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Joseph Gordon-Levitt Still Won't Give the Paparazzi a Victory by Clarifying Rumors About His Sexuality


Joseph Gordon-Levitt covers OUT magazine, and still won't refute rumors that he is gay by clarifying them:

“That would be really tacky—they would win if I had to clarify."

The 'they' he is referring to are these guys, the paparazzi, and the subject of a 2007 film he made of them.

OUT says its all part of Gordon-Levitt's persona, one steeped in self-preservation:

“It comes from a really young age,” he concedes. “It can be really awkward and difficult to be thought of as this thing on TV. Before understanding it or being able to analyze it, I just knew it made me really anxious.” Regularly recognized in his teens as “that kid from 3rd Rock From the Sun,” his reflexive response was denial. “I wouldn’t just say ‘No,’ ” he recalls. “I was way more convincing than that. I would first act confused, and then I would try to understand what they were saying. I would play the part.”

Gordon-Levitt also talks about his new film in which he plays a porn addict:

“I wasn’t interested in making a movie about pornography. I was interested in making a movie about how people treat each other like things, and all kinds of media can contribute to that. I’ve been working as an actor since I was a little kid, and I’ve always been fascinated, and a little horrified, by the way people relate to images they see on screen. Sometimes I feel I am seen as a thing more than a person, and I don’t think that’s unique to actors. I think everyone is subject to that kind of pigeonholing.”

Check out the trailer HERE.

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  1. He is awesome! Love him!

    Posted by: Alex | Sep 13, 2013 1:51:32 PM

  2. If he is on the cover of OUT then he cant be gay

    Posted by: Homo Genius | Sep 13, 2013 1:58:07 PM

  3. LOL Homo Genius!

    If he won't "clarify" then he must be gay.

    Posted by: Jack M | Sep 13, 2013 2:30:28 PM

  4. when was the last time Out actually had an OUT person on the cover

    Posted by: Grover Underwood | Sep 13, 2013 3:06:16 PM

  5. Er, Grover, that would be the August issue with gay soccer player Robbie Rogers on the cover - you know, like last month.

    Posted by: Aaron | Sep 13, 2013 3:13:39 PM

  6. It's wishful thinking. I met him years ago, while he was starring in Mysterious Skin, and at the time he was dating a beautiful girl. I realize he could be on the bi spectrum, or even masking something, but he seemed perfectly straight to me.

    He was also a really sweet guy. Definitely deserving of his continuing and growing success.

    Posted by: MrRoboto | Sep 13, 2013 3:31:54 PM

  7. For some reason, I recall him having a long-term girlfriend.

    In general, he seems guarded about his family and personal life. He took issue with GQ discussing his brother's death, and he's made other statements denouncing celebrity culture.

    Posted by: Nat | Sep 13, 2013 3:35:40 PM

  8. Quite true about his attitude toward celebrity culture -- particularly as regards his brother, whose passing was quite tragic. He's a talented actor and truly lovely guy. I first met him wen he was doing "Third Rock." It as obvious then he was no mere "kid actor" with a "sell by" date. H moved on to bigger and bigger things and hasn't stopped.

    I especially love the way he captured the teenage hustler's initial arrogance in "Mysterious Skin" -- upended by a climactic encounter that nearly kills him. Tough stuff.

    And then there's THIS


    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Sep 13, 2013 3:43:42 PM

  9. Kudos to him and not wanting to be part of the "celebrity culture". He is a really good actor that wants to keep his personal life that way. Wish more actors would be like that.

    Posted by: Sam | Sep 13, 2013 4:32:22 PM

  10. Who cares?

    Posted by: Hagatha | Sep 13, 2013 4:35:59 PM

  11. "i made a movie about [controversial subject] but i'm-not-interested-in/the-movie-isn't-about [controversial subject], it's about relationships/whatever."

    *rolling eyes*

    Posted by: gomez | Sep 13, 2013 4:58:35 PM

  12. ""i made a movie about [controversial subject] but i'm-not-interested-in/the-movie-isn't-about [controversial subject], it's about relationships/whatever."

    *rolling eyes*"

    Why are you rolling your eyes? The statement is fairly consistent with his views on society and materialism. He's made other critiques about capitalism and materialism. He trades off his image, but he also devotes much of his time and resources to a collaborative production company to enable other artists.

    He was also rumoured to have sent a very explicit audition tape to John Cameron Mitchell for Shortbus. The story is probably false, but he definitely doesn't come off as some sort of anti-sex puritan, merely someone who questions the effects of dehumanizing others.

    Posted by: Nat | Sep 13, 2013 5:11:35 PM

  13. Love him. Love everything about him. Beautiful to look at, and intelligent, and not a fame whore.

    Those who diss him for keeping his life to himself--get a life of your own. We get to see him do good acting, and look at his beauty in these and other photographs--isn't that enough for you?

    Whether he's gay or bi or whatever, it doesn't really matter to me, as I'll never be lucky enough to date him.

    Not everyone famous has to "work for the gay community".

    Posted by: kdknyc | Sep 13, 2013 5:16:15 PM

  14. @nat. do i really need to take your hand and explain to you the cowardly deflection involved when people say "oh this movie that prominently features X (controversial subject) is not really about X, it's about Y"?

    i've heard this said time and time again about gay storylines. it's pathetic.

    Posted by: gomez | Sep 13, 2013 5:34:07 PM

  15. Ask him if he "knows" Michael Pitt.

    Posted by: KevinSF | Sep 13, 2013 8:25:28 PM

  16. Met him. Straight and an ally. Celebrate!!!

    Posted by: Kissyfur | Sep 13, 2013 8:51:21 PM

  17. I just assumed that he is straight. Unusual actor and a very thought-provoking person.
    Joseph Gordon-Levitt got one of his first big breaks in show business back in 1991 in the night-time T.V. version of the iconic gothic/horror soap opera, "Dark Shadows". He played the role of the little boy, David Collins. Watched all the episodes. Good actor, even back then.

    Posted by: David From Canada | Sep 13, 2013 9:24:27 PM

  18. For some people, true genius is an utterly alien thing.

    For the rest of us; we recognize it, and rejoice.

    Posted by: OMG-REALLY | Sep 13, 2013 10:52:38 PM

  19. Love love love him.

    Posted by: Seattle Mike | Sep 13, 2013 11:47:37 PM

  20. When he left that TV show, saw him and Gale from Queer as Folk on stage in a decent play..,they gave great performances..,he's one actor I look forward to his new projects.." Mysterious Skin" was so brutally told and left a scar on my brain tissue..and the small role in my favorite gay themed movie "Latter Days".. Looking forward to seeing this new movie

    Posted by: tonyc | Sep 14, 2013 2:06:47 AM

  21. I could care less what his sexual orientation is, he happens to be one of the most versatile and talented people in show biz today.

    Posted by: andrew | Sep 14, 2013 2:58:27 AM

  22. "@nat. do i really need to take your hand and explain to you the cowardly deflection involved when people say "oh this movie that prominently features X (controversial subject) is not really about X, it's about Y"? "

    It's 'Nat', not 'nat'.

    Spare me the condescension. You should only do something if you attempt to do it well, and a sixteen-year old girl is more capable of snark than you are.

    You have no basis whatsoever on which to characterize his statement as a 'cowardly deflection'. You have not seen the movie.

    If you had bothered to do a modicum of research, or viewed any of the many online clips (you can probably watch 20 minutes in total - since it's his first feature, the entire filming and post-production process has been well-documented), then you would know that the substantive theme is about how the protagonist relates to women, how he has become emotionally stunted because he only views them as a source for physical pleasure.

    Posted by: Nat | Sep 14, 2013 3:22:45 AM

  23. THIS is why people choose not to involve themselves with the "gay agenda" Why is it that some require any and everyone to disclose their sexual orientation? It's actually NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS! There people who never disclose their "HETEROSEXUALITY!" People who attempt to "OUT" people are nothing more than the bullies that they complain about!!!

    Posted by: STOP | Sep 14, 2013 3:43:57 PM

  24. Leave the guy alone. Don't attempt to eat him alive.

    Posted by: GB | Sep 14, 2013 10:10:27 PM

  25. Mr. Gordon-Levitt is under no obligation to publicly disclose his personal life.

    Posted by: Ed | Sep 14, 2013 11:17:33 PM

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