A wave of shock poured over me when I hit the newsstand at work and saw my beloved JGL (or Joseph Gordon Levitt as you normal folk may know him) on the cover of Nylon Guys. I paid a few pence and was on my way home to enjoy the 3 page article that would surely give me a little insight on my favorite actor.
Now I’m no Sally Come Lately. I’ve been purchasing this man’s eclectic lineup of indie movie goodness since “Manic “in 2001. It saddens me that he is coming so dangerously close to breaking through commercially because I want to enjoy his awesomeness with only a select group of diehard JGL lovers.
While there is nothing more irritating and snarky than using the word sellout, using a phrase like “break through commercially” is pretty much the same thing. As a fan of “Mysterious Skin”, Sweet Jane” and “Latter Days”, I feel almost like I possess one of the silver screen’s biggest most talented secrets.
Then the Summer of 2009 arrived…
and a little movie named “500 Days of Summer” rocked the indie world and my precious secret was revealed. Hark my shattered heart, this commercial indie is being touted as one of the best movies of the year, a must see original take on the old romantic comedy.I was there on opening night in a sold out theater wrought with self aimed disgust. It was only 2 years ago that I sat in a similar theater watching “The Lookout” (one of the best thrillers to come out of 2007) on opening Friday with only 4 other people in the audience.
The people that referred to Levitt as the “10 things I hate about you guy..not Heath..the other guy..” and ” oh you mean that kid from 3rd Rock?” knew his name and jumped all over it. My bandwagon is now over run with newcomers. Then to make matters worse, 2 weeks later he stars as the most charismatic bad guy in the August blockbuster “G.I. Joe”. Now I’m fighting little kids in Target to get my hands on a Cobra Commander action figure. My cuppeth runneth over.
Finally I had my very own rude awakening. How dare I insist on keeping Levitt to myself! How dare I even mildly suggest that this talented actor is ready to sign up to become Shia Labeouf’s long lost older brother in Transformers 3! I hate exclamation marks, a thousand pardons. Joseph Gordon Levitt can and will make any movie he wants and I hope he continues to do so. I don’t care if he’s staring at a jar of grape jelly for 2 hours, I’d never get bored watching him do it. He is always the best part of any movie I’ve seen him in and if he has to make “G.I. Joe” to make some money so he can get paid scale for his next 20 super indies then who am I to question any of it?
I know who I am. A person that’s gonna stick my one of my favorite actors until he gives me a reason to walk. Most importantly, I am a person who will never use the word sell out because I’m a 26 year old struggling artist, not a snot nose 14 year old talking about the commercialization of punk music. JGL is the one of the best actors of my generation and I plan on enjoying every moment of his rise. Vive La Levitt.