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'Sandman' is an action film with no punching, says Joseph Gordon-Levitt

The actor, who is working on the upcoming film, gets a tip from Sandman creator Neil Gaiman

By Andrea Tim | Published: 8 Jun 2015

JGL on Sandman
Photo: TPG Images

Joseph Gordon-Levitt's role in the production of Sandman is still vague (for all we know, he could be directing, producing, acting or doing all three). What is clear, however, is that the actor knows exactly how the film adaptation of Neil Gaiman's comic book series will turn out.

"Big spectacular action movies are generally about crime fighters fighting crime and blowing shit up. This has nothing to do with that," he tells MTV News. "And it was actually one of the things that Neil Gaiman said to me, he said 'Don't have any punching.' Because he never does. If you read the comics, Morpheus doesn't punch anybody. That's not what he does."

Despite the punching ban, Joseph assures us that the film will be anything but predictable. "It's going to be like a grand spectacular action film, but that relies on none of those same old ordinary clichés," he says.

The actor (who will star in The Walk, a biopic on French high-wire artist Philippe Petit) also reveals that because the comics were written as a whole, adapting it for one movie is a lot harder than it looks. He adds, "I'm feeling really good about it. But it is, you know, it's a process. So please be patient."

For you JGL, anything.

Related: 'Fight Club' has a comic book sequel
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