Joseph Gordon Levitt’s enthusiastic YouTube ‘thank you’ vid: cute or obnoxious?

Joseph Gordon Levitt

Here are some photos of Joseph Gordon Levitt at Sundance over the weekend before the premiere of his first full-length directorial and screenplay effort, Don Jon’s Addiction, which sounds terrible but is getting some surprisingly good reviews after its world debut. Never mind that this is the movie where JGL looks like an orange-tinted meathead. The film itself is about a pr0n addicted lothario who finally meets “the one” (Scarlett Johansson), and the early Sundance buzz is that it’s kind of a sweet and funny movie despite the subject matter.

Joseph Gordon Levitt

What’s more — the film has just been picked up for global distribution, and JGL is practically peeing his pants in excitement. He took to his Tumblr blog to announce how “super stoked” he is about closing a deal on the movie. Although the movie was made under what he calls the “traditional” system, he gleefully thanks all of the members of his open-collaboration, internet-production company, hitRECord, for helping him hone his skills and inspire him to finally do his own thing with a movie. And he made a cute video too! I know a lot of you think that Joe is a smug, self-congratulatory hipster, but this video is really cute. Tommy Solomon, you will always be my man:

See, he’s genuinely thrilled and excited about his movie’s success, and he credits his fellow (civilian) collaborators on hitRECord for helping him learn enough behind the scenes to take his work into a commercialized feature film. How can anyone hate on that? Here’s a guy who defied the usual child-star trappings and isn’t laying in a gutter and complaining about how the drugs were just there, man, and it’s not his fault that he’s taking them.

Just for fun, here’s a replay of those JGL set photos from Don Jon’s Addiction. Yes, I know he looks like a hipster version of Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, but I’d still hit it (at least once) for those triceps.

Joseph Gordon Levitt

Joseph Gordon Levitt

Joseph Gordon Levitt

Joseph Gordon Levitt

Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet and WENN

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  1. annabelle says:

    love him. always.

  2. Sweet Dee says:

    I love him. I just do, and I won’t apologize for it. He really is a diverse actor with a knack for comedic timing, plus I like his very expressive face. I’d hit it. Oh, yes I would. I’d hit it orange and bulky, and I’d hit it pale and wiry, too.

  3. aims says:

    He’s looking good. Its hard to wrap my brain around that this is the little boy on 3rd rock.

    • fabgrrl says:

      I agree. I feel a bit weird lusting after him. He is only a few years younger than me, but I watched a lot of 3rd Rock from the Sun one year and I can still picture him as a kid.

  4. evie says:

    he is overrated

    • alons -y alonso says:

      Plus, I stopped reading after the article put good and Scarlett Johanson in the same sentence

  5. Ms Kay says:

    Like I said on another thread, I have a long on/off love story with JGL this for over a decade! One day he annoys me with his remarks on drugs, another day we kiss and make up because he gives that effin’ Puss-In-Boots sorry eyes so I forgive him like I got amnesia… This is how much that son of a looper means to me ha!

    I saw the video given that he is on my twitter and RT himself and his hitRECord twitter very much he is cute and his emoticons are adorkable :-D I mean I too would be excited it was my first directorial debut and such and such… And he does care about his collaborators, he gives them credit.

    Ah… Joe let’s get married asap too many people noticing you already, come here and put a ring on it!

    • T.Fanty says:

      Ms. Kay,

      Me too. Although what throws me off a little bit about him is how incredibly different he looks in motion. I just watched Looper (as much as one could) and couldn’t believe that was JGL.

      • Claudia says:

        He actually wore facial prosthetics to look more like bruce willis in that movie, which is why he looked so different…

    • Ms Kay says:

      @ T.Fanty

      What do you mean, you were unpleasantly surprised or?

      Personally I found the concept of Looper a very interesting one, say at the end of it everyone is out there for their own interests, turns out young Joe becomes the selfless one out of them all (even though he didn’t start well eh)… I found the film smart with the blend of future past present in an uncommon way. And I was actually surprised by JGL mimicking Bruce Willis that well, a throwback seeing Bruce Willis in those Last Boy Scout days.

      • T.Fanty says:

        Well, on the movie, I felt that the principle was sound, and I watched it all, but it blended quite logical sci-fi with something supernatural/magical (like the kid with the amazing powers) without making any attempt to reconcile the two ideas, and it killed the movie for me. I just felt like there was a gaping hole in the rationale of the movie and a huge chunk of it just felt undeveloped.

        As far as JGL It was a combo of pleasant/unpleasant, but overall positive. I like geeky, slightly cheeky looking JGL and I didn’t get that. But then, doing his Bruce Willis thing (very well), he became a throwback to the James Dean/young Steve McQueen type of old-school male movie star, and I have to confess that it was very biscuit-friendly. It was unexpected, which I suppose is a great thing for him as an actor.

        That was a meandering response. Sincere apologies!

      • Ms Kay says:

        Yes that’s the flaw in found in there too, the whole TK superpowers and the whole looper destinies, it could have been developed more but I still comprehended it. At first I was like wtf Emily Blunt is doing here but she finally grew on me as the story developed, I’ve come to think that as her character is a TK in the future, she gave birth to an Alpha TK whose powers develops depending on their emotions and upbringing, say he was unstable and traumatized by some past events and frustrated he put all these combined emotions in his powers and it became mind-blowing beyond powerful, now had the future happened as it was predicted before young Joe changes it at the end, the boy would have be even stronger and disturbed and put the blame on all loopers…

        Well JGL is totally different with that look and dark and gritty character so it can be itchy when one is used to his geeky face eh…

      • Lucrezia says:

        I interpreted it slightly differently. IMO, Cid’s power level is set in stone, but if Sara (Emily Blunt) *isn’t* killed in front of him, then he has a chance of growing up without becoming the evil-Rainmaker.

        Nurture > nature was the vibe I got. His nature (powerful TK) is fixed, but whether he grows up with a nurturing mother-figure is mutable.

        The “nuturing mother” idea explains away some of the potential paradoxes. It’s implied that old-Joe created the evil-Rainmaker (by coming back and killing Sara). That’s paradoxial, because the reason old-Joe came back was that the Rainmaker pissed him off (by killing his wife). So what created that first Rainmaker that old-Joe knew?

        The only way out of the paradox is to assume that the future-Rainmaker was evil because of the off-screen death of his aunt (the woman he thought was his mother). It’s not until young-Joe enters their lives that Cid accepts Sara really is his mother. It’s quite possible that in a universe where Joe doesn’t enter their lives, Cid continued to hate “lying” Sara. So, by making young-Joe meet Cid/Sara, old-Joe actually created the potential for a not-evil Rainmaker.

        I just love how complicated Looper was :)

      • T.Fanty says:

        Okay, now you ladies are just making me feel like a lazy viewer, and a bit thick!

      • Lucrezia says:

        Ha! It wasn’t like I walked out thinking that, it was the result of chatting with my fellow sci-fi-geek friends after the movie.

        And knowing the genre really helps because you already know the basic rules/conventions of the story.

        In contrast, I had absolutely no idea wtf Weiz’s pensive look out the window at the end of Deep Blue Sea was supposed to mean. (I rarely watch/read classics like that.) I ended up googling to find out whether she attempted suicide again.

  6. NeoCleo says:

    He’s darling.

  7. Miss Kiki says:

    I love JGL. I would hit it day after day.

  8. normades says:

    He has that bulky hipster Ryan Gosling look.

  9. Syrav says:

    My mind is boggled by how he’s all over the place now. I think he’s just barely above average in regards to acting talent but I’ll say this; he definitely knows how to pick good projects. So kudos to his agent, I guess?

    • Tasha says:

      ^ This

    • dude says:

      He’s actually a really good actor. I bet you haven’t seen Mysterious Skin, or Brick, or Manic. You don’t have to be over the top to be a good actor, he does a good job of being subtle.

      • Syrav says:

        I’ve seen MS, Brick and a few of his other movies. Sometimes he’s subtle and sometimes he’s just there. Like I said, he chooses really good projects but nothing about him otherwise warrants why he’s being shoved down our throats as some kind of “A-lister” in the making.

  10. Dorothy#1 says:

    Love him. :) we just watched Looper this weekend and it was awesome!

  11. Nessa says:

    I love him and I don’t care who knows it. I would hit it until it hurt.

  12. Ms Kay says:

    Another note : Josh Hartnett and Joseph Gordon-Levitt all in one day… Ohhhh may the Lord and Heaven bless thee CB editors! *satisfied face*

  13. Erinn says:

    Ahhh, I’m home sick from work with a horrible sinus infection, and this post just made me feel a little bit better. I just… adore him. I hate admitting that I have celebrity crushes, but JGL just makes me swoon.

    And I just noticed I’m currently wearing really similar glasses as he is in the photos :)

  14. clay basket says:

    How is this called hot and cute when all I see is try hard hipster who wears too tight clothes and still can pass for 15.

  15. LadyAnne says:

    So, so cute. Love him.

  16. jl says:

    The movie sounds silly. I would think with his creativity, that he would write something with a little more substance? And Scarjo? ug…..I guess it’s just all the films he has been in have been really good. wish him all the luck because he seems like a good guy.

    • carrie says:

      the reviews are pretty good about her in the movie

      when i see JGL ,i have the same feeling than when i see Jake Guyllenhal!

      i like him as actor except that he’s greedy in autographs even at the premiere

  17. Joiq says:

    Hey, all:

    I’m a huge JGL fan. I’ve really respected his work over the years, and am happy to see him doing more and more projects. Now, not to stir the pot, but does anyone remember the young woman ( who has cancer) that asked him out on a date? I found an article from June 2012 that said he never responded. Anyone know if that ever changed?

    • Ms Kay says:

      I saw that video on YouTube. I don’t know if he said anything about it. Either way, as much as I’m sorry for her battling cancer and as cute her intentions were, she put JGL in an awkward position: he won’t go on a date with her this regardless of her cancer and be labelled a cruel a$$-hole because she is ill, or he’d go on a date with her but more like pity/guilt-trip and still take the a$$-hole label… A no win/win situation here.

      • Joiq says:

        Good point. I just felt really bad for her. But, who knows. Maybe now she’s happily dating and getting better!

  18. Bijlee says:

    Yup still hate the guy. Pretentious hipster douchebag. Blegh! He’s getting a deal because of his name and the people attached. Congrats to him, his movie probably is good but combine that with his star power, then he’s a safe bet for the industry. Just something about the guy I can’t stand. He seems like he’s always acting or something. I don’t know. He’s like Natalie portman to me. Or Lena Dunham. Except I dislike him more.

  19. Jane says:

    I love it. It’s like he’s pouring he’s heart out in the video. I’m actually really happy for him, he wasn’t getting any roles when he was younger, and he came back with a vengance. Although I still do think he’s underrated, he’s such a good actor, he’s one of those few that become the character, he can go from a male prostitute, to a detective student, to an alcoholic/suicidal soldier. This guy is going to win an Oscar soon.

    • Joiq says:

      Agreed. He is underrated. Mysterious Skin, Manic,Havoc, Shadow Boxer,etc were all really interesting roles. It’s about time he gets recognition….and yes, I wouldn’t doubt an Oscar is in his future.

      • Jane says:

        He was heart breaking in Mysterious Skin, honestly he should have had at least 3 nominations under his belt. Mysterious Skin, Brick, 500 Days of Summer, and 50/50. I will never be able to watch 50/50 without crying for the last 20 minutes.

  20. Dani says:

    I want to slap those glasses off his face.

  21. littlemissnaughty says:

    I have a difficult love/hate thing going on with him. Love him on screen, he’s quite good and I think he just has that certain something you can’t learn, he has presence. And he’s charming when he’s saying lines. *cough* I am, however, staying away from JGL, the actor. He’s a sanctimonious hipster with sexist tendencies, that’s just not sexy.
    And um, are we really praising successful people now for not taking drugs after enjoying early success??? Really?

  22. Lee says:

    I really don’t get the try-hard hipster douchebag claims for JGL. Gosling? I can see it. Even if I like him fine. Franco? Definitely. But JGL just strikes me as sweet and earnest and genuinely excited about life and his projects. He doesn’t seem to do things out of irony or make rude claims about the mainstream (unless I’ve just missed some?). Just because someone likes plaid and skinny jeans doesn’t mean they’re a hipster in my book. But then again, I like plaid and skinny jeans. So sue me. I guess I just feel like people throw that label around like an accusation when they dislike someone’s style more than as a genuine comment on their holier-than-thou, flaky, style-over-substance, fake introspective attitudes. I just don’t see JGL that way. *shrugs*

  23. Mr. Stinky FishFace says:

    The things I’d do to him… mmmmmm mmmmm good. I love him. He’s adorable and funny and I just… GAHHHH.

  24. GeekLuva says:

    Ok ladies… my younger brother is single, 31, college educated, and looks EXACTLY like JGL.(one cavet: he is extremely ‘spiritual’) Any takers?

  25. lori says:

    I don’t know what a hipster actually is? Could someone explain it to me? Sorry I’m Canadian and nearly 40….is it like grudge but with tighter pants and bigger glasses?

  26. DAFFY says:


  27. anti-icon says:

    I love JGL and am thrilled with his success. He seems way more grounded than most men in showbiz. Also, so talented.

  28. mina says:

    Oh man, I can’t believe all the love comments this douche is getting here! I’m shocked and infuriated!

    • Marilyn says:

      Ditto. I used to like him but after his ignorant comment about how pretty women weren’t funny I just can’t with him.

    • um says:

      So if you guys don’t like him why are you wasting your time to come in here and hate on him? It’s pretty pointless.

  29. Lexi says:

    He is so beautiful and talented

  30. Rachelstein says:

    Oh wow that video, jgl with facial fuzz, YES PLEASE!

  31. hirishome says:

    He reminds me of Heath Ledger a lot.

    • Ms Kay says:

      Sometimes he does yes. Plus they starred in the same film together and worked with the same director for the same franchise… weird at times.

      Heath Ledger it’s the 5th anniversary of his death today… I know it’s too late but I can only imagine how amazing he and Matilda would be if they were walking down the street : Him and his Mini Me version!.. RIP.

  32. mollination says:

    That’s barely what it’s about. The premise is largely about expectations and how hollywood, rom-coms, and PR0n can screw up would-be earnest people trying to date. I wouldn’t assume you would take me seriously, but I covered Sundance and went to his premiere (Julianne Moore, Tony Danza, the lady who played his mom and his two friends) were there. If you want to email me for actual scoop about how he behaved or what the movie was like – you know my email. I promise you – it was a great film. A little raunchy for distribution, but I have no doubt they’ll get it. It was smart, fun, and original. Please don’t crap on it when you don’t even know how good it is.

  33. KelBear says:

    He looked damn good in The Dark Knight Rises!!