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Why Joseph Gordon-Levitt didn’t go to prom: I thought girls in high school acted ‘evil’

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In movies like "(500) Days of Summer" and "50/50," Joseph Gordon-Levitt, 31, leaves the ladies swooning. But back in his days at Van Nuys High School in Los Angeles, not so much. He didn't even go to his prom! "I thought the girls my age were very frustrating," Gordon-Levitt reveals in the new issue of GQ magazine. "They were, like, looking in their compact mirrors and s--t, and I thought that was evil." For his part, the actor says he was a "serious little dude — snobby."

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Today, Gordon-Levitt, who goes by Joe, has brought that seriousness to his career. He's got four movies coming out before year's end, including a mysterious role in this weekend's highly-anticipated "The Dark Knight Rises." Both Gordon-Levitt and director Christopher Nolan have stayed mum on details about his character. So far, what we know is that he's a Gotham City police officer named John Blake who serves as a protege to Gary Oldman's Commissioner Gordon. According to Internet rumors, though, he might also be Batman's sidekick Robin, or a nemesis like the Riddler! In addition to the Batman flick, Gordon-Levitt will soon be seen in next month's thriller "Premium Rush," sci-fi film "Looper" with Bruce Willis, and Steven Spielberg's biopic "Lincoln" as the president's son. As if that weren't enough, he's currently directing his first feature film, a 2013 comedy called "Don Jon's Addiction," in which he stars with Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore, and his "Angels in the Outfield" co-star Tony Danza.

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Gordon-Levitt and Gary Oldman in the new Batman flick. (Warner Bros.)

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Still, don't call him a celebrity! Gordon-Levitt makes it pretty clear he's not a fan of the way America worships them. "I really don't like this notion that some people are more important than other people," he says. "These stories about these elevated people called 'celebrities' teaches [non-famous people] that what you have to say doesn't matter. It's degrading." The former "3rd Rock From the Sun" star's doing his part to change the way these deified entertainers work by investing $500,000 in hitRECord.org, a website he founded where filmmakers can post their content and remix it with other people's work. To hear him tell it, it's the way of the future. "The entertainment business as it has been is not going to be around that much longer. The way it's going is, there's going to be artists, and they'll make their s--t, and they'll connect to their audience, and you don't need any of the middlemen — the studios or the agents."

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Read Gordon-Levitt's full interview in the August issue of GQ, on newsstands July 24.

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