Comic-Con 2012: Travel Back in Time with the Cast of ‘Looper’
Time travel is tricky, not just because of the logistics, but the fact that there are so many permutations of the genre that it’s hard to come up with an original take. But director Rian Johnson has done just that with his new film Looper. Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis and Emily Blunt, the movie promises to be more timey-wimey than wibbly-wobbly. Film Equals was at Comic-Con to hear all about it.
Since Johnson and Gordon-Levitt have worked together before, Johnson wrote the role of an assassin charged with killing his future self with the actor in mind, a first for Gordon-Levitt. In the film’s future, it is impossible to dispose of a body, so when a hit is ordered, the mob zap their victims back to the past, and the loopers take care of them and get rid of the evidence.
But as Gordon-Levitt pointed out, when your future self is Bruce Willis, that task becomes a lot harder. When the future version gets away, Emily Blunt’s character is pulled into the race to find him and kill him before the mob catches up.
It was unclear exactly which actor undertook prosethetic makeup to simulate the other as Johnson used both of their names when speaking of it, but in order to make Gordon-Levitt and Willis to look more alike, one of them endured the process every day. More than that, though, Gordon-Levitt tried to embody Willis, but not as a cariacture. He went deeper, to find the essence of the man, rather than just his tone and mannerisms.
By all accounts, he succeeded. The film looks to be an action-packed thriller with a sci-fi twist that serves it well.
Looper travels to theatres on September 28th, 2012.