Joe Gordon-Levitt on His 'Face' Eventually Being in G.I. Joe
Over the last few weeks I haven't had too many good things to say about the upcoming G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. But that changes today, as I am actually excited to see Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the movie as Cobra Commander himself. While we've seen a few trailers and some TV spots, Gordon-Levitt has been noticeably absent from all of the footage so far, and there's an obvious reason for that. As hardcore G.I. Joe fans know, Cobra Commander wears an ominous hood because his face is disfigured. Fans have been waiting and wondering if we'll ever even get to see this "face" at all, but Gordon-Levitt promises we will.
Here's an excerpt from an interview Gordon-Levitt did with NY Mag talking about Cobra Commander:
"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."
As I said, I'm just excited to at least see what Gordon-Levitt looks like as Cobra Commander, maybe as the saving grace of G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. Okay, he probably won't look that great (considering they did put bio-suits in this movie), but I expect his performance to at least kick some ass. I hate to say it, but right now it's probably the only part of G.I. Joe that I'm looking forward to. And even if it turns out pretty bad in the end, at least we'll know that Gordon-Levitt put in his best performance and did the absolutely best he could. Now if only he would open up about Christopher Nolan's Inception as well, that would be fantastic.