Reasons Why Joseph Gordon-Levitt is the Web's Favorite Star of the Moment
By Moviefone Editors Posted Aug 8th 2010 03:00PM
With his turn as the 'Point Man' in the summer hit 'Inception,' fans of "JGL" are becoming increasingly vocal about their love for the actor. His character in the film, who wears dashing three-piece suits and kicks serious ass in dreamworld zero gravity, has also garnered him a bevy of new fans.
Sure, he's always been a good actor -- but suddenly, the World Wide Web seems to be totally under his spell. Could Gordon-Levitt be the Internet's new boyfriend?
Here, our friend Gabrielle Dunn presents some evidence that Gordon-Levitt has sneakily been the most awesome person in Hollywood all along.
He runs an online production company, HitRECord.org
Gordon-Levitt has been running his own production company for years -- and it's brilliant. HitRECord.org allows users to upload art, music, videos, text or other creative projects and collaborate with others on the site to make "RECords" or projects together.
Products from HitRECord have screened at Sundance, and some have even starred Gordon-Levitt and fellow actor Channing Tatum. Gordon-Levitt doesn't only run the company, he has his own account and regularly contributes songs and artwork with the 10,000 other users under the username "RegularJoe." Indeed.
Browse the site -- whose membership has doubled in the last few weeks -- and prepare to be blown away by all the talent JGL's company has gathered on the web.
Links: Joseph Gordon-Levitt Wants to Work With (And Pay) Creative Cats Around the World
He's a big goofball in interviews
Everyone knows that fan sites are rabid to pick up on any remotely amusing interview a celebrity does and Gordon-Levitt definitely makes sure his are all YouTube-worthy.
While taping 'The Late Show with David Letterman,' for example, Gordon-Levitt rolled around 53rd Street in New York City in a giant plastic bubble, while wearing a suit no less. If that's not worth a repeated viewing, we don't know what is.
He understands and uses both Twitter and Tumblr
Sure, plenty of celebrities use Twitter, but how many of them blog on Tumblr as well?
Gordon-Levitt recently posted a video on his personal Tumblr blog (yes, he has one!) of his injuries after a wreck while filming in NYC. Gordon-Levitt flew off his bike through the glass of a taxi window and required 31 stitches on his arm. Even though he's bleeding profusely in the video, he still cracks jokes and smiles.
So not only does he use the latest social networking sites, but he uses them to poke fun at himself? Sigh. Our hero.
Gordon-Levitt also posts regular video blogs, which he always opens with the greeting, "Regular Joe here!" Seriously. Is he real?
He turned the tables on the paparazzi and uploaded the video
In 2007, Gordon-Levitt schooled some paparazzi and ultimately made them his "friends." Apparently, the photogs chased down him and a male friend because they believed he was Gordon-Levitt's boyfriend.
Instead of getting angry, Gordon-Levitt turned his own camera on them and asked why they do what they do. It's one of the most interesting interactions between subject and photographer since, well, Fellini's 'La Dolce Vita.' (Just watch the video to get this joke.)
His movies are incredibly quotable
Is there a better, weirder, more romantic line than this, from Gordon-Levitt's character Tom to Zooey Deschanel's Summer in '(500) Days of Summer'? "Darling, I don't know how to tell you this, but there's a Chinese family in our bathroom."
Let's also not forget what a masterpiece '10 Things I Hate About You' is. Lines from that pinnacle of teen movie achievement have permeated the zeitgeist even years later. Although Gordon-Levitt mostly plays the adorable straight man in the movie, he holds his own next to the late Heath Ledger in one of the late actor's best roles.
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