Joseph Gordon-Levitt Comments on Voicing "The Wind Rises" Lead

Also talks about involvement with adaptation of Neil Gaiman's "Sandman"

Fresh off Hayao Miyazaki's final anime movie The Wind Rises being nominated for the "Best Foreign Language Film" Golden Globe, actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt commented to USA and social media about voicing plane designer Jiro Horikoshi in the English dub of the film.

 

Miyazaki fan Gordon-Levitt told USA Today, "What I love about acting is becoming somebody else, and when you're just doing the voice and the animation is providing the visuals, you can really become someone else." 

 

Gordon-Levitt feels The Wind Rises is "clearly the work of someone who's a master at their craft." And instead of imaginary creatures and worlds, "this one is more grounded in human beings and a historical moment in time," Gordon-Levitt says. However, "there's still a flavor of magic in it as you go inside the mind of this aeronautics engineer and you see him walking on the wings of airplanes in his dream."

 

 

 

Other cast members include:

Joseph Gordon-Levitt — main character Jiro Horikoshi

Emily Blunt — love interest Nahoko Satomi

John Krasinski — Honjo, Jiro's college pal and fellow aviation engineer

Martin Short — Kurokawa, Jiro's grumpy boss

Stanley Tucci — Caproni, Italian airplane creator

Mandy Patinkin — Hattori, senior designer at Mitsubishi

William H. Macy — Satomi, Nahoko's father

Werner Herzog — the mysterious Castorp

Mae Whitman — Kayo, Jiro's younger sister, as well as Kinu, Nahoko's caretaker

Jennifer Grey — Mrs. Kurokawa

Darren Criss — Katayama, one of Jiro's engineering colleagues

Elijah Wood — Sone, another of Jiro's colleagues

Ronan Farrow — Mitsubishi employee

 

The Wind Rises is set for limited release in North American theaters on February 21 and will expand a week later. Under the Touchstone Pictures banner, the film also played Oscar-qualifying engagements in New York and Los Angeles on November 8-14.

Gordon-Levitt also commented on his involvement with an adaptation of Neil Gaiman's Sandman comic. He'd been rumored to be directing.

 

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Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.

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