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In honor of Joseph Gordon-Levitt's latest starring role as a terrorized bike messenger in the action flick Premium Rush, here are our 15 favorite JGL moments that resonated with the gay community.
For more on these and other projects, read JGL's 2010 interview with The Advocate.
JGL's breakthrough adult film role came in Gregg Araki's 2004 drama Mysterious Skin, which is based on Scott Helm's 1995 novel. JGL stars as Neil Mccormick, a young gay hustler damaged by sexual abuse at the hands of his baseball coach.
JGL plays Elder Paul, a straight, homophobic Mormon bully in Latter Days, C. Jay Cox's 2004 film about the relationship between a closeted Mormon missionary and his openly gay neighbor.
When JGL appeared as Eric’s gay buddy on a 1998 episode of That ’70s Show, he and star Topher Grace shared the first gay kiss on North American prime-time TV.
JGL made his professional stage debut in 2001 when he replaced Queer as Folk's Gale Harold in the off-Broadway play Uncle Bob as the sexually confused nephew of a gay man with AIDS.
JGL played an old alien trapped in a human teen's body in the 1996-2001 NBC sitcom 3rd Rock from the Sun, which also starred Kristen Johnston as an alien uncomfortable in a woman's body — a premise that naturally allowed for comical drag and the exploration of gender roles.
(500) Days of Summer director Marc Webb shot a Sid and Nancy-themed video short for Mean magazine's Cinemash series, but here's the twist: Zooey Deschanel plays Sid Vicious and JGL plays Nancy Spungen in drag. Watch the video here.
Set to "You Make My Dreams" by Hall & Oates, JGL's romantic fantasy dance sequence is a highlight of 2009's (500) Days of Summer.
In Shadowboxer, a 2006 thriller by out filmmaker Lee Daniels, JGL plays a corrupt doctor whose lover is a junkie nurse... played by Mo'Nique!
Soldier boys will be soldier boys in Stop-Loss, out filmmaker Kimberly Peirce's 2008 follow-up to Boys Don't Cry, which stars JGL, Channing Tatum, and Ryan Phillippe as squad pals in Texas.
As a pot-smoking squatter who looks a lot like Jesus — that has to be someone's type, right? — JGL spends much of the 2011 indie Hesher hanging out in his dingy white briefs.
When hosting SNL in 2009, JGL once again showed off his fine musical comedy skills in his monologue, a wall-climbing homage to the "Make ’Em Laugh" scene in Singin' in the Rain.
JGL stars as an teenager with full-blown AIDS who bonds with an HIV-positive prostitute in the gritty 1998 drama Sweet Jane.
SPOILER ALERT! But shame on you if you haven't seen The Dark Knight Rises yet. In the film's final moments, JGL's young policeman character's name is revealed to be Robin, just like Batman's little buddy sidekick — much to the delight of gay fanboys and slash fiction shippers everywhere.
JGL had the gay blogosphere buzzing in May when he shared a photo of his newly buff bod from the set of his upcoming film Don Jon's Addiction, which also marks his debut as director and screenwriter.