Joseph Gordon-Levitt agrees he was 'the actual villain' in '(500) Days of Summer'

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel in '(500) Days of Summer'. (Credit: Fox Searchlight)
Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel in '(500) Days of Summer'. (Credit: Fox Searchlight)

Joseph Gordon-Levitt has agreed with a Twitter post declaring that his character was “the actual villain” in the noughties romcom (500) Days of Summer.

The 39-year-old actor portrayed Tom in the 2009 movie, with the non-linear narrative detailing his relationship with Summer, played by Zooey Deschanel.

Since the film was released to positive reviews and became a sleeper hit at the box office, many have criticised its apparent sympathy for Tom and the portrayal of Summer as a “Manic Pixie Dream Girl”.

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Gordon-Levitt criticised his own character on Twitter, quoting another user who described Tom as the villain of the movie and adding: “I approve this message”.

Last year, the movie’s two lead actors sat down for a viewing party to mark its 10th anniversary and Deschanel said the notion of Summer as a villain is an idea people “misunderstand” about the film.

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The actor has not been shy of illustrating Tom’s flaws ever since the movie came out, saying in 2012 that he “develops a mildly delusional obsession” with Summer in the film.

He added: “A lot of boys and girls think their lives will have meaning if they find a partner who wants nothing else in life but them.

“That’s not healthy. That’s falling in love with the idea of a person, not the actual person."

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In 2018, he wrote on Twitter that Tom is “selfish”, though made it clear that he “grows by the end” when he moves on from Summer.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt speaks on stage during TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco 2019. (Photo by Steve Jennings/Getty Images for TechCrunch)
Joseph Gordon-Levitt speaks on stage during TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco 2019. (Photo by Steve Jennings/Getty Images for TechCrunch)

Gordon-Levitt returned to the world of movies last month after an acting hiatus, with a lead role in hijacking thriller 7500, as a pilot trapped in the cockpit as terrorists attempt to take over the aircraft.

He told Yahoo Entertainment: “I knew that [with] my first job back, I really wanted to focus on finding a creative challenge, and not think about: ‘Oh, what should my next career move be having taken some time off?’

“I really just wanted to focus on the art of it and why I love acting so much.”

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He will be seen next in Aaron Sorkin’s real life drama The Trial of the Chicago 7, which was recently acquired by Netflix.

According to Deadline, the streaming platform shelled out $56m (£44m) to secure the rights to the prime Oscar contender.