Insider Access: ‘Looper’ director Rian Johnson and Joseph Gordon-Levitt talk to Yahoo! Movies
Rian Johnson's insanely entertaining time-travel sci-fi thriller "Looper" opens this weekend, and, as you can see above, I got a chance to talk with Johnson along with star Joseph Gordon-Levitt about a key scene in the movie.
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Photo: TriStar Pictures
The scene Johnson and Gordon-Levitt discuss comes about a third into the flick. Young Joe and his middle-aged counterpart sit down in a decidedly 20th-century-looking diner and glower at each other over steak and eggs. It's the first time the two really come face to face in the movie, and it was a scene that prompted a lot of discussion on set.
"We talked about the diner scene in particular," said Gordon-Levitt, "when it came to the makeup and the voice and the mannerisms and making a character such that the audience would buy that I am the younger version of this character that Bruce is playing."
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In order for the scene to work, Gordon-Levitt had to become a young Willis. That included enduring three hours of makeup a day. He also spent weeks listening to Bruce Willis movies like "Sin City" on his iPod to get the star's cadence and mannerisms just right. Johnson was very pleased with how it turned out. "It was amazing to finally see this performance that Joseph had been building right up against the genuine article."
"When they're sitting right across from each other," said Gordon-Levitt, "the character will live or die right there."