THE NIGHT BEFORE
JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT (Ethan) currently stars in The Walk, Robert Zemeckis'
feature adaptation of the book To Reach the Clouds, written by high-wire artist
Philippe Petit, who successfully walked a tightrope between the Twin Towers in
1974. Next year, he will star in Oliver Stone's Snowden, in which he plays
Edward Snowden, the American who fled to Russia after leaking classified
Gordon-Levitt's additional film credits include the following: Don Jon, opposite
Scarlett Johansson and Julianne Moore, his feature film directorial debut, which
he also wrote (Independent Spirit Award-nominee for Best First Screenplay); the
English-language version of Hayao Miyazaki's Academy Award-nominated animated
feature The Wind Rises, for which he provided the voice of lead character Jiro
Horikoshi; Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame To Kill For, in
which he played Johnny, a character Miller created for the film; Steven
Spielberg's Oscar-nominated film Lincoln with Daniel Day-Lewis and Sally Field;
Looper, for which he reunited with his Brick director, Rian Johnson, and starred
opposite Bruce Willis and Emily Blunt; The Dark Knight Rises, Christopher
Nolan's third and final installment in the Batman series (People's Choice Award
nomination for Favorite Movie Actor); Premium Rush, directed by David Koepp;
50/50, directed by Jonathan Levine and also starring Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick
and Bryce Dallas Howard, for which he received a Golden Globe nomination;
Christopher Nolan's Academy Award-nominated action-drama Inception, also
starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Marion Cotillard and Ellen Page; Hesher, directed by
Spencer Susser with Natalie Portman and Rainn Wilson (Sundance Film Festival
2010); Marc Webb's (500) Days Of Summer, also starring Zooey Deschanel, for
which he received Golden Globe, Independent Spirit Award and People's Choice
Award nominations; the global action hit G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra for
director Stephen Sommers; Spike Lee's World War II drama Miracle At St. Anna;
the controversial drama Stop-Loss, in which he starred with Ryan Phillippe under
the direction of Kimberly Peirce; and the crime drama The Lookout, which marked
Scott Frank's directorial debut. In addition, Gordon-Levitt has received
widespread praise for his performances in such independent features as John
Madden's Killshot with Diane Lane and Mickey Rourke; Lee Daniels' Shadowboxer;
Rian Johnson's award-winning debut film, Brick; Mysterious Skin for
writer/director Gregg Araki; and Manic with Don Cheadle. He also adapted the
Elmore Leonard short story Sparks into a 24-minute short film that he directed
(Sundance Film Festival 2009).
Early in his career, Gordon-Levitt won a Young Artist Award for his first major
role, in Robert Redford's drama A River Runs Through It. He went on to co-star
in Angels in the Outfield, The Juror, Halloween H20, and 10 Things I Hate About
Gordon-Levitt is also well known to television audiences for his starring role
on NBC's award-winning comedy series "3rd Rock from the Sun." During his six
seasons on the show, he won two YoungStar Awards and also shared in three Screen
Actors Guild Award nominations for Outstanding Performance by a Comedy Series
Ensemble. Following the series, Gordon-Levitt took a short break from acting to
attend Columbia University.
Gordon-Levitt founded and directs hitRECord, an open collaborative production.
hitRECord creates and develops art and media collectively using their website
where anyone with an internet connection can upload their records, download and
remix others' records, and work on projects together. When the results of these
RECords are produced and make money, hitRECord splits the profits 50/50 with
everybody who contributed to the final production. hitRECord has published
books, put out records, gone on tour and has screened their work at major
festivals including Sundance and TIFF.
Most recently, hitRECord's community of over 350,000 artists completed the
second season of their Emmy Award-winning series "HitRECord on TV with Joseph
Gordon-Levitt," a half hour variety program which included short films, live
performances, music, animation, conversation, and more.
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