Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars opposite
Seth Rogen in the comedy 50/50, which opened in theaters
nationwide on Friday.
In the film, Gordon-Levitt plays Adam,
a young man who in the course of seeking treatment for back pains is
diagnosed with a rare type of cancer and is prescribed chemotherapy
to reduce the tumor.
Screenwriter Will Reiser penned the
script loosely based on his own experience battling cancer.
Rogen, who plays best friend Kyle,
recently said audiences will be surprised at how good Gordon-Levitt
“I think they'll be surprised at how
good Joseph looks bald,” Rogen said during an interview with gay
male entertainment website AfterElton.com.
“He looks very good bald. Some people can't pull that off.”
Reiser added that he wanted to write a
film that depicted the reality of cancer though the eyes of a young
man, including the fact that an increasing number of people are
beating the disease. (A trailer for the movie is embedded in the
right panel of this page.)
Gordon-Levitt doesn't care about being labeled gay.)