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Sunday 26 April 2015

Gordon-Levitt: Miyazaki's an artist

Joseph Gordon-Levitt voices Jiro Horikoshi in The Wind Rises
Joseph Gordon-Levitt voices Jiro Horikoshi in The Wind Rises

Joseph Gordon-Levitt has revealed he had no hesitations in signing on to voice a character in Hayao Miyazaki's The Wind Rises.

The Don Jon star said he agreed to be the English language voice of aircraft designer Jiro Horikoshi in the animated movie, which is the Japanese filmmaker's final work.

"I love really good movies and Miyazaki is clearly one of the living masters of film-making. I've been a fan of his movies for a number of years and so when I got the call that I had the opportunity to do a voice in the English version, I jumped at the chance," he said.

"I feel like when I watch his movies, like Spirited Away for example or Princess Mononoke, you just get that feeling when you remember what it's like to be four years old, when the world is a magical place. Everything is wondrous and he sort of invites you in to see that way again."

Joseph, who next stars in Sin City: A Dame To Kill For, said Miyazaki's films are like art.

" Sometimes when I go to the movies, I want to laugh and sometimes when I go, I want to see something that gets me pumped up, but sometimes I just want to see something beautiful," he said.

"And this movie, and I am not exaggerating, is about as beautiful a movie as I have ever seen in my life. Miyazaki says it is his last movie and this guy is clearly one of the great masters ever in cinema. And, this is a masterpiece."

Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Werner Herzog, William H Macy and Stanley Tucci also lend their voices to characters in The Wind Rises, which is in cinemas now.

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