Fans will know that, when it comes to Joseph Gordon-Levitt, there's definitely more than meets the eye. The actor is featured in the latest issue of GQ magazine – and confirms once more that he's the opposite of today's celebrity.
Having made his start in showbiz as a child actor, Joe is using the money, experience and connections he has today to further better himself.
He's a blogger, a producer, an activist and an artist who does his best to stay out of the spotlight unless he really has no other choice.
Joe believes that the Hollywood of yore (and the Hollywood of today as well) will be history in a few years' time, because the industry is changing, moving to bridge the gap between audiences and artists existent today.
“The entertainment business as it has been is not going to be around that much longer. The way it’s going is, there’s going to be artists, and they’ll make their [stuff], and they’ll connect to their audience, and you don’t need any of the middlemen – the studios or the agents,” he says.
Hopefully, this culture of celebrity will also disappear by then because Joe hates it passionately. He simply can't fathom why Americans (and the world in general) would fawn over celebrities the way they do.
“I really don’t like this notion that some people are more important than other people,” he says.
“These stories about these elevated people called 'celebrities' teaches you [regular, nonfamous folks] that what you have to say doesn’t matter. It’s degrading,” he says.
The same GQ piece also brings a quote from director Chris Nolan, who most recently worked with Joe on “The Dark Knight Rises,” which opens in theaters on July 20 and is, without a doubt, the most anticipated film of 2012.
“He has a tremendous charisma and that incredible kind of positivity that can’t be faked,” Nolan says of choosing Gordon-Levitt to play a young cop, sidekick to Gary Oldman's Commissioner Gordon.
“We really needed somebody with a sense of idealism to contrast with Gordon’s weariness. I thought of Joe first and foremost,” the director adds.
See the entire GQ piece here