5 Facts About 'The Dark Knight Rises' Joseph Gordon-Levitt

1:49 PM PST 04/19/2011 by Lauren Schutte
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The actor was just cast as John Blake in Christopher Nolan's latest Batman installment.

Warner Bros. confirmed the casting of Joseph Gordon-Levitt (and Marion Cotillard) in Christopher Nolan's upcoming Batman flick, The Dark Knight Rises. He'll play a beat cop in Gotham City reporting to Commissioner Gordon (Gary Oldman). 

Here are five things you should know about the versatile actor. 

1) His first job was at the age of six. Gordon-Levitt, who doesn't have any family ties to show business, credits growing up in the Valley and his proximity to Hollywood for getting him interested in acting. "Driving to auditions was, sort of, doable," he's said. "And there were some kids in the classes that I took that went on auditions and stuff, so my mom asked me if I wanted to do that."

2) He's been a regular on more than one TV show. While his five-year stint as Tommy Solomon on 3rd Rock From the Sun is the actor's best-known small screen work, he also appeared on Roseanne from 1993 to 1995 and The Powers That Be for a season before that. 

3) He quit acting. After making the movie Manic in 2001, Gordon-Levitt quit the business for two years to go to college at Columbia in NYC, saying, "it was one of the smartest things I’ve ever done, I think, actually." 

4) He came back to be in movies, not television. "I particularly didn’t want to do a sitcom because I’d done that, and I wanted to do some great movies," Gordon-Levitt said, but admitted, "I couldn't get a job for a year."  But, Greg Araki cast him in 2004's Mysterious Skin and he's been working ever since. 

5) This isn't his first time working with Chris Nolan (or Marion Cotillard). The trio also worked together on last summer's blockbuster hit, Inception. “When you collaborate with people as talented as Marion and Joe, it comes as no surprise that you would want to repeat the experience.  I immediately thought of them for the roles of Miranda and Blake, and I am looking forward to working with both of them again,” Nolan said in a statement. 

 

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