Heist/movie musical short film starring Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Posted by · 7:43 am · August 5th, 2009

(from left) Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-LevittIt seems the folks behind the summer romance “(500) Days of Summer” have been up to some extra-curricular activities as of late.  Director Marc Webb and actors Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel recently put together a short film inspired by heist cinema and movie musicals that is…frankly kind of pointless.  But it served as a nice exclusive for USA Today and will surely be a delightful diversion for the film’s many fans.

Here’s a taste of Anthony Breznican’s story:

Gordon-Levitt plays a stoic man in a neat blue suit, turning to crime in a moment of absolute desperation. Deschanel is the gorgeous, wide-eyed teller, disarming the dangerous man (metaphorically speaking) in a playful, twirling, fox-trotting dance through the stuffy, starkly lit marble lobby. The other dour denizens go about their business unaware.

Providing the soundtrack: the song Why Do You Let Me Stay Here? by She & Him, Deschanel’s retro-rock duo with musician M. Ward.

This aside was also particularly interesting:

Deschanel and Gordon-Levitt say they hope to team up repeatedly and have aspirations of being a regular screen couple, like Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers or Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn.

They’re not a real couple, but they’re good at faking it.

“I think it’s great to have continuous collaborators,” Deschanel says. “It’s a shortcut that makes it so much more fun. The job is much easier when you can go to set and be like, ‘Ah, Joe!'”

I’d love to see something like that happen again.  More on the making of the short here.  Take a look:

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  • 1 8-05-2009 at 10:58 am

    colby said...

    you’re right, it’s kind of pointless…except for the fact that i will be the hero of the day to my wife, who is the biggest zooey fan, ever…especially of her she and him stuff….so…big points for colby

  • 2 8-05-2009 at 11:03 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Hard to argue with that.

  • 3 8-05-2009 at 3:33 pm

    Adam Smith said...

    Well, if you just look at it as a music video for the She & Him song, it’s definitely a fun little trifle. There’s a fair amount of wit to it (I thought the tinkling out the piano note’s on his face was fun), and the two have great chemistry. I probably won’t watch it again any time soon, but if something like that popped up on MTV, I’d definitely be intrigued.

  • 4 8-06-2009 at 8:00 am

    Carlo said...

    i think having them as regulars together would be awesome!:D

  • 5 8-06-2009 at 9:35 am

    Eunice said...

    Well, they look good together and they make a good onscreen couple. Besides, it’s been a long time since we’ve seen actors regularly collaborating to the Hepburn-Tracy and Astaire-Rogers extent, and as long as they work with good scriptwriters and directors, I’m all for it.

  • 6 8-07-2009 at 4:19 pm

    DJ said...

    Is anyone else imagining a remake of “Mary Poppins” with these two in it? Blast me if you must.

  • 7 8-17-2009 at 7:17 am

    nasser said...

    hi please send me afilm