Joseph Gordon-Levitt takes a moment to chat with the New York Times “T” men’s fashion magazine about his acting career. Here are a couple outtakes:
NYT: In [Mysterious Skin], you play a gay hustler. It was a bold decision to take on that role. Were you nervous?
JGL: “I find it very strange when people say, ‘How could you make that movie?’ I never had any trepidation. When I read the script, I thought the director, Gregg Araki, would want me for another part, the sensitive boy. He said,’No — I want you to be sexy.’ I had not heard that a lot. I was always cast as the friend or the nice guy. It’s really great when someone says, ‘I want you to be the sexy one.'”
NYT: It’s interesting that critics consider it riskier from a career standpoint to play a gay hustler than a soldier in an unpopular war, or a psychotic hit man, which you play in your next film, “Killshot.”
JGL: “As an actor, you have to be open-minded. That’s one of the great aspects of the job. In the real world, people make judgments all the time. But as an actor, you can’t judge. I would rather play someone who is different from me. You can’t be a bigot and be a great actor.”
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