Joseph Gordon-Levitt's dream role
August 20th, 2012
11:26 AM ET

Joseph Gordon-Levitt's dream role

From “Inception” to “The Dark Knight Rises,” Joseph Gordon-Levitt has made a name for himself as an action star after more than 20 years in the biz.

But in an interview with Playboy, the actor said he’s ready to take on a role that’s “closer to me personally.”

“I would like to do a musical, if I could find a cool one,” Gordon-Levitt told the magazine. “A song-and-dance role is closer to me personally than other characters I play.”

Referencing the “Why Do You Let Me Stay Here” music video he made with “(500) Days of Summer” co-star Deschanel and director Mark Webb, he said, “When Zooey and I danced in that video, it was just us having a great time, just being ourselves.”

Despite the on-screen chemistry between Gordon-Levitt and Deschanel, and fans’ hopes that the pair might get together, the actor says they’re just friends.

“It’s awkward when people say that,” he said. “Whatever. Zooey and I just think it’s funny. It is funny. We’ve been friends for 10 years.”

So what does Gordon-Levitt look for in a partner?

“Making checklists of things you’re looking for in a person is the numero uno thing you can do to guarantee you’ll be alone forever,” he said. “You can’t meet someone and think, ‘Do they have everything I want in a person?’ You just have to pay attention, keep your eyes open, listen to people and be present. I guess what I look for in a girl is someone who’s doing that too. Beyond that there’s not much more I would specify.”

Catch Gordon-Levitt in the action flick “Premium Rush,” out Friday. “Looper,” in which he stars alongside Bruce Willis, is due out on September 28.

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  1. ozzi7

    Kevin Spacey Lite.

    August 24, 2012 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Meh


    August 24, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  3. w


    August 22, 2012 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  4. Gloria

    I'll give him a dream role he'll never forget...we just need a few props like a bed and some massage oil..he's going to feel like he's won an oscar....:)

    August 22, 2012 at 6:18 am | Report abuse |
  5. jgd

    Yes, John Lithgow is still alive. He is super hilarious in 3rd rock. He played James Franco's dad in Rise of Planet of the Apes.

    August 22, 2012 at 6:08 am | Report abuse |
  6. Jack

    Greetings folks. Everyone is cordially invited to visit –

    August 21, 2012 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mattie

    yep .. your right constipated.

    August 21, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  8. sookie sookie

    he looks constipated

    August 21, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  9. too bad...

    He was good at action and serious roles.

    August 21, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mattie Appleyard

    Anyone who saw his astounding opening on SNL, doing Donald O'Connor's "Make 'Em Laugh," knows that he has the song and dance talent – like Jimmy Cagney. I see him on Broadway in "The Music Man." He got the super talent – hope he gets his dream role. Seems like a decent, quality human being as well.

    August 21, 2012 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  11. Good Actor

    he looks like he needs a couple of hours off.

    August 21, 2012 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
  12. Shyla.

    he will win his way up.

    August 21, 2012 at 6:58 am | Report abuse |
  13. Marilyn

    Love this cute actor loved him on Third Rock and like seeing him in the movies, he worked his way up and deserves his success.

    August 20, 2012 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
  14. told ya m

    still a bad seed

    August 20, 2012 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
  15. the_dude

    I guess he is afraid he wont get too many more action roles if he comes out of the closet even in gay-friendly hollywood

    August 20, 2012 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • smiley

      Where does it say he is gay? That's right it doesn't.

      August 21, 2012 at 12:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Varun

      Wow, the only way you feel man enough is by saying someone else is gay? Guy's making millions and you're sitting on internet when you're not working McDs?

      August 21, 2012 at 1:13 am | Report abuse |
  16. Fannie Snodgrass

    He is almost as bad an actor as the kid who played Bud Bundy.

    August 20, 2012 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fannie Snobgrass

      And you're as bad a judge of acting talent as Ed Wood was.

      August 20, 2012 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
  17. JRYDAF

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt: King of the friend zone

    August 20, 2012 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  18. hanna

    the role will allow Levitt to be more himself.

    August 20, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  19. jasmine

    Electra – John did some great work recently on Dexter.

    August 20, 2012 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Electra

      It would have been great to see that. Oh well... Thxs for the update... 🙂

      August 20, 2012 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Electra

      I saw one episode of Dexter but it was too far on for me to understand what was going on. Same as with The Sons of Anarchy, another great show that I seem to have missed. Now it looks like I missed another one..The Boss with Kelsey G. No, I don't live under a rock..just a weird schedule that I have. Not the normal 9-5's okay. It's all good. Thxs again.

      August 20, 2012 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
  20. daduphone

    Joseph has played some very creepy characters rather convincingly (Hesher, Killshot) and I am anxiously wating to see him in a lighter role, Inception non withstanding. Joseph is a good actor but still creeps me out. Good job, Joseph.

    August 20, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Keith

    omg John Lithgow how the heck are ya? I loved you in The World According to were fab!....

    Can i get a "Harry and the Henderson's 3D !?

    Peace & Much Love.

    August 20, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  22. William Fart Tramuta

    He is off and running.

    August 20, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Michael Caliazzo

    A young Lion on the way up.

    August 20, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  24. John Lithgow

    Electra! I am shocked and offended that you don't know I'm alive. Yes, I have been around. I won an Emmy a few years back for my portrayal of a serial killer in Showtime's Dexter!

    August 20, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Electra

      Lol..oh, so very sorry. Never watched the show. My bad 😦 . Glad you're still alive and kicking thou. You're an awesome actor by the way. Enjoy your day.

      August 20, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sporky

      That story arc literally gave me nightmares... it was brilliant. Amazing actor

      August 20, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Ghey

    Sounds like he's Ghey. Not that there's anything wrong with that!

    August 20, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Electra

    He came a long way from Third Rock From The Sun. John Lithgow, was great on there. I wonder what happened to him? He is still alive, correct?

    August 20, 2012 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |

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