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Breaking: Joseph Gordon-Levitt Is a Shapeshifter

By Rob Payne | Industry | March 19, 2012 |

By Rob Payne | Industry | March 19, 2012 |

We here at Pajiba have been excited for Rian Johnson’s follow-up to Brick and The Brothers Bloom, Looper, for a while now. Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Jeff Daniels, Emily Blunt, and Garret Dillahunt, and with Primer’s Shane Carruth assisting Johnson with the logistics of his time travel narrative, this movie hits a lot of our (love) buttons and really can’t come out soon enough. One more reason to be interested, though, hasn’t been much-discussed because until now there hasn’t been much reason to discuss it: To more authentically playing a younger version of Willis’ character, JGL underwent three hours of make-up application every single day of the shoot.

What could that possibly look like? Well, thanks to the trailer’s premiere at WonderCon this weekend, you can check the header for one look and below for another, and with higher resolutions. The trailer will hopefully plop online in the next few weeks.



In the second, he looks a bit more like a slightly chubby Kirk Cameron than a young Willis, but overall JGL definitely looks like he could feasibly play David Addison jr. in a Moonlighting adaptation. For comparison, here’s the first look at Bruce Willis from Looper, as well as from his early days in “Moonlighting.”



Of course, JGL is no stranger to altering his appearance to varying degrees, though, not as dramatically as Christian Bale, or as obsessive-compulsively as Samuel L. Jackson. His performances also have a lot to do with the believable transition, but just take a gander at his last several major film roles if you don’t believe that Joseph Gordon-Levitt is really a metamorph:

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Rob Payne also writes the comic The Unstoppable Force, tweets on the Twitter @RobOfWar, and his ware can be purchased here (if you’re into that sort of thing). Sometimes even he isn’t sure when he’s being sarcastic or genuine.

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