Joseph Gordon-Levitt says 7500 offered him "creative challenge"

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From Digital Spy

Joseph Gordon-Levitt has explained why he chose new thriller 7500 as the project to mark his cinematic return.

It's been four years since his last performance, as whistleblower Edward Snowden in director Oliver Stone's Snowden, unless you count two voice cameos in Rian Johnson double Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Knives Out.

Speaking to Yahoo Entertainment over video chat, the Inception actor admitted that his acting hiatus was inspired by fatherhood.

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"I took a couple years off when I had kids," he said, referring to his and wife Tasha McCauley's two young boys born in 2015 and 2017.

"I knew that [with] my first job back, I really wanted to focus on finding a creative challenge, and not think about, 'Oh, what should my next career move be having taken some time off?'

"I really just wanted to focus on the art of it and why I love acting so much."

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Joseph portrays Tobias Ellis in 7500, a US pilot whose flight from Berlin to Paris is highjacked by Islamic extremists.

Almost the whole movie unravels within the confines of the plane's cockpit, and the star further commented: "It was really intense because we're telling an extreme story, but it was really, really rewarding for me."

7500 is available to watch now on Amazon Prime Video.

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