt doesn’t want to jinx himself by talking about another.
Universally praised by critics and just about anyone who sees it, “(500) Days of Summer” likely will make the former “kid” on NBC’s “3rd Rock from the Sun” a legitimate romantic-comedy star.
Don’t ask the intensely private and professional Gordon-Levitt, though, whether “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” opening Aug. 7, will make him into an action hero, too. At least not just yet.
“Ah. well, that movie has nothing to do with reality,” he says, looking as uncomfortable as he sounds. “It's really just about being an archetype.”
Well, do you play a killer or a soldier, Joseph? “Ah, he’s just a future ruler of the world. It was fun, like playing with toys. It's like being a kid and playing.”
Obviously, the 28-year-old acting “veteran” is more naturally inclined to talk about the very smart “Summer,” still expanding on screens worldwide and featuring his terrific pairing with the funny Zooey Deschanel
"We've been friends for 10 years,” the outgoing Deschanel says, nodding toward her more reserved co-star. “We've even played music together -- a lot actually. Joe is a really great musician, both on drums and guitar.
“He also can do flips that you don't see in the film, but I know he can and it's insane. I mean, this man is insanely talented. It's true. Now, he's turning bright red.”
Gordon-Levitt simply smiled, as any strong, silent, heroic and romantic type might do.

For more on Joseph and Zooey, check out Sun News, where you currently can find my review of “Funny People.”

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