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'Dark Knight' Rising Star Gordon-Levitt Feels "Really Terrible" about Wallace GQ Profile

by Beth Hanna
July 18, 2012 1:44 PM
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt in "The Dark Knight Rises"

Joseph Gordon-Levitt should be smiling all the way to the bank. Reasons to be happy include Chris Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises" (July 20), which is accumulating excellent reviews (as well as spoilers) and could rival Joss Whedon's "The Avengers" at the summer box office. Sony will release his bike messenger thriller "Premium Rush" this August.  Rian Johnson's "Looper," which recently wowed Comic-Con, starring Gordon-Levitt as a young Bruce Willis, looks like a strong sci-fi action entry to complement the fall's usual Oscar bait. He's got a part in Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln." His thriving online site HitRECord has spawned a record label. He's directing his first film, which he also wrote and stars in.

Gordon-Levitt is even on the cover of the August GQ, but isn't happy about it. The in-depth profile mentions the actor's late brother, Dan, who was found unresponsive in Hollywood in 2010.

Amy Wallace's GQ piece describes Dan Gordon-Levitt's death as "an alleged drug overdose," and that all the "Dark Knight Rises" actor would say about the loss is that "it was an accident." Gordon-Levitt expressed his disappointment with the article on his Tumblr blog in a post titled "Burning Dan in GQ," and wrote that Wallace's piece made him feel "really terrible," and that "the 'allegations' to which she must be referring were made by a handful of gossip sites."


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  • Brian | August 8, 2012 1:15 PMReply

    I'd never seen Mr. Levitt before INCEPTION. I was quite impressed with him in that film and DARK KNIGHT RISES. My daughter said she had a crush on him when she was a child. Where did you see him, I asked. She said "Third Rock from the Sun" and ANGELS IN THE OUTFIELD, among others. Who knew? She did.

  • Ian | August 9, 2012 3:58 PM

    Well, watch him in Brick and The Lookout. Both amazing performances.

  • Stephen Chamberlain | July 31, 2012 5:10 PMReply

    "Was found unresponsive in Hollywood" is some weird, needlessly euphemistic wording. Took me a minute to figure out what that meant.

    @MIKE - I'm pretty sure Angels in the Outfield was the "first time a big audience saw him in a big role."

  • Alan | July 31, 2012 4:12 AMReply

    I think that Wallace had the right to print those comments about his brother. However, it was pretty cowardly to address this issue in the article, but not ask Levitt about it, beforehand. That would have been the decent thing to do.

  • Anne Thompson | July 27, 2012 1:48 PMReply

    Gordon-Levitt has been steadily working his way up the ladder from working actor to marquee movie star---two very different things. He's there now. Star means being able to put butts in seats, which very few do anymore, by the way.

  • bobby | July 28, 2012 11:22 PM

    am sorry is that a insult or what anyway i hope he feels beter soon i lost my brother to so i understand. great job and spoiler not that it matter shouldnt research a movie other than ratting but good job ROBIN XD

  • B | July 25, 2012 8:34 PMReply

    I agree with Dragonfodder. And btw: rising star? He has been around FOREVER, doing very intriguing indie films by the way! Jeez. It must be bittersweet for an actor, who has been around for so long doing intelligent films, to do one less than great superhero film and make a lot of money only to realize that most folks didn't know him before. Wow.

  • Mike | July 27, 2012 2:47 AM

    You do realize the term 'star' centers on box office & recognizability in the mainstream right? Much as he's been the darling of the cinephile world for the past decade, Inception was the first time a big audience saw him in a big role, TDKR will take that to a different level as he's arguably the second biggest part behind Bale.

  • B | July 25, 2012 8:37 PM

    But I'll assume that the author meant to enclose Rising within the rest of the "Dark Knight" quotation since that's pretty much the title of the film. Surely, after Mysterious Skin, Shadow Boxer, and 500 Days of Summer, he isn't still considered a rising star.

  • DragonFodder | July 19, 2012 3:11 AMReply

    Sensationalist media.. I think JGL really made a dignified statement in his blog, and keeps things polite, not to tarnish the memory of his brother. Well done sir!

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