In ‘Mr. Corman,’ Joseph Gordon-Levitt Looks Inward and Asks, ‘What If?’
Appearing finally received his coronary heart: From 2007 to 2016, he was a part of at the very least one favorably reviewed movie yearly, together with scene-stealing performances as Leonardo DiCaprio’s right-hand man in Christopher Nolan’s visually arresting “Inception” and as a younger contract killer in Rian Johnson’s 2012 time-traveling epic, “Looper.”
His collaborators are amongst Hollywood’s greatest heavyweights: Steven Spielberg, Oliver Stone, Robert Zemeckis. He added Aaron Sorkin to the checklist final 12 months by taking part in the conflicted younger prosecutor in “The Trial of the Chicago 7.”
Zemeckis, who directed Gordon-Levitt because the French high-wire artist Philippe Petit in “The Stroll” in 2015, stated that Gordon-Levitt had a singular dedication to immersion. Earlier than filming started, Gordon-Levitt skilled for eight straight days with Petit in a warehouse — and got here away having discovered find out how to stroll on a wire.
Zemeckis was flabbergasted.
“Stepping into, I had all of it deliberate,” Zemeckis stated, outlining his designs for staging Petit’s stroll between the Twin Towers of the World Commerce Heart in 1974. “We’d have stunt folks, wire-walking doubles, C.G.I. results and rigs the place the performer was truly strolling on an enormous, thick blue display screen plank that we’d then take away and put the wire underneath his ft.”
“Nevertheless it was a lot extra magnificent when he may truly do it from 12 ft up!”
Gordon-Levitt was additionally studying behind the digital camera. He directed his first characteristic movie in 2013, the romantic comedy “Don Jon,” during which he performs a pornography addict who can’t cope with the dwelling, respiration ladies who find yourself in his mattress. The movie was a crucial and industrial success — and left him with a style for extra.
However he knew he had extra to grasp.
“I’ve since grow to be extra collaborative,” he stated. “One factor I’ve seen nice administrators have in widespread is the flexibility to stability their very own imaginative and prescient with enter from others.”