Posted on Tue Jul 17, 2012 01:59 PM PDT
Joseph Gordon-Levitt covers the new issue of GQ, and while his photo shoot produced some stunning images (see the gallery below), the 31-year-old actor became quite upset with the magazine when he read the accompanying interview, which claims his older brother Dan died of a drug overdose.
The Dark Knight Rises star posted the following message on his website, titled "Burning Dan in GQ":
- "First of all, I'd like to thank both of the Jims and everyone else at GQ for putting me on the cover of their magazine this month. That kind of exposure is a huge help to all to work I love to do, and I'm deeply appreciative.
I'm writing this because I have a problem with what their article says about my brother. I'll be honest, it really made me feel terrible. Here's a quote:
"…the elder Gordon-Levitt died of an alleged drug overdose in 2010. 'It was an accident' is all Joe will say about that."
Using the world "alleged" technically allows the writer to say whatever she wants. The "allegations" to which she must be referring were made by a handful of gossip websites. They are factually incorrect according to the coroner's office and the police department ... I don’t like publicly speaking about my brother’s death, but I’m making an exception to correct this irresponsible claim.
By the way, while I asked the writer not to dwell on how he died, I did say quite a bit about how he lived, and how much he means to me. Dan was a brightly positive, genuinely caring, and brilliantly inspiring person, and I liked the idea of such a wide readership learning about him. My parents and I are disappointed with what the article chose to focus on regarding this sensitive subject."
In addition to the bit about his late brother, the mag talks about Gordon-Levitt's acting talents and his hitRECord.org website, so it's not all bad. The publication has yet to issue any sort of a statement about the matter...
Think they'll apologize?