A Minute With: Joseph Gordon-Levitt at Sundance

Thu Jan 28, 2010 3:38pm EST
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By Bob Tourtellotte

PARK CITY, Utah (Reuters) - Joseph Gordon-Levitt may not be a household name, yet. But it's not because he is a newcomer to Hollywood, movies or television.

Acting in commercials since he was a baby and making his way onto TV comedy "3rd Rock from the Sun" as a teenager, he has been one of the few young actors to successfully navigate the transition from child star to adult actor.

He did so by starring in wide-ranging art house fare such as "Mysterious Skin" and "Brick." His low-budget hit romance "(500) Days of Summer," which played at Sundance last year, preceded Hollywood adventure "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra."

Gordon-Levitt, 28, is back at Sundance 2010 in drama "Hesher," a meditation on grief. He talked to Reuters about the film, his career and his website, hitRECord.org.

Q: Your website says 'old media' refers to you as Joseph, but really you're just 'regular Joe.' Can we call you, 'Joe'?

A: "Please do!" (laughs)

Q: Well, is that an issue for you, being identified with that sort of lofty, actor-ish 'Joseph' vs. just being 'Joe'?

A: "It's true the traditional portrayal of an actor is one where there's this sort of barrier put up, like, look at these special, famous people. I never identified with that. I always thought it was kind of weird, even when I was a kid."   Continued...