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Saturday, June 11, 2011

Summing Up JGL ...

Joseph Gordon-Levitt is truly a multi-talented entertainer -- and I use the term entertainer on purpose. He acts, sings, dances, back flips across the stage, and mimics the classical Donald O'Connor as Joseph Gordon-Levitt "Makes Us Laugh" on Saturday Night Live, as if it were effortless.

His musical cover of Major Tom -- reportedly his late brother's favorite song -- recorded in one all night session, where he not only sings, but plays all the instruments, is a testament to the amount of talent in his veins, as well as to the dedication to be the best he can at what he does in his day job.


As an actor he has a broad range. Anyone who has seen 3rd Rock From the Sun will know that his comic delivery and ability to carry the joke was well matched against the big boys of John Lithgow, French Stewart and Kristen Johnston.

And then he turns around to appear in Indy films such as Brick, The Lookout and Uncertainty, proving his dramatic abilities as well. By the time he reaches Inception, he is carrying not only his role but many scenes against magnificent actors who are just as good as he.

It was a real joy spending these last eight months watching "Regular Joe" as he calls himself on his podcast. It was good to see an actor who not only doesn't treat himself as a Hollywood star, but who does think of the next generation of Hollywood production crews, artists, writers, directors. His pet project HitRecords.com aids all of them.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt has a social conscious and a kind soul and I look forward to seeing more of his work in the coming years.

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