Alone with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, the actor who created Mr. Corman in his image and likeness

Life is not all the time rosy and Mr. Corman knows it well. Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt (500 days with her, Inception and The Chicago 7 trial), the new series of Apple TV+ takes us in an emotional journey through the mind of Josh Corman.

Hopefully, and if he had made better decisions, Josh Corman I would have been a rock star. He is now a fifth grade teacher, and although he likes his job, he is still looking for something to give his life meaning. His midlife crisis is compounded by his recent separation and its anxiety attacks. You know you have a lot to be thankful for, but, alone, your mind tells you the opposite.

By way of a dramatic comedy, this 10 episode story –The first three are already available and a new one is enabled every Friday– it was Created, directed by, and starring Gordon-Levitt himself, who is also the executive producer. A complete bet on a story with which he himself is identified.

Alone with Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Smiling and with his ever youthful, almost eternal adolescent look, Joseph Gordon-Levitt connects to chat via Zoom with Clarion. He will explain his similarities with the fears of his character, the importance of these types of stories and he even encourages himself to speak in Spanish.

–How would you describe your character Mr. Josh Corman?

–Mr. Corman is a kind-hearted guy, who has a lot to be thankful for and goes out of his way to be happy, but not 100% of the time. And still wants to be happy

– Do you feel that you have things in common with your character?

-I believe that i am like him. There are many things in my life that I am grateful for, but I have moments when my mind sinks in dark places. I try to stop her and say: ‘Hey mind, don’t feel like that. You have a lot to be thankful for ‘but he doesn’t always listen to me. That’s what the show is about: getting into a person’s point of view in a very intimate way. See the darkness and the light and find humor there.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars in the new Apple TV + series, “Mr. Corman”

–Then I take this question from the series. Do you consider yourself a lucky person?

-The answer is yes. I consider myself extremely lucky. Look, I’ve worked a lot to get where I am, sure I have, but a lot of people work a lot and not everyone has the same strokes of luck that I have had. I think I am incredibly lucky.

“I consider that, as a world, we have to begin to recognize how much luck influences life of all. I think we could probably all be much more understanding and forgiving of each other if we recognized that, “he admits.

–You wrote this story, directed it, produced it and are the protagonist. There are many responsibilities …

-Definitely. Well, first of all, I want to say that in Mr. Corman there are many collaborators. I don’t do everything there. There have been a lot of other great writers and another great director. That is why it is important to recognize those who deserve it.

Juno Temple and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Mr. Corman

Juno Temple and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Mr. Corman

– Do you feel as comfortable behind as in front of the camera?

–I love both sides. I love acting and also the other facets of the process. I’m a movie nerdYou know, I’ve always been fascinated by what the photography and camera industry does. And the production design one. How does editing work? O What about music? And getting to play with all those different tools has always been a lot of fun for me.

-In this case, “Mr. Corman” it’s your return to television after 20 years. Did you miss the format, working in series?

– I love the format of the series. And you’re right, when I was a kid I was on a series called 3rd Rock from the Sun, which I had a lot of fun to do. But that format was very different. It was an old-fashioned sitcom with a live studio audience and multiple cameras. Now, 20 years later, television has changed enormously. And today Mr. Corman it doesn’t remind me much of that.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt en "3rd Rock from the Sun".  The series that launched him to stardom 20 years ago.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt in “3rd Rock from the Sun”. The series that launched him to stardom 20 years ago.

–What would you associate this show with?

-It’s more like the movies that came out of the Sundance festival in the ’90s that I love since my youth, Swingers, Glow in the night, O Big Night O One last drink. Movies like that, about imperfect people and their complicated struggles with their own mind and their own growth. It is lovely to see that there is such an audience for this today.

–And streaming platforms allow us to explore that much more in depth …

– Back then those films had little audience, they were independent films, they were screened at festivals or in art cinemas, in large cosmopolitan cities, but today there are many more attendees who, I think, are moved by these very human stories. That is why it is wonderful that large streaming services like Apple TV + accept stories like this and propose them to this audience.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt junto a Debra Winger

Joseph Gordon-Levitt junto a Debra Winger

Translation / Subtitles: Román García Azcárate


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Alone with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, the actor who created Mr. Corman in his image and likeness

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