If not for Tom Hardy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt would have been the best part of Inception. JGL's portrayal of the clean-cut and no-nonsense Arthur has finally shown mainstream audiences what film geeks have known for some time -- this guy's a damn good actor. I still have a hard time seeing him and not thinking of little Tommy Solomon on Third Rock from the Sun, but that's starting to change with each new role.

I think I might be able to shake the image of the adorably cute pre-teen Joseph Gordon-Levitt once and for all after seeing this new clip for Spencer Susser's film Hesher. The footage played at Comic-Con over the weekend, which definitely seems strange for a Sundance film, but as Twitch points out it was almost assuredly to capitalize on Natalie Portman being in attendance (she also appears in the film) and JGL's Inception buzz.

You can check out our own Erik Childress' review to get the full breakdown of what Hesher's all about, but the basically the film follows a 13-year-old boy whose mother has died in a car accident. He meets Hesher (Gordon-Levitt), an angry, tattooed loner who shows him a lot about life -- most of it not necessarily good.

The film played Sundance earlier this year, earning mostly mixed reviews. Newmarket Films has picked Hesher up for distribution, but no official release date has been announced.

Hit the jump to watch the new clip, then head to the comments section to tell us what you think of this new turn for Joseph Gordon-Levitt.