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10 times JGL affirmed his icon status

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JGL is a certified bae, and has been smashing the game for literally 30 years! He's a true creative tour-de-force of his generation, and what better time than on his 37th birthday to reminisce over his best moments?! Here are 10 times JGL affirmed his icon status:

1. 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

Most of us would have discovered this gem a good few years after it actually came out way back in 1999,  but no one could deny how formative this film was. Heath Ledger and Gordon-Levitt cover the range of the spectrum from dangerous bad-boy with a heart of gold to attentive sweetheart with a fierce right hook. This film was total crush-bait, and JGL’s had a piece of our hearts ever since.

2. Treasure Planet (2002)

This iconic animation is a Treasure Island meets Star Trek adventure that’s the perfect comfort movie, no matter the situation. JGL plays the plucky Jim Hawkins, who gets caught up in the whirlwind hunt for treasure amongst the stars. 

3. (500) Days of Summer (2009)

His performance here is obviously impeccable, but it’s JGL’s staunch attitude regarding his character when he talks about the film that really gets me going. Unlike the hordes of viewers who hate Summer, and think Tom is the ideal guy, Gordon-Levitt is quick to remind everyone that his character is equally as messed up.

"The (500) Days of Summer attitude of 'He wants you so bad' seems attractive to some women and men, especially younger ones," the actor said. "But I would encourage anyone who has a crush on my character to watch it again and examine how selfish he is."

"He develops a mildly delusional obsession over a girl onto whom he projects all these fantasies," Gordon-Levitt explained. "He thinks she’ll give his life meaning because he doesn’t care about much else going on in his life. A lot of boys and girls think their lives will have meaning if they find a partner who wants nothing else in life but them. That’s not healthy. That’s falling in love with the idea of a person, not the actual person."

4. His bond with Nolan 

Inception (2010) and The Dark Knight Rises (2012) both gave us some truly iconic JGL roles — the uptight dream-thief Arthur, and the cliffhanger teaser of Dick Grayson. Arthur’s snarky background chemistry with Tom Hardy’s Eames in Inception ensures they’ll go down in the history books as the most iconic background characters of all time, while his reinvention of the plucky orphan sidekick brought a refreshing dose of humanity to the darkest of Dark Knight films. I’ll always be disappointed we didn’t see him in red tights though!

5. Looper (2012)

Doing a Bruce Willis impression with full Bruce Willis facial prosthetics, when your scene partner is none other than Bruce Willis? When could your fave ever?! Enough said.

6. Don Jon (2013)

Maybe a lesser known film, and certainly a very weird one, Gordon-Levitt’s character isn’t exactly a heartbreaker: a porn addict with a terrible haircut, whose unrealistic expectations of women ruin his love life. JGL wrote, directed, and stars in this sharply funny satirical take on toxic masculinity and the damaging effect that porn has. Though supremely uncomfortable to watch at times, this film is a certified feminist must-watch.

7. Lip Sync Legend

Only if you’ve been living under a rock for the last 5 years would you not know about this man’s ridiculous lip-sync skills. What’s more attractive than someone willing to fully commit themselves? From Nicki Minaj to Janet Jackson, Gordon-Levitt isn’t afraid to show off his diva side.

8. Skilled at costumes, he is

He totally had an alien cameo in The Last Jedi, but sadly it wasn’t as Yoda. Honestly, if he showed up looking like this at my Star Wars premiere, I’d cast him on the spot.

9. Snowden (2016)

Forget Justin Trudeau - JGL is the true #WokeBae. He not only starred in the biopic and gave an uncannily accurate performance of the man himself, Gordon-Levitt helped bring the spotlight back to the heart of the issue through his "Are you there, Democracy? It's me, the Internet" campaign.

10. HitRECord

Gordon-Levitt’s creative collaboration website has been the springboard for so many amazing projects. A place where creatives from all over the world can make all kinds of art together, HitRECord has produced everything from books to a TV-show, to short films, music, animations, and more — all from the creativity of its members! Sign up today — who knows? You might end up working on a project with the man himself!

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