Joseph Gordon-Levitt is the lip sync king, but could he defeat the queen, Emma Stone? Joseph Gordon-Levitt appeared on the Spike channel’s Lip Sync Battle where he delivered a flawless rendition of Janet Jackson’s “Rhythm Nation” (see the video above for the lip sync battle and more of Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s performances). Gordon-Levitt competed against Anthony Mackie who performed “2 Legit 2 Quit,” and while Mackie’s performance was amazing, no one was prepared for what Joseph Gordon-Levitt was about to do. Gordon-Levitt is an entertainer in the truest form and is not only a phenomenal actor, but also a singer, dancer, writer, filmmaker, and founder of HitRecord. As social media networks continue to marvel at Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Janet Jackson impersonation, complete with ponytail and bright red lipstick, a common theme continues to emerge: demand for a lip sync battle between Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Emma Stone.
LMAO Joseph Gordon-Levitt killed this Rhythm Nation choreo 😭 this was great pic.twitter.com/9eItdrHu7o
— ChampagnePetty (@__Dutch) November 20, 2015
Emma Stone made lip sync battle history when she appeared on the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and performed two songs: “Blues Traveler” and “All I Do Is Win” (see the video player above for that and more videos). Emma Stone delivered an amazing performance that literally brought Jimmy Fallon to his knees and adoration from fans across the nation. The video has since gone viral, and, to date, has garnered more than 62 million views.
As Joseph Gordon-Levitt continues to draw critical praise for his talents, and is earning early Oscar buzz for his role in The Walk, Emma Stone, who was nominated for a best-supporting actress Oscar for her role in Birdman, continues to garner accolades for her lip sync battle performance. While a lip sync battle might seem small in comparison to Oscar-winning roles, they are a testament to the actors’ talent and shows that both Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Emma Stone are masters of their craft. Additionally, the general public loves watching lip sync battles as many times the performers include additional props, costumes, and include back-up dancers. Not only has Joseph Gordon-Levitt recreated personas such as Janet Jackson performing “Rhythm Nation,” but he has also recreated memorable scenes from the Channing Tatum film Magic Mike.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt en Magic Mike, je n’ai jamais autant remercié mes recommandations Youtube! https://t.co/Q5wMaoBYxT
— bino. (@LaurineSassano) October 2, 2015
Joseph Gordon-Levitt shared a post on his official Facebook page where he described the process he used to get Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation choreography down. It was Channing Tatum’s wife, Jenna Dewan Tatum, whom he called for advice. Gordon-Levitt explained the process.
“First thing I did after deciding to do Rhythm Nation was email my ol’ friend Jenna Dewan Tatum. She danced on stage with Janet herself, did this song every night on tour. She hooked me up with two friends of hers, Alison Faulk and Teresa Espinosa, who were both dancers on that same tour. They were awesome teachers. They even got in touch with the music video’s original choreographer, Anthony Thomas, who came over, polished my moves, and told me all about the intended spirit of The Nation. It was really a better prep processes than I probably deserved. Huge thanks to all!
Oh yeah, and go see THE NIGHT BEFORE!”
After Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s performance, Twitter blew up with calls for what would be the ideal lip sync battle. For some, it would just be Joseph Gordon-Levitt vs. Emma Stone. Others would like to put the two against a third competitor such as Anne Hathaway or Tom Cruise.
Tom Cruise vs Joseph Gordon Levitt vs Paul Rudd Vs Emma Stone http://t.co/UnpK5M1sJ9
— khairul Nizam (@khairul3006) July 29, 2015
— Marc Martin (@latpix) November 12, 2015
What do you think about Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s lip sync battle and performances? Are you a fan of Emma Stone’s? Do you think she can beat him in a lip sync battle? Do you agree with social media networks that a battle between the two would be epic?
Both Anthony Mackie and Joseph Gordon-Levitt appear in the new film The Night Before, along with Seth Rogen. Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt previously worked together in 50/50. Emma Stone stars in Aloha with Bradley Cooper, and will play Billie Jean King in the upcoming film Battle of the Sexes.
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