Levitt: directors wouldn't hire me
Published 29/11/2011 | 14:17
Joseph Gordon-Levitt has revealed he struggled to make it big in films.
The 50/50 star had his break in acting aged 15 in TV comedy Third Rock From The Sun and has since starred in hit films (500) Days of Summer, Inception and the upcoming Batman film. But he told The Guardian there was a time when he only got offered TV roles.
Joseph said: "For a while, after [Third Rock From The Sun] no one wanted to hire me to do anything but a TV show, and I didn't really want to do that again.
"I'm grateful to a few filmmakers who took a chance on me, like Gregg Araki, who made Mysterious Skin, or Rian Johnson, who made Brick. These are guys who were able to see that I could play these other roles. I really owe them all my subsequent opportunities."
The 30-year-old actor added: "I'm sure luck has a lot to do with it, I wouldn't deny that."
When he was 19, Joseph enrolled at Columbia University, but then dropped out to further pursue his acting career.
He revealed he learned French "pretty well" while he was still studying, confessing he wanted to be able to speak to French girls.
He joked: "I suffer from Francophilia. I think that's partly from movies and partly... French girls are just really sexy to me."