Cast member Joseph Gordon-Levitt attends the world premiere of the movie "The Dark Knight Rises" in New York July 16, 2012. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly (Photo : Cast member Joseph Gordon-Levi)
After a recent interview with GQ, "Dark Knight Rises" star Joseph Gordon Levitt revealed that he was upset with the publication after speculating over the death of his brother.
The 31 year old actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt recently took aim at GQ magazine editors for speculating about the cause of his older brother's 2010 death in a new interview.
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The Dark Knight Rises star was recently interviewed by writer Amy Wallace for the publication's August cover story. In the interview he discussed his early career and his role in Christopher Nolan's last Batman movie. He also spoke about the production company he had started with his brother Dan.
When the magazine was released, GQ published a comment stating that Dan Gordon-Levitt, a photographer and fire-spinning artist known as Burning Dan, died of a drug overdose. The publication stated, "The elder Gordon-Levitt died of an alleged drug overdose in 2010. 'It was an accident' is all Joe will say about that."
Gordon-Levitt was infuriated by the comment and immediately published a statement on his tumblr.com account voicing his anger. On the account he voiced his dissatisfaction with the fact that the magazine only mentioned his brother Dan's death and used the word "alleged" to describe the cause of his death.
The Tumblr account continued, "I'm writing this because I have a problem with what their article says about my brother. I'll be honest, it really made me feel terrible. ... The 'allegations' to which she (Wallace) must be referring were made by a handful of gossip websites. They are factually incorrect according to the coroner's office and the police department. I don't like publicly speaking about my brother's death, but I'm making an exception to correct this irresponsible claim.
Gordon-Levitt also added: "I did say quite a bit about how he lived, and how much he means to me. Dan was a brightly positive, genuinely caring, and brilliantly inspiring person, and I liked the idea of such wide readership learning about him. "
Joesph Gordon-Levitt stars in "The Dark Knight Rises" which opens this Friday in theaters.
Speculation has increased over the last few days regarding the role that his character John Blake plays in the film as critics have spoiled certain facts in reviews. One critic in particular noted that the ending frames of the film imply that Gordon-Levitt's character may have a longer story ahead of him. This could mean that a potential Batman series spin-off or continuation maybe in the works for the young actor.
Nonetheless, Gordon-Levitt is slated to star in other non-Batman films such "Premium Rush" which is directed by David Koepp. He will then be reunited with his "Brick" director Rian Johnson for "Looper" and he will end the year as Robert Todd Lincoln in Steven Speilberg's latest movie "Lincoln."
The GQ publication can be found in stores now.
On Thursday July 19, GQ published the following statement regarding Gordon-Levitt's reaction to the story.
An editor's note regarding our August 2012 cover story on the actor, who disputes our description of how his brother died
This week, after GQ's August profile of Joseph Gordon-Levitt hit newsstands, the actor took to his Tumblr page to challenge the accuracy of the magazine's description of the death of his older brother, Dan, on October 4, 2010.
Because the writer, Amy Wallace, and her editors understood the pain Dan's passing caused the Gordon-Levitt family, the story sought to be respectful-and brief-in the way it described his death, which GQ felt was a relevant fact in Joseph Gordon-Levitt's biography. The story stated that Dan, 36, who was close to his brother and often collaborated with him, "died of an alleged drug overdose in 2010. 'It was an accident' is all Joe will say about that.' "
The magazine stands by its reporting, the facts of which are fully supported-and have been confirmed in detail-by the Los Angeles County coroner's office.
READ REVIEW OF THE DARK KNIGHT RISES HERE.