Joseph Gordon-Levitt Channels Janet Jackson in ‘Lip Sync Battle’ With Anthony Mackie (VIDEO)

Don’t call it a comeback!

Joseph Gordon-Levitt — arguably the reigning “Lip Sync” king — channeled his inner diva (again) in a “Lip Sync Battle” of epic proportions last night. Gordon-Levitt went head-to-head (lip-to-lip?) against Anthony Mackie, performing to Janet Jackson’s “Rhythm Nation” in full makeup, hair and costume. Mackie had just lip synced MC Hammer’s “2 Legit 2 Quit.” Although commendable, the Avenger was no match for the “(500) Days of Summer” star.

The holiday edition of the hit Spike series, which was spawned by a skit on “The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon,” opened with Mackie performing to Katy Perry’s “I Kissed a Girl” and Gordon-Levitt mouthing the words to Usher’s “Yeah” as their Santa-suited “The Night Before” co-star Seth Rogen watched on.

It’s been over two years since Gordon-Levitt’s first battle, when he became the reigning champ of lip syncing with his “Superbass” rendition, but the actor clearly hasn’t lost his touch.

Season two of “Lip Sync Battle,” hosted by LL Cool J and Chrissy Teigen, premieres on Jan. 7. A British version of the show is in the works at the U.K. network Channel 5.

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  1. Tron says:

    That was so good, they both did a great job, but i have to give it to joseph Gordon Levit…he was on point with the choreography from Queen Janet.

  2. bsbarnes says:

    Hello, Emma Stone is the Queen Bee of Lip Sync Battles, she didn’t synch “All I Do Is Win” to come in with the silver, my friend :D

    • TGBX says:

      You’re mistaken. One does not become the King or Queen by simply winning; it requires transcending just the show and becoming an instant pop culture moment, the topic of AYFKM?! conversation across the interwebs and in the real world.
      For that there can only be two words to define the reigning Queen: Wrecking Ball

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