Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s recent Playboy interview reads like it was partially scripted by an Aaron Sorkin who doesn’t hate the Internet. During a wide-ranging conversation, the Premium Rush star revealed his biggest disappointment as a child actor (he wasn’t allowed to pet the dog in Beethoven), his love of musicals (“A song-and-dance role is closer to me personally than other characters I play”), and his disdain for the national news media. Here’s his Will McAvoy-esque rant:
My parents are political in that they’re well read and as up on the news as anybody I know. To me that is political activism, choosing to stay informed and not just watching CNN or some bulls– entertainment show. Every time I sit down and watch television news, I think, This is show business. That’s what I do. I say, go on the internet and find news from all over the world through the BBC, the Pacifica stations, newspapers, people’s blogs and tweets. It’s so funny when people say Fox is bad. Sure Fox is bad, but I don’t think CNN and MSNBC are really any better.
One question later, Gordon-Levitt slammed the media again, adding in a dig at a few major corporations for good measure:
People who have lots of money — people in corporations who have tons of money — are malevolently manipulating the system to keep their money. And the rest of the world suffers for it. You could show a trillion examples of how Goldman Sachs, McDonald’s, Walmart and Monsanto are clearly f–ing over everybody, but CNN, Fox and MSNBC are owned by Fortune 500 companies, so they never show any of it.
But don’t worry, apolitical folks with a thing for Inception — you can still have a crush on JGL. Everything he else he says in the interview is fairly uncontroversial: Daniel Day-Lewis is great! Zooey Deschanel is great! Christian Bale is great! (Well, that one could be argued against.) Gordon-Levitt also jokes about wanting to take down Lebron James, which is something a lot of people can get behind — especially if they’re from Ohio.
Check out the full Q&A at Playboy.com. See, sometimes you do want to read it strictly for the articles.