Joseph Gordon-Levitt: “If you have to say something substantially, do it with a sense of humor”

Former child actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt (b. 1981) began acting at the age of six with small roles in commercials and television, before turning into a leading actor and film director. He become known at age fifteen when he starred as Tommy Solomon in the TV series “3rd Rock from the Sun” (1996); it earned him two Hollywood Reporter Young Star Awards, although he had won his first award, The Young Artist Award, two years earlier, as Best Actor Under Ten in a Motion Picture for his role in Robert Redford’s “A River Runs Through It.”

Praised and honored all through his career, he followed in the footsteps of his maternal grandfather when he directed his first feature “Don Jon.” Grandfather Michael Gordon (1909-1993), a successful studio film director whose career was severely interrupted by the Hollywood blacklist, managed to return after a long hiatus with box office hits such as two Doris Day comedies “Pillow Talk” (1959) and “Move Over, Darling” (1963), and the Western “Texas Across the River” (1966) with Dean Martin and French actor Alain Delon.

Grandson Joseph Gordon-Levitt worked his way up from supporting actor to a leading man; his recent screen credits include playing Abraham Lincoln’s son Robert in Steven Spielberg’s Oscar-nominated “Lincoln” (2012) and he stars as Edward Snowden in Oliver Stone’s “Snowden” (2015).

Mr. Gordon-Levitt was a guest of honor at the 2013 Ghent Festival to promote the comedy-drama “Don Jon” starring himself as Don Jon, a modern-day Don Juan, with Scarlett Johansson and Julianne Moore in the leading female roles. Reportedly, the film was originally certified NC-17 in the U.S. due to some explicit porn that Jon watches. He decided to remove some of the most graphic scenes to qualify for an R rating to prevent the audience from thinking that the movie was about porn.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt came over to Ghent to introduce the film at a press conference prior to a screening of “Don Jon.”

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A poster of Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s “Don Jon”

“Don Jon” is a film about serious topics. What made you decide to almost turn it into a comedy?

I think that if you have to say something substantially, do it with a sense of humor. I really wanted “Don Jon” to be a movie that would say something, and people who watched it, would come out of the theater and be having conversations, so that it would ignite debates. A lot of the movies I like are comedies, like “Doctor Strangelove” [1964], or Hal Ashby films like “Harold and Maude” [1971], “Shampoo” [1975], and “Being There” [1979]. These are movies that have a lot to say, but do so with a sense of humor.

Why did you shoot the movie in the suburbs and not in the city?

Well, I am from the suburbs of LA—the San Fernando Valley—which is the West Coast equivalent of New Jersey [laughs]. A lot of romantic comedies are often set in places like Manhattan or London, and I wanted this movie to be set in a normal American middle-income place.

Do you think the ending of the film is realistic? Because I thought it was rather optimistic that Don Jon would find a woman who could change him just like that.

Well, I don’t think his mind is completely changed at the end. But I think he is beginning to open up. And is it optimistic? Yes, it is optimistic. I like to think that people can change for the better. Traditionally, the Don Juan story is a tragedy where he—in the Molière version of the play—is destroyed by his sins and his shortcomings. I really do like to think that people can change, even someone as close-minded as Jon, and it’s trough our relationships, through our interactions with other people, that we do begin to change. At the end of the movie, I really didn’t want to see someone who is completely different, and he’s not—he still talks like he talks, and he still kind of is who he is—but you’re beginning to see him taking the first baby steps. So that’s how people change: in baby steps.

To what extent do you think internet media have an impact on our relationships?

I think all sorts of different media have quite an impact on the way that we relate to each other when it comes to love, sex, and all sorts of things. I think pornography can have an impact; movies can have an impact, just like television shows, commercials, and everything else. There are a lot of conversations, it seems, going on these days about pornography in particular, and I would really encourage us to expand that conversation to our entire media. Because I think often the sentiment is the same, whether it’s a commercial using a hot chick in a bikini to sell a hamburger or a clip of pornography: you’re taking a person and just reducing her to a thing, an object.

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Daniel Day-Lewis is Abraham Lincoln in Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln”

How important was casting for you?

I once heard that casting is ninety percent of directing, so casting is very important. Once that Scarlett [Johansson] and Julie [Julianna Moore], Tony [Danza], Brie [Larson], once all the actors were in place, there’s only so much that the director has to do. A lot of my favorite directors I have worked for, once they cast the person that they want, they have a pretty light touch, although they still have their specific things that they’re looking for. Steven Spielberg is an example of that [they made “Lincoln,” 2012], Christopher Nolan [two films together: ”Inception,” 2010; “The Dark Knight Rises,” 2012] and Rian Johnson [three films: “Brick,” 2005; “The Brothers Bloom,” 2008; “Looper,” 2012]. In “Don Jon,” all I can say is that the actors were all pretty collaborative. More than being like a boss, I was just sort of the ambassador to the rest of the crew. We actors were kind of doing our thing and helping each other find these real moments of sincerity and humor, and then it was my job just to make sure that the cameras were in the right place and that we were going to be able to tell the story from a technical standpoint as well.

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Announcing “Inception” (2010) directed by Christopher Nolan, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Tom Berenger, Michael Caine, Lukas Haas and Pete Postlethwaite

I always have the impression that it is very difficult to play the leading role and direct yourself. What was it like for you?

Well, I made a lot of short films and videos in the past. I’m thirty-two now, and from my twenty-first birthday, I started shooting things, often shooting myself, put it on the computer, cutting it up, and putting music to it, just to see what I got. I became accustomed to the sight of my own face and the sound of my own voice, and that’s very important. It’s very normal for an actor, and I remember feeling this way earlier to being a little worried about the sight of my own face and the sound of my own voice, but just by repetition and doing it so many times, I think I got used to it, so I was able to be productive and objective.

What is the most important lesson you learned from directing this film?

Well, all three directors I worked for, and that I just mentioned, they all have a very great ability to balance, having a thorough plan, and they’re also spontaneous—that’s the question you get all day long as a director, ‘Okay, this is the plan, but now here’s this new idea, what should we do?’ Neither one of those answers is always right; it’s always based on a case-by-case basis. If you always stay married to your plan, you might end up with something that is sort of stale, but if you are too easily seduced by new ideas and never stick to your plan, then you might end with something that lacks a strong singular vision. So watching Steven, Chris, and Rian making those decisions all day long taught me a lot. They are my mentors. I remember I showed my first draft to Rian, and he was enormously helpful. Christopher Nolan, I talked to him about it before; while we were shooting “The Dark Knight Rises” [2012], I was finishing up the script and getting the production going in. What was cool is that he started asking me questions, which was very characteristic. He’s a very understated guy. What he could have done was, ‘Oh, how good for you! You’re going to make a movie, that’s great!’ But instead, what he asked, was, ‘Okay, you’re making a movie? What kind of budget do you need? You want to make it independently, or are you gonna have the studios do it? What city do you want to shoot in?’ He was just asking me all of these questions. That gave me an enormous lot of confidence: he was taking me seriously. Jonathan Levine, who made “50/50” [2011] came in, and watched a rough cut. Seth Rogen also did, so that was very interesting.

Do you plan to combine acting and directing in the future?

Oh yes, I hope so. I want to do a wide variety of things, so I hope I can do it again.

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Scarlet Johansson in “Don Jon”

Why did you choose this picture to be your first feature as a filmmaker?

“Don Jon” is a movie about how the media influences our heads and our perspective on things. I have been working as an actor since I was a kid, so I’ve always paid a lot of attention to the impact that what we see on the screen has on our perspective of things. It’s something that I thought about a lot. So I think that when it came down to sit down and write a story, this is what I was focused on.

Do you want to show with this film that the classic romantic comedy isn’t more than just a fantasy?

I think the movie sort of seduces the audience down the road that they’ve been down before. In a way, it promises something, and then takes a turn and pulls the rug out from under your feet and hopefully holds up a mirror and says, ‘Look what you’re expecting, look at what you wanted. Did you really want that? Is that any better?’ I remember that one of the movies Scarlett and I spoke about early on was “Le mépris” [1963] by Jean-Luc Godard. In that movie, the audience is similarly sort of seduced by these gorgeous, classic, beautiful images of Brigitte Bardot, and then he kind of slaps you in the face, holds up a mirror and says, ‘Look at how you regarded this woman!’ It makes you kind of aware of what you’re doing, and that’s what I was trying to do with these classical, beautiful images of Scarlett, and the traditional Hollywood sort of sounds and scenes of a Hollywood romance, lure the audience in, and then hopefully hold up a mirror and say, ‘Why? Why are you interested?’

Film Fest Ghent, Ghent (Belgium)
October 17, 2013

“Don Jon” (2015, trailer)


BEETHOVEN (1992) DIR Brian Levant PROD Joe Medjuck, Michael C. Gross SCR Edmond Dantès [John Hughes], Amy Holden Jones CAM Victor J. Kemper MUS Randy Edelman ED Sheldon Kahn, William D. Gordean CAST Charles Grodin, Bonnie Hunt, Dean Jones, Nicholle Thom, Christopher Castle, Oliver Platt, Stanley Tucci, Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Student No. 1)

A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT (1992) DIR Robert Redford PROD Robert Redford, Patrick Markey, Amalio Mato SCR Richard Friedenberg (story by Norman Maclean) CAM Philippe Rousselot MUS Mark Isham ED Robert Estrin, Lynzee Klingman CAST Craig Sheffer, Brad Pitt, Tom Skerritt, Brenda Blethyn, Emily Lloyd, Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Young Norman)

HOLY MATRIMONY (1994) DIR Leonard Nimoy PROD David Madden, William Stuart, Diane Nabatoff SCR David Weisberg, Douglas Cook CAM Bobby Bukowski MUS Bruce Broughton ED Peter E. Berger CAST Patricia Arquette, Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Ezekiel), Armin Mueller-Stahl, Tate Donovan, John Schuck, Lois Smith, Courtney B. Vance

THE ROAD KILLERS (1994) DIR Deran Sarafian PROD John Flock, Lance Hool SCR Tedi Sarafian CAM James L. Carter MUS Les Hooper ED Peck Prior CAST Christophe Lambert, Craig Sheffer, David Arquette, Josh Brolin, Michelle Forbes, Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Rich), Michael Greene, Alexondra Lee, Richard C. Sarafian, Adrienne Shelly, Richard C. Sarafian, Jr.

ANGELS IN THE OUTFIELD (1994) DIR William Dear PROD Roger Birnbaum, Joe Roth, Irby Smith SCR Dorothy Kingsley, George Wells, Holly Goldberg Sloan (screenplay of Clarence Brown’s ANGELS IN THE OUTFIELD [1951] by Dorothy Kingsley, George Wells; story by Richard Conlin) CAM Matthew F. Leonetti MUS Randy Edelman ED Bruce Green CAST Danny Glover, Brenda Fricker, Tony Danza, Christopher Lloyd, Ben Johnson, Jay O. Sanders, Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Roger Bomman), Adrien Brody, Matthew McConaughey

THE JUROR (1996) DIR Brian Gibson PROD Irwin Winkler, Rob Cowan SCR Ted Tally (novel by George Dawes Green) CAM Louis DiGiaimo MUS James Newton Howard ED Robert Reitano CAST Demi Moore, Alec Baldwin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Oliver), Anne Heche, James Gandolfini, Lindsay Crouse, Tony Lo Bianco, Michael Constantine, Matt Craven

SWEET JANE (1998) DIR – SCR Joe Gayton PROD Clark Hunter, W.K. Border CAM Greg Littlewood MUS Walter Werzowa ED Jennifer Lane CAST Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Tony), Samantha Mathis, Kimberly Scott, Derek Webster, Nicki Micheaux, Phil Fondacaro, Bud Cort, Barbara Pilavin

HALLOWEEN H20: 20 YEARS LATER (1998) DIR Steve Miner PROD Paul Freeman SCR Robert Zappia, Matt Greenberg (story by Robert Zappia; characters created by John Carpenter, Debra Hill) CAM Daryn Okada MUS Jeremy Sweet, John Ottman ED Patrick Lussier CAST Jamie Lee Curtis, Josh Hartnett, Michelle Williams, Adam Arkin, Janet Leigh, Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Jimmy), LL Cool J, Branden Williams, Steve Miner

10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU (1999) DIR Gil Junger PROD Andrew Lazar SCR Karen McCullah, Kirsten Smith (play ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ by William Shakespeare’) CAM Mark Irwin MUS Richard Gibbs ED O. Nicholas Brown CAST Heath Ledger, Julia Stiles, Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Cameron James), Larisa Oleynik, David Krumholtz, Andrew Keegan, Gil Junger

PICKING UP THE PIECES (2000) DIR Alfonso Arau PROD Paul L. Sandberg SCR Bill Wilson CAM Vittorio Storaro MUS Ruy Folguera ED Michael R. Miller CAST Woody Allen, Sharon Stone, Maria Grazia Cucinotta, Cheech Marin, David Schwimmer, Kiefer Sutherland, Alfonso Arau, Danny De Le Paz, Fran Drescher, Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Flaco), Elliott Gould, Barbara Pilavin

FOREVER LULU (2000) DIR – SCR John Kaye PROD John Thompson, Abra Edelman, Boaz Davidson CAM Dion Beede MUS Serge Colbert ED Alain Jakubowicz CAST Melanie Griffith, Patrick Swayze, Penelope Ann Miller, Richard Schiff, Annie Corley, Michael J. Pollard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Martin Ellsworth)

MANIAC (2001) DIR Jordan Melamed PROD Trudi Callon, Kirk Hassig SCR Blayne Weaver, Michael Bacall CAM Nicholas Hay MUS David Wingo, Michael Linnen ED Gloria Rosa Vela, Madeleine Gavin CAST Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Lyle), Michael Bacall, Zooey Deschanel, Don Cheadle, Maggie Baird, Blayne Weaver, Michael Bacall

TREASURE PLANET (2002, animated) DIR Ron Clements, John Musker PROD Ron Clements, John Musker, Roy Conli SCR Ron Clements, John Musker, Rob Edwards (animation story by Ron Clements, Ted Musker, Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio; novel ‘Treasure Island’ by Robert Louis Stevenson) MUS James Newton Howard ED Michael Kelly CAST (voices only) Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Jim Hawkins), Emma Thompson, Martin Short, Roscoe Lee Browne, Patrick McGoohan,

LATTER DAYS (2003) DIR – SCR C. Jay Cox PROD Kirkland Tibbels CAM Carl Bartels MUS Erik Allaman ED John Keitel CAST Steve Sandvoss, Wes Ramsey, Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Elder Paul Ryder), Rebekah Jordan, Amber Benson, Khary Payton, Jacqueline Bisset

MYSTERIOUS SKIN (2004) DIR – ED Gregg Araki PROD Gregg Araki, Mary Jane Skalski SCR Gregg Araki (novel by Scott Heim) CAM Steve Gainer MUS Harold Budd, Robin Guthrie CAST Brady Corbet, Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Neil), Elisabeth Shue, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Michelle Trachtenberg, Jeffrey Licon

BRICK (2005) DIR – SCR Rian Johnson PROD Ram Bergman, Mark G. Mathis SCR CAM Steve Yedlin MUS Nathan Johnson CAST Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Brendan), Lukas Haas, Emilie de Ravin, Richard Roundtree, Noah Fleiss, Nora Zehetner, Matt O’Leary

SHADOWBOXER (2005) DIR Lee Daniels PROD Lee Daniels, Lisa Cortes, Damon Dash, Brook Lenfest SCR Will Rokos CAM M. David Mullen MUS Mario Grigorov ED William Chang, Brian A. Kates CAST Helen Mirren, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Stephen Dorff, Vanessa Ferlito, Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Dr. Don), Mo’Nique, Matt Higgins, Lee Daniels

HAVOC (2005) DIR Barbara Kopple PROD John Morissey, Jack F. Murphy, Stewart Hall SCR Stephen Gaghan (story by Stephen Gaghan, Jessica Kaplan) CAM Kramer Morgenthau MUS Cliff Martinez ED Nancy Baker, Gerald B. Greenberg CAST Anne Hathaway, Bijou Phillips, Shiri Appleby, Michael Biehn, Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Sam), Matt O’Leary, Freddy Rodriguez, Laura San Giacomo, Channing Tatum, Sam Bottoms

THE LOOKOUT (2007) DIR – SCR Scott Frank PROD Gary Barber, Roger Birnbaum, Laurence Mark CAM Alar Kivilo MUS James Newton Howard ED Jill Savitt CAST Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Chris Pratt), Jeff Daniels, Matthew Goode, Isla Fisher, Carla Gugino, Bruce McGill, Alberta Watson, Alex Bornstein

STOP-LOSS (2008) DIR Kimberly Peirce PROD Kimberly Pierce, Gregory Goodman, Scott Rudin, Mark Roybal SCR Katherine Peirce [Kimberly Peirce], Mark Richard CAM Chris Menges MUS John Powell ED Claire Simpson CAST Ryan Philippe, Abbie Cornish, Channing Tatum, Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Tommy Burgess), Victor Rasuk, Quay Terry, Matthew Scott Wilcox, Josef Sommer, Laurie Metcalf

MIRACLE AT ST. ANNA (2008) DIR Spike Lee PROD Spike Lee, Roberto Cicutto, Luigi Musini SCR James McBride (also novel) CAM Matthew Libatique MUS Terence Blanchard ED Barry Alexander Brown CAST Derek Luke, Michael Ealy, Laz Alonso, Omar Benson Miller, Pierfrancesco Favino, Valentina Cervi, John Torturro, Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Tim Boyle), Kerry Washington

UNCERTAINTY (2008) DIR – PROD – SCR Scott McGehee, David Siegel CAM Rain Li MUS Peter Nashel ED Paul Zucker CAST Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Bobby), Lynn Collins, Assumpta Serna, Olivia Thirlby, Louis Arcella, Nelson Landrieu, Manoel Felciano

THE BROTHERS BLOOM (2008) DIR – SCR Rian Johnson PROD James D. Stern, Ram Bergman CAM Steve Yedlin MUS Nathan Johnson ED Gabriel Wrye CAST Rachel Weisz, Adrien Brody, Mark Ruffalo, Rinko Kikuchi, Robbie Coltrane, Maximilian Schell, Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Bar Patron, uncredited)

KILLSHOT (2008) DIR John Madden PROD Lawrence Bender, Richard N. Gladstein SCR Hossein Amani (novel by Elmore Leonard) CAM Caleb Deschanel MUS Klaus Badelt ED Lisa Gunning, Mick Audsley CAST Thomas Jane, Diane Lane, Mickey Rourke, Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Richie Nix), Rosario Dawson, Alexis Butler, Hal Holbrook

(500) DAYS OF SUMMER (2009) DIR Marc Webb PROD Mason Brooks, Steven J. Wolfe, Jessica Tuchinsky, Mark Waters SCR Scott Neustadter, Michael H. Weber CAM Eric Steelberg MUS Rob Simonsen, Mychael Danna ED Eyde Belasco CAST Zooey Deschanel, Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Tom), Geoffrey Arend, Chloë Grace Moretz, Matthew Gray Gubler, Clark Gregg, Patricia Belcher

WOMEN IN TROUBLE (2009) DIR – PROD – SCR Sebastian Gutierrez CAM Cale Finot MUS Robyn Hitchcock ED Lisa Bromwell, Michelle Tereso CAST Carla Gugino, Connie Britton, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Marley Shelton, Adrienne Palicki, Simon Baker, Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Bert Rodriguez)

G.I. JOE: THE RISE OF THE COBRA (2009) DIR Stephen Sommers PROD Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Brian Goldner, Bob Ducsay SCR Stuart Beattie, David Elliott, Paul Lovett (story by Michael B. Gordon, Stephen Sommers, Stuart Beattie) CAM Mitchell Amundsen MUS Alan Silvestri ED Jim May, Kelly Matsumoto, Bob Ducsay CAST Channing Tatum, Sienna Miller, Marlon Wayans, Ray Park, Rachel Nichols, Byung-hun Lee, Joseph Gordon-Levitt (The Doctor / Rex), Jonathan Pryce, Dennis Quaid, Brendan Fraser

HESHER (2011) DIR Spencer Russer PROD Natalie Portman, Spencer Susser, Scott Prisand, Johnny Lin, Win Sheridan SCR Spencer Russin, David Michôd (story by Brian Charles Frank) CAM Morgan Susser MUS François Tétaz ED Spencer Susser, Michael McCusker CAST Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Hesher), Natalie Portman, Rainn Wilson, Piper Laurie, Devin Brochu, John Carroll Lynch

ELEKTRA LUXX (2010) DIR – PROD Sebastian Gutierrez SCR Sebastian Gutierrez (also characters) CAM Cale Finot ED Lisa Bromwell CAST Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Bert Rodriguez), Carla Gugino, Ermahn Ospina, Jake Hames, Kathleen Quinlan, Melissa Stephens, Susie Goliti, Gabriel Gutierrez, Julianna Moore

INCEPTION (2010) DIR – SCR Christopher Nolan PROD Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas CAM Wally Pfister MUS Hans Zimmer ED Lee Smith CAST Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Arthur), Marion Cotillard, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Tom Berenger, Michael Caine, Lukas Haas, Pete Postlethwaite

50/50 (2011) DIR Jonathan Levine PROD Seth Rogen, Ben Karlin, Evan Goldberg SCR Will Reiser CAM Terry Stacey MUS Michael Giacchino ED Zene Baker CAST Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Adam), Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick, Bryce Dallas Howard, Anjelica Huston, Serge Houde, Philip Baker Hall

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES (2012) DIR Christopher Nolan PROD Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas, Charles Roven SCR Christopher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan (story by Christopher Nolan, David S. Goyer; characters created by Bob Kane) CAM Wally Pfister MUS Hans Zimmer ED Lee Smith CAST Christian Bale, Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Blake), Anne Hathaway, Marion Cotillard, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Matthew Modine

PREMIUM RUSH (2012) DIR David Koepp PROD Gavin Polone SCR David Koepp, John Kamps CAM Mitchell Amundsen MUS David Sardy ED Jill Savitt, Derek Ambrosi CAST Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Wilee), Michael Shannon, Dania Ramirez, Sean Kennedy, Kimberly Perfetto, Anthony Chisholm, Ashley Austin Morris, Wolé Parks

LOOPER (2012) DIR – SCR Rian Johnson PROD Ram Bergman, James D. Stern EXEC PROD Joseph Gordon-Levitt CAM Steve Yedlin MUS Nathan Johnson ED Bob Ducsay CAST Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Joe), Emily Blunt, Paul Dano, Noah Segan, Piper Perabo, Jeff Daniels, Pierce Gagnon

LINCOLN (2012) DIR Steven Spielberg PROD Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy SCR Tony Kushner (book by Doris Dearns Goodwin) CAM Janusz Kaminski MUS John Williams ED Michael Kahn CAST Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn, Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Robert Lincoln), James Spader, Hal Holbrook, Tommy Lee Jones, John Hawkes, Jackie Earle Haley, Bruce McGill, Lukas Haas

DON JON (2013) DIR – SCR Joseph Gordon-Levitt PROD Ram Bergman CAM Thomas Kloss MUS Nathan Johnson ED Lauren Zuckerman CAST Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Jon), Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore, Tony Danza, Glenne Headly, Brie Larson, Rob Brown, Jeremy Luke, Anne Hathaway, Channing Tatum, Meagan Good, Cuba Gooding, Jr.

THE WIND RISES, English-language version of KAZA TACHINU (2013, animated) DIR Hayao Miyazaki PROD Toshio Suzuki (Geoffrey Wexler, English-language version) SCR Hayao Miyazaki (Mike Jones, English-language version) MUS Joe Hisaishi CAST (for English-language version, voice only) Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Jirô Horikoshi), John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Martin Short, Stanley Tucci, Mandy Patinkin, Mae Whitman, Werner Herzog, Jennifer Grey, William H. Macy, Elijah Wood

SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR (2014) DIR Robert Rodriguez, Frank Miller PROD Robert Rodriguez, Sergei Bespalov, Aaron Kaufman, Stephen L’Heureux, Mark C. Manuel, Alexander Rodnyansky SCR Frank Miller CAM – ED Robert Rodriguez MUS Robert Rodriguez, Carl Thiel CAST Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Johnny), Rosario Dawson, Bruce Willis, Eva Green, Powers Boothe, Ray Liotta, Christopher Lloyd, Juno Temple, Stacy Keach, Lady Gaga,

THE INTERVIEW (2014) DIR Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg PROD Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, James Weaver SCR Dan Sterling (story by Seth Rogen, Dan Sterling, Evan Goldberg) CAM Brandon Trost MUS Henry Jackman ED Zene Baker, Evan Henke CAST Seth Rogen, James Franco, Kizzy Caplan, Randall Park, Diana Bang, Timothy Simons, Reese Alexander, Eminem, Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Joseph Gordon-Levitt, uncredited), Rob Lowe

THE WALK (2015) DIR Robert Zemeckis PROD Robert Zemeckis, Jack Rapke, Tom Rothman, Steve Starkey SCR Robert Zemeckis, Christopher Browne (book ‘To Reach the Clouds’ by Philippe Petit) CAM Dariusz Wolski MUS Alan Silvestri ED Jeremiah Shohan CAST Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Philippe Petit), Charlotte Le Bon, Ben Kingsley, James Badge Dale, Ben Schwartz, Steve Valentine, Sergio Di Zio

X-MAS (2015) DIR Jonathan Levine PROD Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, James Weaver SCR Jonathan Levine, Evan Goldberg, Kyle Hunter, Ariel Shaffir CAM Brandon Trost ED Zene Baker CAST Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Ethan), Seth Rogen, Miley Cyrus, Lizzy Caplan, Kanye West, Michael Shannon

SNOWDEN (2015) DIR Oliver Stone PROD Fernando Sulichin, Philip Schulz-Deyle, Eric Kopeloff, Moritz Borman SCR Oliver Stone, Kieran Fitzgerald (book ‘The Snowden Files’ by Luke Harding; book ‘Time of the Octopus’ by Anatoly Kucherena) CAM Anthony Dod Mantle MUS Craig Armstrong ED Alex Marquez CAST Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Edward Snowden), Nicolas Cage, Joely Richardson, Scott Eastwood, Rhys Ifans, Tom Wilkinson, Melissa Leo


STRANGER ON MY MIND (1988) DIR Larry Elikann PROD Michael Barnathan TELEPLAY Edward Hume, I.C. Rapoport (story by Edward Hume) CAM Laszlo George MUS Ron Ramin ED Peter V. White CAST Tommy Lee Jones, Richard Anderson, Dee Wallace Stone, Barry Corbin, Ben Johnson, Pat Hingle, Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Rounder)

SETTLE THE SCORE (1989) DIR Edwin Sherin PROD Bob Markell TELEPLAY Steve Sohmer CAM Anthony B. Richmond MUS Mark Snow ED William B. Stitch CAST Jaclyn Smith, Jeffrey DeMunn, Louise Latham, Howard Duff, Richard Masur, Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Justin)

CHANGES (1991) DIR Charles Jarrot PROD Hugh Benson TELEPLAY Susan Nanus (novel by Danielle Steel) CAM Chuck Arnold MUS Lee Holdridge ED Michael S. McLean CAST Cheryl Ladd, Michael Nouri, Chris Gartin, Randee Heller, Cynthia Bain, Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Matt Hallam)

HI HONEY – I’M DEAD (1991) DIR Alan Myerson PROD Paul Rudnick TELEPLAY Carl Kleinschmitt CAM James Hayman MUS Roger Bellon ED Gary Karr CAST Curtis Armstrong, Catherine Hicks, Kevin Conroy, Robert Briscoe Evans, Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Josh Stadler), Harvey Jason

PLYMOUTH (1991) DIR – TELEPLAY Lee David Zlotoff PROD Ian Sandler CAM Hiro Narita MUS Brad Fiedel ED O. Nicholas Brown, John W. Wheeler CAST Cindy Pickett, Richard Hamilton, Perrey Reeves, Matt Brown, Jerry Hardin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Simon)

GREGORY K (1993) DIR – PROD Linda Otto TELEPLAY Sharon Elizabeth Doyle CAM Judy Irola MUS James McVay ED Ron Wisman CAST Bill Smitrovich, Kathleen York, Robert Joy, Kristin Griffith, Joyce Rheeling, Geoffrey Bowes, Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Gregory Kingsley)

THE GREAT ELEPHANT ESCAPE (1995) DIR George Miller PROD Njeri Karago TELEPLAY John Sweet, Christopher Canaan CAM Ronald Lauture MUS Bruce Rowland ED Ron Wisman CAST Stehanie Zimbalist, Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Matthew), Leo Burmester, Frederick M’Cormac, Julian Sands, David Mulwa