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Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Defining Moment

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The Walk
“Mr. Zemeckis is so good at weaving together a yarn that I was just along for the ride,” the star of The Walk, which tells the tale of daredevil high-wire artist Philippe Petit and his walk between the Twin Towers, recalls. “One of the greatest things that he said to me was, ‘My favorite special effect is a close up.’ What I think he meant was you can have the coolest, most expensive visual effects in the world, but if the audience doesn’t sincerely care about the human beings in the story, then those effects are nothing but visual.”

 Gordon-Levitt wears his own clothing. Photographed on location at the Empire Hotel, New York City.