Hollywood superstar Joseph Gordon-Levitt paid a surprise visit to a movie theater in Wellington and then invited the locals.
The Inception and 10 things I hate about you actor put a callout on his Instagram Stories Sunday morning and invited Wellingtonians to the screening of the David Fincher drama at 5pm Limp at The Roxy Cinema in Miramar.
Roxy staff took to Facebook after Gordon-Levitt’s message, posting, “Well, that sold out fast …”
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The serving manager Liam Reid confirmed that tickets for the 165 seats “fairly quickly” sold out after Instagram story of Gordon-Levitt.
“He’s in the cinema enjoying the movie with a really nice audience,” said Reid.
The staff “got a bit of a warning” about the star’s visit, but handled it as usual.
“We just took it in stride and we are more than happy to adapt. We’ve had people like John Landau for a question and answer when we screened Titanic recently.”
Reid said while the buzzing atmosphere thanks to the presence of Gordon-Levitt, he said there was general excitement about the Limp.
“This is probably one of the major Oscar heavyweights, so it’s great to see that people also come for such a great movie.”
Gordon-Levitt focused his message Sunday morning specifically on the Wellingtonians.
‘I’m going to the movies tonight. It’s actually my first time going to the cinema in nine months or so since the pandemic hit.
‘I’m going to a movie with a friend of mine I work with now called Limp, an incredible new movie that David Fincher made, ”he continued.
“My friend is named Arliss Howard, he’s a fantastic actor, we’re here to work together, and he’s in this movie, and we’re going to go see it in a theater.
Upon seeing the post, Paddy Doyle of The Roxy Cinema said Gordon-Levitt’s post had come as a nice surprise.
“When I came in it was only about 20 percent full, now it’s half-full, so I have a feeling that could be why.”
Caleb Turnbull, 20, missed out on a ticket, but decided to head down anyway to see if he could snap a photo with the star.
‘He’s just one of those actors I grew up to. I’m probably watching 10 things I hate about you at least once a year it’s just your classic teen movie. ”
‘I grew up with his film, not on purpose, but he was just part of my childhood. But I also had nothing better to do on Sundays. ”
Gordon-Levitt revealed he was in New Zealand working on a project he had been unable to continue in Los Angeles due to the coronavirus pandemic in an interview with The conversation on CBS last month.
“We could find no way felt really safe for us, so we came here to New Zealand,” he said.
“They have dealt with the pandemic in an incredible way and life is normal.”