As a huge fan of Rian Johnson (Brick and The Brother’s Bloom) I have been devouring every tidbit of news available for his next movie Looper. While it sounds like we won’t be seeing the teaser footage screened at WonderCon for a few weeks. Some stills from the film showing Loseph Gordon -Levitt have been released. So, my immediate thought was, “So what,”. That’s all I need is more JGL mocking me with his handsome face. Exceptthat Looper is a time-travel film and Joseph Gordon Levitt is playing Bruce Willis’ past self. So, they’ve used some make-up to alter JGL’s devastating good looks. Now, there are images comparing Looper Joseph Gordon-Levitt to Real-life
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, like this one:
The differences are subtle. The time in the make-up chair is stated to be about 2 1/2 to 3 hours so this isn’t exactly a Hellboy-like transformation but then it’s not supposed to be. I guess the biggest differences are eye color, nose shape, and lower lip. I suppose the idea is that Joe is supposed to pass as a younger version of Bruce Willis, without distracting from the story. To that end, Gordon-Levitt says that he spent a large amount of time listening to Bruce Willis’ dialogue from his previous works and studying him in film and in person. Only time will tell if his research and the make-up are successful. But, in the meantime, I thought, “why not compare Looper JGL to 30-year-old Bruce Willis?”.
Now, as you can see, these pictures are from Bruce’s performance in The Twilight Zone episode, Shatterday from 1985 which would make him approximately the same age as Joseph Gordon-Levitt is today. I’m looking forward to hearing more about this film and seeing it when it comes out.
And, since I can’t help myself, here’s the first four minutes of Iron Sky:
If you haven’t heard of Iron Sky you should check it out. I can’t tell if it’s going to be horrible or amazing but I’m leaning towards horrible. It’s an independent film that has been in the works for a very long time (2006). It is a collaboration between people from Finland, Australia, and Germany among other places. The main premise seems to be, what if Nazis colonized the moon, lived there for the last 70 years and are now launching an assault on Earth. Recent promotional material seems to include a Sarah Palinesque character which I can’t fault them for. Although I think it’s becoming a bit tired by now really. It’s not new, nor is it controversial or daring. In fact, it’s safe, low-hanging fruit. However, I think that can all be excused by the Nazi Moon-men from Space!!! Iron Sky represents a new form of internet-fueled, fan interactive film making. We’ll have to wait and see if this new kind of crowd-sourcing works but, regardless of the film’s quality, you can be sure that I will see it.