Joseph Gordon-Levitt has had his biggest year to date, starring in the likes of The Dark Knight Rises and soon to appear in Steven Spielberg’s highly anticipated Lincoln.
He chatted to our very own Grant Lauchlan about acclaimed new sci-fi film Looper - watch the full interview in the video above.
In the movie he stars as "looper" Joe, who has been hired to kill people sent back from the future, where time travel has been invented.
Things go awry when his older self (played by Bruce Willis) is sent back for assassination by the younger Joe – and perhaps unsurprisingly doesn’t want to go quietly.
Though it might sound a complicated film, Joseph reassured Grant that it’s not.
“I understand that if you’re trying to sum it up in a paragraph, it might sound like a lot, but really it’s a basic drama,” he told us.
“Just like The Dark Knight Rises is a drama – even though it’s in the superhero genre, it’s a drama. I think Looper’s the same way.”
The actor is almost unrecognisable in the film, where he undergoes an amazing transformation to look and sound more like Willis.
“There’s nothing digital. It’s prosthetic make-up, three hours every morning in the chair, which isn’t the most comfortable thing in the world,” explained Joseph.
When pressed by Grant for details of what he had done, he replied: “A magician never reveals his secrets. But it’s a lot. Nose, lips, eyes, ears...
“There’s a lot going on to create what I think is a subtle effect. I never wanted it to be distracting, and for me to look exactly like Bruce. It’s just so it’s instantly clear to the audience, hey, these two actors are playing the same character.”
And what did he learn about Willis by trying to get under his skin for the role?
Joseph said: “Well, one thing you wouldn’t think about Bruce is that – because he’s got such a powerful presence on screen – you’d assume he’s very loud. He’s not. He’s actually quite soft-spoken, he’s just got that innate confidence and power in him.”
In the extended interview above you can also hear Joseph give Grant the lowdown on some of the terms used in the film, discusses the “badass” performance in Looper by Emily Blunt – and answers that question of whether he’ll be in the next Batman movie.
- Looper is out in cinemas today. Watch the trailer here.