Viewpoint: ‘Inception’ star’s rumored ‘Django Unchained’ role is awesome

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By Joshua Madden
A&E Editor

Most people are familiar with Joseph Gordon-Levitt for his roles in “Inception” and “(500) Days of Summer,” because those movies were both critically acclaimed. So the only logical question many of us can think to ask is this: can Gordon-Levitt continue to do such awesome films?

The rumors right now would seem to indicate that this is indeed the case. According to New York Magazine article titled, “Joseph Gordon-Levitt Eyes Django Unchained,” the actor is in talks for a part in Quentin Tarantino’s new film “Django Unchained.”

Normally, I wouldn’t write about something that is still essentially just a rumor, but this is far too awesome to ignore.

Quentin Tarantino is known for some strange casting choices, including Mike Meyers as a British general in the hit film “Inglourious Basterds,” so if anyone can take the light and friendly Gordon-Levitt and throw him into a film about violent slave owners, it’s Tarantino.

Quentin Tarantino’s films are often the highlights of the cinematic year for many of us, so seeing Gordon-Levitt on screen alongside Christopher Waltz and Samuel Jackson would simply be too cool to not do.

So this column is directed towards any Hollywood executive with any say in the matter: if you can do something to ensure Gordon-Levitt’s involvement in “Django Unchained,” please do so.

Could this be what is needed to bring romantic comedy fans and Tarantino-fans together? I certainly hope so.

Get on it, Hollywood executives. Don’t let this rumor turn out to be false.

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