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

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood July 18, 2012 at 1:44PM

Joseph Gordon-Levitt isn't happy about his August profile piece in GQ. The in-depth article mentions the actor's late brother, Dan, who was found unresponsive in a Hollywood home in 2010.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt in "The Dark Knight Rises"
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."

This article is related to: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, The Dark Knight Rises, Looper

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.