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Joseph Gordon-Levitt Talks about How Awesome it was to Play Cobra Commander

by Joey Paur

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Let's just forget for a moment that G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra looks like an awful movie, because Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a great actor and he has a few things he would like to say regarding how awesome it was to play Cobra Commander. There is a reason the guy took the role and that reason is he knew he would have a hell of a fun time doing it.

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In this little interview below he goes through and explains the character he plays, the make-up that was used to create Cobra Commander, and what it took to get into the role.

Yeah. My face is in it. There's this crazy kind of getup that I wear. It's got makeup and it's got all this other stuff, and it's a mask, basically. You can hardly tell it's me. And that, to me, is the best. That's why I love Daniel Day-Lewis or Gary Oldman. Actors like that, where they're so different as each character, the actor disappears. Doing G.I. Joe made it real easy to disappear because of all the elaborate stuff on my face. And it demands a totally different kind of acting style. You sort of check your realism at the door.
I was thinking of Slava's Snowshow the whole time [Gordon-Levitt is a producer for the avant-garde Russian clown show]. In Snowshow, they put on makeup; it's old-fashioned makeup, totally different, of course, than what we did in G.I. Joe, but they put stuff on their face to create a character. Now, the guy who put stuff on my face, Kazuhiro Tsuji is his name, the protégé of Rick Baker - he's an artist, man! He's such an admirable artist, and to watch him do this work and have it be all on my face, it's just so fun. And then I get to play with that and create a performance out of that, instead of my own face. It's so much fun for someone like me who gets off on different acting styles, playing with the craft. That's what G.I. Joe is about for me.


My main reason for going to see G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra is because Gordon-Levitt is playing Cobra Commander. I'm betting on him being the best part of the movie. What do you think?

Source: nymag

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