"Pictures of Assholes"

A gripping look at the paparazzi from the other side of the camera.

By Kerry Lauerman

Published March 28, 2007 11:00AM (EDT)

Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt ("Brick," "Mysterious Skin" and the upcoming "The Lookout"), who sat down with Salon's Andrew O'Hehir, maintains a very cool little Web site (hitrecord.org) that includes some journal entries, correspondence and a nice collection of video shorts, including our favorite below. Here, Gordon-Levitt turns the tables on some marauding photographers who cornered him and a friend (the "La Dolce Vita" moment is a classic). After describing the event on his site, he writes, "I do believe that the myth of 'Celebrity' is not just innocently shallow entertainment, but a powerful and fundamental part of a larger movement revolving around greed, apathy and hierarchy that is currently dragging us down, down, down, lower and scarier, and perhaps weaker than we've ever, ever been. Smile!b


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