Between the late ’90s (when he was known as that kid on 3rd Rock from the Sun) and his supporting roles in blockbusters like G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and Inception, Joseph Gordon-Levitt found his niche in the realm of indie movies.
Besides his memorable turns in darker, unorthodox fare like Mysterious Skin and Brick, as well as the quirky rom-com (500) Days of Summer, Levitt more recently appeared in the 2010 Sundance Film Festival release, Hesher, which was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize. Now that title is finally due to arrive in theaters this spring.
Here’s a basic description of the film’s titular character (Levitt) and his lot in life:
Hesher is a loner. He hates the world and everyone in it. He has long greasy hair and homemade tattoos. He is malnourished and smokes a lot of cigarettes. He likes fire and blowing things up. He lives in his van, until he meets TJ (Devin Brochu).
For more information (but not too much more) concerning the plot of Hesher, watch the trailer below:
UPDATE: We’ve added the official domestic Trailer above.
“I’m sure you’ve seen or heard about the HESHER trailer that’s spreading around. I wanted to let you know that it’s far from the official trailer. It’s a trailer cut for foreign markets from the same “geniuses” who tried to change the name to “rebel”. While it’s not a bad trailer, it was created by the foreign sales representatives of the film for the specific intent of explaining the film to people in foreign, often non-english-speaking markets. I’m happy to see that people online like the trailer and are interested in HESHER, but the trailer doesn’t accurately present the tone of the film or the character of Hesher. Anyway, I’m looking forward to sharing the official trailer which will be out very soon and I feel will communicate the film’s intent more clearly.”
The film looks as though it could be just a standard coming-of-age story about a young boy from a broken home who befriends an eccentric outcast – one who has a profound effect on his life. On the other hand, given Hesher’s penchant for home-made explosives and arson, he probably won’t be the kind of stereotypical harmless outcast that tends to pop up in these tales.
Levitt is an engaging actor to watch onscreen, and his presence alone could make Hesher worth checking out. Rainn Wilson (The Office) rarely gets to show off his dramatic acting chops, so it may be refreshing to see him try to play serious as TJ’s scraggly, heart-broken father in the movie.
However, there is one potential warning light that goes off in this trailer – both Levitt and especially Natalie Portman’s physical appearances in the film. If co-writer/director Spencer Susser believes that by having the Black Swan starlet don thick glasses and Levitt grow out his hair he successfully made them look “ugly” (re: ordinary)… he failed.
Hesher arrives in theaters on a yet-to-be-determined date this April.
Update Source: Gordon and The Whale