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#Sundance: Hesher's Gordon-Levitt is on a Roll

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood January 25, 2010 at 2:00AM

Joseph Gordon-Levitt is on a roll.
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt is on a roll.

A year ago he charmed Sundance in (500) Days of Summer, which went on to be a summer hit and earned him a Golden Globe nomination. He displayed his comedy--and dancing--chops on Saturday Night Live. He swung between studio and indie fare, playing a weird villain in G.I. Joe and a man in love in two alternative narratives in indie title Uncertainty. He completed work on Chris Nolan's Inception. And at Sundance, while response to for-sale title Hesher has been mixed, Gordon-Levitt won raves in the title role of a long-haired, tattooed, violent anarchist hedonist who acts like he doesn't care about anything. At this year's fest, the actor is also functioning as a producer. He explains that and why he wanted to star in Hesher in a two-part interview, below:

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This article is related to: Festivals, Independents, Video, Sundance, Interviews

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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.