Joseph Gordon-Levitt Reveals His Cinematic Crush

Discover which actor inspires Don Jon star Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Lynn Hirschberg’s new video Screen Test.

Released on 1/21/2014

Credits

Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Editor: Lynn Hirschberg

Transcript

00:05
Je viens de faire la connaissance du joli tapis,
00:08
j'adorait toujours ce film.
00:10
My professional crush.
00:11
How 'bout Orson Welles?
00:13
Sure, let's just aim high.
00:15
Fuck it.
00:16
What I also really love about his movies is,
00:19
or his work, I should say,
00:21
is he's always playing with the form itself.
00:24
The War of the Worlds, that fake radio broadcast
00:28
where he convinced the world that we were being invaded
00:31
by Martians and people were freaking out on the street.
00:33
He used the vocabulary of radio
00:36
in a way that it wasn't supposed to be used,
00:40
and convinced all these people
00:42
that Martians were invading.
00:44
What I think is brilliant about that is less about
00:46
the Martians but more about how he was able
00:49
to in doing so shine a light on:
00:51
look at how powerful media can be,
00:55
and look at how we can convince you of something.
00:59
And that's important to keep in mind next time,
01:03
next time the news is telling you something as fact.
01:08
Keep in mind how the medium is the message
01:11
and how the form in which that message
01:15
is delivered can manipulate the truth.