Willis, Gordon-Levitt and Blunt discuss the ‘unique and singular’ Looper

Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Emily Blunt had the honour of walking the Toronto International Film Festival's first red carpet for their new sci-fi thriller Looper - they told us about the highly anticipated sci-fi action movie that centres around time travel.

The film’s inclusion was a unique choice by programmers, and one that was lauded by the cast.

"I think it's so unique, sort of singular and those are the kinds of movies that people want to see at film festivals," said Blunt.

"That's what's great about film festivals. You see the movies that are carving out completely new space for themselves."

Looper written and directed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt's close friend Riann Johnson, is set in Kansas in 2042.

Gordon-Levitt plays a hitman who kills for the mob. But not the mob of 2042. The mob that exists 30 years in the future, when time travel is a reality. Think of it as a very convenient way for the criminal underworld to dispose of bodies.

When Bruce Willis is sent back in time and Gordon-Levitt realizes he's been assigned to kill his future self, things really get trippy.

"It's a big, fun, action movie, but it's also something for people who truly love movies," said Gordon-Levitt.

"It's not just some disposable entertainment. And I think people who come to this festival are really cinephiles, like I am."

Willis was a man of few words on the red carpet, but he did address the question of the movie's violent gunplay in light of this summer's tragic shootings at a screening of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colorado.

"It's an emotional film, it's a romantic film, there's violence in it – it's like the world," said Willis.

  • Looper opens September 28 in the US and UK.

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