Sorry I haven’t yet added the Premium Rush premiere pics of Joe but check out videos from the red carpet of the premiere.
As mentioned below, Joe talked about Zooey in the 20 questions for Playboy as I am sure you guys all know already! This is a separate post about it which features only the parts where Joe talks about 500 Days Of Summer and Zooey. I thought I would give you my thoughts about the “dating” stuff mentioned. I am a big fan of Joe and Zooey which is why I decided to start the site. I love them as friend and co stars. I also hope they work together in more stuff together again! I thought I would clear that up since I know the first thing people think is that the site is a “shipping related site”. They don’t need to date for me to love them. They are both amazing regardless
Q7 PLAYBOY: Yet the work that inspires can also be commercial. The sweet, upbeat indie romance (500) Days of Summer was a hit and turned you into a heartthrob.
GORDON-LEVITT: The (500) Days of Summer attitude of “He wants you so bad” seems attractive to some women and men, especially younger ones, but I would encourage anyone who has a crush on my character to watch it again and examine how selfish he is. He develops a mildly delusional obsession over a girl onto whom he projects all these fantasies. He thinks she’ll give his life meaning because he doesn’t care about much else going on in his life. A lot of boys and girls think their lives will have meaning if they find a partner who wants nothing else in life but them. That’s not healthy. That’s falling in love with the idea of a person, not the actual person.
Q8 PLAYBOY: Are you actually slagging a movie that landed you on people’s radar and made many of them fall in love with you and Zooey Deschanel as a screen couple?
GORDON-LEVITT: No, I really liked that movie. The coming-of-age story is subtly done, and that’s great, because nothing’s worse than an over-the-top, cheesy, hitting-you-over-the-head-with-a-hammer, moral-of-the-story sort of thing. But a part of the movie that’s less talked about is that once Zooey’s character dumps the guy, he builds himself up without the crutch of a fantasy relationship, and he meets a new girl.
Q9 PLAYBOY: Your character in (500) Days made extravagant gestures in the name of love. What kind of woman could make you do that?
GORDON-LEVITT: 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. 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, because you never fucking know, man.
Q10 PLAYBOY: You and Deschanel also made the music video “Why Do You Let Me Stay Here?” and a homemade one of you two singing the 1947 classic “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?” How do you react when so many people—judging from comments on the internet—want the two of you to get together romantically?
GORDON-LEVITT: It’s awkward when people say that. Whatever. Zooey and I just think it’s funny. It is funny. We’ve been friends for 10 years. She loves movies, music and art, and she’s incredibly knowledgeable about that stuff. She’s turned me on to so many good movies and so much good music. It’s fun just to have conversations, watch movies with her and stuff like that.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is featured in Playboy magazine. Check out the 20 questions that Joe had to answer! I am sure you guys all know about the Zooey ones I will make a separate post about that. Full interview below:
Q1 PLAYBOY: We’re about to see you play a bike messenger chased by a twisted cop in the big-screen action thriller Premium Rush. Meanwhile, audiences are still arguing about whether The Dark Knight Rises is the best-ever Batman flick, and your profile has kept rising since you did Inception and (500) Days of Summer. Having acted in commercials and TV shows such as 3rd Rock From the Sun since you were six and having made your 1992 movie debut at the age of 11 as Student #1 in Beethoven, do you look back on your childhood as a bit skewed?
GORDON-LEVITT: I wouldn’t say I was a normal kid. I’d say I was a lucky little kid, because unfortunately it’s not normal to have extraordinarily good parents who love and support you. I played baseball, did gymnastics, took piano lessons and started acting as just another one of the things I did. I wasn’t pressured into it. But it was acting I loved. I had a really cool acting teacher who taught us how to become a character, to be realistic and feel those feelings, so I hated being expected to behave like an idiot in TV commercials because they seem to think that’s what sells toys or whatever. I remember on Beethoven we weren’t allowed to pet the dog because it would have distracted him. For a dog lover that was disappointing and weird.
Q2 PLAYBOY: Back then, just as now, you never seemed to get caught up in any of the missteps that have turned many promising young actors into tabloid fodder. How?
GORDON-LEVITT: Being on TV when I was a teenager in high school was way harder than anything I’ve experienced since. It prepared me for what it is to work in pop culture. I’ve learned I have basically two different interactions with people. I love when someone approaches me and tells me they’ve seen me in something that made them feel something and that they connected to it. That’s part of why I do it. The other interaction is with people who really don’t care about the movies or anything like that. They just sort of buy into the fame thing, and that feels icky to me.
Q3 PLAYBOY: Have you followed the political traditions of your grandfather Michael Gordon, a director who survived the 1950s blacklists; your father, who was news director of a politically progressive radio station; and your mother, who in 1970 ran for Congress on the Peace and Freedom Party ticket?
GORDON-LEVITT: My parents are political in that they’re well read and as up on the news as anybody I know. To me that is political activism, choosing to stay informed and not just watching CNN or some bullshit entertainment show. Every time I sit down and watch television news, I think, This is show business. That’s what I do. I say, go on the internet and find news from all over the world through the BBC, the Pacifica stations, newspapers, people’s blogs and tweets. It’s so funny when people say Fox is bad. Sure Fox is bad, but I don’t think CNN and MSNBC are really any better.
Q4 PLAYBOY: You’ve shot a number of short films, including one last year documenting Occupy Wall Street protesters in Zuccotti Park in New York. How closely does the mainstream media’s coverage of that movement relate to what you filmed and experienced?
GORDON-LEVITT: Very little. What I’ve seen on TV focuses on the superficial stuff. It’s a pretty simple notion: People who have lots of money—people in corporations who have tons of money—are malevolently manipulating the system to keep their money. And the rest of the world suffers for it. You could show a trillion examples of how Goldman Sachs, McDonald’s, Walmart and Monsanto are clearly fucking over everybody, but CNN, Fox and MSNBC are owned by Fortune 500 companies, so they never show any of it.
Q5 PLAYBOY: Couldn’t a detractor accuse you, a famous, privileged actor, of being one of the elites?
GORDON-LEVITT: I grew up in the 1990s, when it was considered cool to be excessively rich. That’s what rappers rapped about, and later that’s what Paris Hilton had a TV show about and what MTV Cribs was about. The Occupy movement is a pop culture happening that’s saying money is not what’s cool. What’s cool is doing something worthwhile. If your goal is to make money in the movi (more…)
Zooey is one of the celebs that are mad over Walmart’s treatment of pork.
Hollywood stars are squealing mad over Walmart’s treatment of pigs after MFA’s undercover investigation exposed rampant cruelty to animals at a factory farm supplying pork to the retail giant.
In a letter fired off today to Walmart’s CEO Mike Duke, on behalf of Mercy For Animals, Ryan Gosling, Kristen Bell, Zooey Deschanel, Emily Deschanel, Tom Morello, Kim Basinger, David Boreanaz, Ed Begley Jr., John Francis Daley, James Cromwell, Steve-O, and Loretta Swit wrote: “We implore you to help end the needless suffering of these animals by ending the sale of pork from producers who confine pigs in cages so small they can’t even turn around for nearly their entire lives.”
The appeal comes after hidden-camera video, shot at a Christensen Farms facility in Minnesota by an investigator with Mercy For Animals, revealed unconscionable cruelty. The footage shows pregnant pigs locked in tiny, filthy crates so small they couldn’t turn around, walk, or lie down comfortably, pigs suffering from bloody open wounds, and workers castrating and cutting off the tails of conscious piglets without painkillers and bashing in the skulls of sick piglets by slamming them headfirst into the concrete.
The letter points out:
While Walmart tells its customers they can “Save Money, Live Better,” the pork sold in your stores comes from pigs whose lives couldn’t possibly be any worse. As world-renowned animal behaviorist Dr. Jonathan Balcombe puts it: “Gestation crates are unremitting hell on earth.”
Inside tiny gestation crates barely larger than their own bodies, these intelligent and social animals never get to walk, run, root in the soil, see the sun, breathe fresh air, or do nearly anything that comes naturally to them. Driven mad from boredom and stress, these poor animals have nothing to do, hour after hour, day after day, but bite the bars of their cages.
While all of the abuses shown in the video at WalmartCruelty.com are unconscionable, perhaps the worst form of torture forced on these innocent animals is the use of gestation crates. As you should know, gestation crates are considered so cruel that leading animal welfare experts condemn them, nine US states and the entire European Union have banned them, and nearly all of Walmart’s competitors, including Costco, Safeway, Kroger, and Kmart, have started demanding their pork suppliers do away with them.
The letter concludes:
It’s time for Walmart to quit dragging its feet and help put an end to one of the cruelest factory farming practices. As the largest retailer in the world, Walmart has the power–and the ethical responsibility–to ensure that the pork sold in its stores is not the product of egregious animal abuse.
Click here to send your own message to Walmart’s CEO by signing MFA’s petition demanding the retail giant do away with gestation crates.
Check out Dania and Joe’s interview about Premium Rush with Collider:
Question: How did you each get involved with this film? Was it brought to you, or had you been looking to do a straight-action film?
DANIA RAMIREZ: For me, when my agents and reps send me a script, I read it through, just for the story purpose of it, and then I read it again to think of my character and see if it’s something that I’m interested in bringing to life. But, at the time, Joe [Gordon-Levitt] was attached to star in it, and I knew that David Koepp was directing, and I was a fan of his writing, in the past. So, I had to go in and audition, and then they brought me back to do a chemistry read with Joe. It just felt really right. It was a good fit.
JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT: I was in the middle of shooting 50/50, the first time that I read the script for Premium Rush, and it was very different. 50/50 is a movie about a guy fighting cancer, who’s body is giving up on him, and this was a character who was very strong and confident in his body. And riding a bike around New York City, all summer, sounded just like the perfect thing.
Do you feel like you have to have a certain level of cockiness to be a bike messenger, since you can’t doubt yourself at all?
RAMIREZ: I don’t know if it’s cockiness, as much as having to be confident and sure of yourself. You’re putting yourself in a situation where you do have to have a certain level of confidence in yourself, and know that you’re good at something.
GORDON-LEVITT: Whether you’re a messenger or just riding, you can’t hesitate. You have to confidently and decidedly make your decisions and stick with them. That’s one of the basic traits of this character, Wilee. He makes these split-second decisions without hesitation. But, I think I would describe it as confidence more than cockiness.
Did this turn out to be more fun or more work than you expected it to be?
GORDON-LEVITT: It was really fun!
RAMIREZ: I think it was just a blast!
GORDON-LEVITT: I expected it to be fun, and it was fun. And I expected it to be work, and it was work.
RAMIREZ: I expected it to be hard work too because we were gonna be riding bikes the entire movie, so I knew it was gonna be really physical. But, as far as the fun aspect of it, it was there while we were filming it and it’s there now that I watch it.
GORDON-LEVITT: I wanted to go work hard and ride hard and get fit. That was really appealing, to me.
Joe, compared to some of the other action roles you’ve done, like G.I. Joe, Inception and Looper, how was the intensity of Premium Rush?
GORDON-LEVITT: Well, just as far as the physical challenge, I would say Premium Rush was the hardest one, and Inception would come in with a close second. I was on a bike, every day, all day. The whole movie is on a bike. Inception has some cool action sequences, but this was the entire movie.
RAMIREZ: You have to take into consideration that this is a film where, most of the movie, we’re riding bikes. We had all the dialogue, while we were riding bikes. So, a lot of the training that we did – and we trained for six weeks prior to actually going to New York City and training there – was just a lot of endurance ‘cause you couldn’t run out of breath. You had to get your scene across and still be going really fast, in the midst of being in the middle of New York City. The training was actually completely different than doing an action film, where you can just go in and do your action sequences.
What most surprised you about bike culture and bike messengers?
GORDON-LEVITT: What stood out to me was the sense of community. There’s a real culture and ethic around messengers, but also just people who are into bikes and that ride bikes.
RAMIREZ: There’s a genuine respect that they have for one another. In the past, when I saw bike messengers, I would just see them as individuals. Then, I realized that they’re all tied together.
GORDON-LEVITT: There’s a real morale with that. They’re really into having more bikes and less cars, and that’s true. If more people rode bikes and less people drove cars, the air would be in better shape and people would be in better shape. Bikes are clearly a superior form of transportation when it comes to just simple getting around. A car makes sense if you need to carry a bunch of stuff.
RAMIREZ: It’s a healthy way to get from point A to point B.
GORDON-LEVITT: And you find a lot of subversive people who are like, “Don’t buy into mainstream culture. Mainstream culture is so oriented around cars and the money that is concentrated in big oils and big automotive.” Sorry, I shouldn’t be talking about all of that.
Joe, how badly did you really get injured on this film?
GORDON-LEVITT: There was a bit of an accident. I should start off by saying that everyone on the set, from the director on down, was very safety conscious. It was a perfect storm of a lot of things all going wrong, at once. To make a long story short, a diplomat broke through our lock-up. In New York City, you have the United Nations, so there’s diplomats driving around and they can break the law. So, he broke through our cones and the cops, and double-parked right in the middle of where we were shooting. Basically, I ended up going through the rear window of a taxi cab and getting 31 stitches. Everyone was worried, immediately. They were really, really upset and worried that it happened, but I was flooded with adrenalin, right when it happened. You don’t feel any pain, right when your arm breaks open, so I was just like, “Oh, my god! Jesus, sorry! I’m okay!” (Director) Dave [Koepp] ran up and was like, “Are you okay?!,” and he was terrified. I was like, “You’ve gotta record this, man! Look at this! This is crazy!” So, I convinced him to, and he took out his phone and recorded some video. I was stoked that he actually put it in the movie.
Did you have to miss any work because of that?
GORDON-LEVITT: Well, it was towards the end of the day, and then I was in the next morning.
RAMIREZ: He was at work the next day, with a smile on his face. It was a good reminder that we’re not really these people, riding these bikes. We had stunt people who could do those things.
check out Dania and Joe’s interview about Premium Rush with IGN:
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