Hey BEDerp. I got to go to a preview screening of HESHER this evening. I guess it's going to be released in theatres soon, although I do not know how widely. I saw it at Sundance 2010 and remember it as one of my favorites. And then my mind was later blown when I realized that Hesher was played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt. This was around the time of Inception and when I finally got around to watching (500) Days of Summer. I'm pretty sure at Sundance I was at the premiere screening in the Egyptian Theatre. And that Joe was there. Because I remember being surprised at how different the actor was from his character. The hair! It just felt like a complete transformation.
But watching it again after over a year, and now being aware of Joe's persona, and the happenstance of running into and talking to him this past fall--it felt different. I had trouble seeing the character; I just kept seeing Joseph Gordon-Levitt acting. I was even less enthused with Natalie. The kid was still great though. And the film is still great. Enough balance of quirky with silly with pretty shots of California sunshine. I just hated that I couldn't watch it in the same way. Hesher was no longer Hesher. It was Joe with long hair and being ultra badass. I feel like I've just experienced first hand the beauty of unknown actors.