Perhaps I’m the only one who has experienced this, but when I saw the trailer for Looper the first time, I thought “wow, that guy looks a lot like Joseph Gordon-Levitt.” Then I thought, “Oh it IS Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Then I thought, “No, there’s no way. If anything someone built a creepy android to vaguely look like Joseph Gordon Levitt.”
But it is him, and I suspected that perhaps eye color played more of a role in how we perceive people. JGL has some of the most striking dark eyes in the business (ooo la la!), but when they’re changed to blue, he looks like an entirely different person.
That’s not it either however, and the final answer lies in the fact that in addition to the contacts, JGL underwent three hours of make-up to look like a younger Bruce Willis for Looper. My question is if this is actually necessary or not. Is it worth it to make your actor look almost unrecognizable in order for this kind of effect? And really, I think the moviegoing public is forgiving enough where they just could have popped the blue contacts in and we would have bought the two were different versions of themselves. But to force him into rather off-putting make-up seems like a strange decision, as he looks more robot than human.
All this said, this movie looks pretty wicked. See Earth X JGL and Bruce Willis in it this September.