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Joseph Gordon-Levitt got to play DJ on KCRW’s Guest DJ Project, which allows different cultural trendsetters and icons to share five songs that have inspired them throughout life on a weekly basis.

Levitt chose to include songs that have helped him prep for character roles in films, two of which are hitting theaters this summer– 500 Days of Summer and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. To prep for his role as Tom in Marc Webb‘s upcoming rom-com, Levitt decided to fall in love with his actual love in the film– Zooey Deschanel.

Levitt mentions that he would play Deschanel’s collaboration with M.Ward as She & Him to prep as her suitor, and that his track of choice was Sweet Darlin:

“In the movie, the character I play is suppose to be just desperately in love with [Zooey Deschanel's character], smitten, and so in the morning I would listen to her album. It was perfect because I would have these beautiful melodies running through my head with her voice and how could you not have a crush on this girl after listening to this song?”

He’s right, I fell in love with her too; her voice is angelic.

But Levitt’s DJ track list wasn’t all indie, the actor included some rap as well. In order to prepare for his “bad guy” role as the villainous Cobra Commander in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Levitt turned to one of the ultimate rappers of all-time, Jay-Z.

Levitt prepped his evil persona with Jay-Z’s song Say Hello from the rapper’s 10th album American Gangster:

“Jay-Z has the perfect grandeur and bravado for this character. Jay-Z literally calls himself “J Hova” after God . . . And the character that I play in G.I. Joe certainly fancies himself a kind of God.”

Although Levitt has been acting since he was six years old, the actor says that playing the villain is new for him, being as he is accustomed to playing characters in the gray area, not so much entirely good or completely bad. But we’ll have to wait and see what sort of villain he makes (the one we love to hate, perhaps?). So far, the young actor has proven himself a serious actor with great skills, and I’m sure he’ll blow our minds as a villain as well.

To view Levitt’s entire track list, or to listen to the entire show, follow the link:

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