Fresh off the frying pan of his debut in the Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight series, Joseph Gordon-Levitt is arriving on the August cover of GQ magazine. Only he’s not completely thrilled with how the article turned out…
Today on his personal blog, the actor spoke out with his reaction to the feature spread titled “Boy Wonder.” He took issue with the wording when it came to the topic of his late brother, Daniel.
The line that Gordon-Levitt highlighted in his post mentioned Daniel’s cause of death.
“A photographer and fire spinner who went by the moniker Burning Dan, the elder Gordon-Levitt died of an alleged drug overdose in 2010," the original article reads.
For the actor it was the word “alleged” that rubbed him the wrong way.
“Using the word ‘alleged’ technically allows the writer to say whatever she wants,” he wrote. “The ‘allegations’ to which she must be referring were made by a handful of gossip websites.”
Daniel died at the young age of 36. He was known as a fire spinner under the stage name Burning Dan. According to the blog post, citing the cause of death as an OD is “factually incorrect according to the coroner’s office and the police department.”
Gordon-Levitt has never officially announced the cause of his brother’s death. In fact, he has shied away from the topic altogether, preferring to focus on what it was like when he was alive.
A 2011 interview with NPR was no exception to this trend…
“He was an extreme optimist. And so encouraging,” he said. “His whole thing was getting people to bring to the forefront 'the superhero inside of them,' is one of the ways he would put it.”
Despite his disappointment in the writer’s approach to the subject, he did thank GQ for deciding to feature him in the first place saying it was “is a huge help to all the work I love to do, and I’m deeply appreciative.”
GQ has yet to respond to our request for comment.
UPDATE: An editor's note regarding our August 2012 cover story on the actor, who disputes our description of how his brother died
This week, after GQ's August profile of Joseph Gordon-Levitt hit newsstands, the actor took to his Tumblr page to challenge the accuracy of the magazine's description of the death of his older brother, Dan, on October 4, 2010.
Because the writer, Amy Wallace, and her editors understood the pain Dan's passing caused the Gordon-Levitt family, the story sought to be respectful—and brief—in the way it described his death, which GQ felt was a relevant fact in Joseph Gordon-Levitt's biography. The story stated that Dan, 36, who was close to his brother and often collaborated with him, "died of an alleged drug overdose in 2010. 'It was an accident' is all Joe will say about that.' "
The magazine stands by its reporting, the facts of which are fully supported—and have been confirmed in detail—by the Los Angeles County coroner's office.