Casting CallFive Actors Who Should Play Gordon Freeman in A Half-Life Movie
3. Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Okay, here's the happy medium between the last two picks. He's intelligent. He's got boyish good looks. He can look cool in that crazy costume. And he's really popular with the kids these days. Moreover, JGL has injected all his characters with at least a modicum of depth. We know from the fantastic Brick that he can convey an ocean of emotion non-verbally. We know from 500 Days of Summer that he can navigate the clunkiest of verbose Kevin Smith-style dialogue, and we know from Looper that he is perfectly believable as a stoic killing machine.
I feel that Gordon-Levitt's Gordon Freeman would be the most believable as the idealist fighting the Combine and the totalitarian regime found in Half-Life 2. There's something inherently inspiring and heroic about him. And though the game slides into humor and melodrama and balls-to-the-wall action without missing a beat, I think he could pull it off. Heck, if the Half-Life franchise decided to become a musical midway through, Joseph Gordon-Levitt would succeed in adapting his performance.