'The thing I focused on first was his voice,' Gordon-Levitt says of how he prepared himself to play the younger version of Willis in the Rian Johnson-directed movie.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt was on hand to promote his upcoming thriller "Looper", which reunites him with his "Brick" director Rian Johnson. Before hitting the Hall H panel, the John Blake in "The Dark Knight Rises" took some time to discuss the movie in a press conference session.
Speaking to reporters, the 31-year-old actor shared that the most challenging part in the making of "Looper" was becoming the younger version of Bruce Willis. He opened up about how he prepared himself to portray the action veteran, saying, "The thing I focused on first was his voice."
"The voice is what I look for first and foremost with just about every character I play," he added. "And Bruce was really accommodating and cooperative and collaborative with that. He recorded himself reading some of my voiceover lines, so I could hear how he'd sound saying them. Mostly it was just hanging out, talking about music or anything else, was the most useful in trying to get a sense of what I was going to portray."
The Los Angeles-born thesp elaborated, "That was one of the highlights of the whole thing, Bruce seeing me for the first time and tripping out a little bit. He's an understated man. So to get any reaction out of him is pretty exciting. I was so thrilled about it. There was one point where we are shooting our scenes together, between takes, he was like 'you sound like me'."
Gordon-Levitt was joined by director Johnson and co-star Emily Blunt to promote "Looper" at Comic-Con on Friday, July 13. A new sizzle reel of the movie was screened for the audience during the panel. It featured some scenes that have already been shown in the previously released trailer, but still offered several peeks at new footage.
"Looper" is set in a near future where time travel doesn't exist but will be invented in a few decades. It follows a group of assassins, who work for a crime syndicate in the future. Their bosses send the targets hogtied and blindfolded back in time to those killers, and their job is to simply shoot the victims in the head and dispose of the body. So, the target vanishes from the future and the assassin dispose of a corpse that doesn't technically exist.
The film will be dropped in theaters across the U.S. on September 28. It will be one of Gordon-Levitt's potential blockbuster movies to be released this year aside from Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises", Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln", and David Koepp's "Premium Rush".