Joseph Gordon-Levitt Transforms into a Young Bruce Willis for ‘Looper’
Brick director Rian Johnson held a panel for his new movie Looper at Wondercon, along with the film’s star Joseph Gordon-Levitt. It’s got a crazy time travel storyline and calls for make-up so intense, you probably won’t recognize the twee heartthrob.
Gordon-Levitt plays a hitman whose victims pop up from 30 years in the future to be killed. The twist comes when his older self, played by Bruce Willis, is sent back to be offed.
In order to achieve believability, Gordon-Levitt sat in make-up for three hours a day to change his lips, nose, and eye-color. He looks different for sure, but I don’t know if he would have been cast in Die Hard. “I wanted to match," he told the panel. "It’s not an ‘impersonation’ but it’s definitely based on Bruce, so we hung out and I got to know him pretty well.”"
Gordon-Levitt also reportedly studied audio tapes of Willis to try and sound like him, though EW thinks the “difference is so subtle that many (okay, me) didn’t even register it during the quick teaser trailer that unspooled before Gordon-Levitt joined the panel.”
The film is slated to open in September and also stars Paul Dano, Jeff Daniels and Emily Blunt.