‘Dark Knight Rises’ Star Joseph Gordon-Levitt Feared He’d Become a ‘Hopeless Ivory-Tower Douchebag’

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Nostalgic fans will remember Joseph Gordon-Levitt as little Tommy from 3rd Rock From The Sun, though the actor admits he wasn’t always such a sweet boy on set.

In the latest issue of GQ, The Dark Knight Rises star confesses he was “a sort of serious little dude—snobby” as a child actor and was concerned with mature matters like ecological damage.

“He was a very mature boy,” his former 3rd Rock costar John Lithgow recalls. “And now he’s a very youthful adult. He’s done a flip-flop.”

What does Gordon-Levitt think on his 31-year-old self now?

The actor admits that he feared he’d become “a hopeless ivory-tower douchebag,” adding, “I’m a little more forgiving now. I’ve grown to laugh at myself a little bit more than I did.”

And based on his view of girls growing up, the Hollywood heartthrob, 31, is also doing better in the romance department as well, telling GQ, “I thought girls my age were very frustrating. They were, like, looking in their compact mirrors and sh**, and I thought that was evil.”

His 500 Days of Summer costar Zooey Deschanel describes the adorable actor as “a little bit of a contrarian. … Very intellectual. Very, very serious and very intense.”

Despite being on the top of his game, Gordon-Levitt isn’t too keen on the celebrity and civilian social classes. “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 you that what you have to say doesn’t matter. It’s degrading.”

The actor will join Anne Hathaway and Christian Bale on the big screen for the final installment in Christopher Nolan’s Batman franchise when The Dark Knight Rises hits theaters Friday, July 20.

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