Joseph Gordon-Levitt needs you to know that it’s OK to not be OK — even when it seems you’ve gotten greater than most. The actor leaned into that notion when he created his new Apple+ sequence, Mr. Corman, which is ready in Van Nuys, California, and facilities on a thirtysomething aspiring musician who’s now a fifth-grade trainer. Although he completely enjoys being a mentor to his college students, he nonetheless feels unfulfilled, main him to sort out with self-doubt and anxiousness.
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“When I started coming up with this character, it started with me just kind of writing down a bunch of stuff I was grateful for in my life. And that I feel so lucky for. I’m so lucky I have a partner [Tasha McCauley] that I love and we have our kids and I have two wonderful parents,” the Dark Knight Rises actor, 40, completely tells Us Weekly. “And I get to do work that’s meaningful to me and I’m healthy and I’m safe. I just feel so lucky and it does lead me to think sometimes, like, what if my luck had been different?”
The 10-episode season, which debuted on August 6, is his most personal project but. Each episode, which may arguably be standalone items, examines Josh’s outlook on a number of sides of his life — his childhood along with his estranged father, the heaviness of the state of the world and his relationships along with his ex-girlfriend and former highschool friend-turned-roommate Victor (performed by Arturo Castro).
Gordon-Levitt is the creator, govt producer and star of the dramedy, with a writer-director credit score on a number of episodes. He admits taking part in a real model of himself would drive him “crazy,” however Josh is essentially the most “me-ish” character he’s ever performed.
“He’s a lot like me. One of Josh’s parents, Ruth, is a lot like my parents. And then his dad, who you sort of hear about throughout the season, is struggling with addiction. And that’s caused a lot of chaos in Josh’s childhood and you can kind of see how that cascades through his life. And so that’s one example,” he explains to Us. “There’s little changes in there. But what Josh and I think both have in common is we both have a lot to be grateful for. Josh does have a lot to be grateful for, and I think he knows that. Just like I know that. But I’d also be lying if I told you I was happy 100 percent of the time. I just don’t know that that’s human. And oftentimes when you see characters portrayed on screen, things get kind of oversimplified. There’s either a happy character or a sad character, or a hero or a villain. And I think real people are more complicated than that.”
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He provides: “This is a person who’s doing his best to be happy and to be a good person and just doesn’t always succeed. And there’s things that are admirable about him. And then there’s things that you can criticize about him. And to me, that’s what makes a character on screen feel like a real human being.”
Much like his collaborative media platform HitRecord, Gordon-Levitt weaves imagery and music into sure story strains within the present. In “Happy Birthday,” he and Debra Winger go from having an emotional mother-son dialog in a car parking zone to singing and dancing on a rooftop. The third Rock From the Sun alum was selective deciding when to include inexperienced display preparations.
“This was really fun for me in that way. Those sequences come when the character’s feeling feelings that are so kind of big or unexplainable that a grounded realistic scene just will fail to describe how it feels,” he explains. “Josh feels close to his mom and he wants so badly to just make her feel that, but he doesn’t feel like he can put it into words. You can play that in a real scene and it would play as, like, a five-second pause. And I don’t know that the audience would really feel it. And so sometimes you just got to go into something larger than life and sing and dance.”
Gordon-Levitt “wanted to make something that was really personal” with Mr. Corman, noting that a few of his favourite tales are “when the storyteller has taken a good, honest look at themselves.” By pulling again the curtain of Josh’s life he hopes that audiences really feel comforted in realizing their emotions are legitimate.
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“I sometimes get down on myself for not feeling happy all the time because I feel like man, I’ve got it so good. I should feel happy all the time. What’s wrong with me? And, you know, I think that’s probably an experience that a lot of us have,” he tells Us. “That doesn’t mean though that you have to be happy 100 percent of the time. It’s OK and normal to struggle through some ups and downs and that’s just part of life. And that can be sad sometimes. And that’s OK. That can be stressful sometimes. And that’s OK. It can also be funny. It’s OK to laugh about that kind of thing. And that’s where a lot of the humor in Mr. Corman comes from.”
New episodes of Mr. Corman drop on Apple+ each Friday. For extra with Gordon-Levitt, decide up the most recent problem of Us Weekly, on stands now.
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