Joseph Gordon-Levitt on 'Don Jon': Not Just About Porn Addiction

Gordon-Levitt and Tony Danza defend their Sundance hit as a romantic comedy about finding intimacy.
11:56 | 09/13/13

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Transcript for Joseph Gordon-Levitt on 'Don Jon': Not Just About Porn Addiction
Sources girl. Got what they named Eden. -- -- Now it's going to find out how I have. -- and I can't it began -- anyone on the truth. Most beautiful thing I've ever seen -- -- And I miss. -- -- -- -- The man drive -- silence everyone knows his fake when he's like -- man credit. -- -- -- -- -- What do you do when I was just reading you may know what she called me watching. That's his right all you want everybody wants all the stupid movies you watch. I think bright -- think it'll Ogilvy. -- -- -- -- Hi everybody I'm Peter Travers and welcome to popcorn where we tell you what is happening at the movies and this is a special edition of popcorn because. This was an interview I did with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Tony Danza. Who star in a movie called -- job and I did this interview at Sundance where they debuted the movie it's quite a serious movie. In the guise of a comedy because it's a guy who's addicted to Internet point. Which is quite the subject Tony Danza plays a Joseph Gordon-Levitt father in the movie. But the big news here is that Joseph Gordon-Levitt who you know from movies like got 500 days of summer. Inception and the Dark Knight rises -- -- the whole business this is the first movie. He has written and directed. -- I had asked the guy I had to say you know why would you -- to debut as a filmmaker. With a movie that's about. Pornography. I want so -- story and and what I've noticed about -- is what often getting in the way people objective funds. They put these expectations each -- that they've learned from. You know from various places from father from their father. From their friends or or from different media which particularly fascinates me. I'm in the movies and stuff like that. So you know I thought a story about you know a love story about a guy who -- too much point. And a girl who watches too many romantic Hollywood movies. Would make a really funny romantic -- is about intimacy and actually having connection between two human beings and that to me that's why I thought the the image of a guy watching pornography on -- screen was so perfect because there's no connection there there's no connection between this guy and that woman on this. And I think though that's a case a lot of relationships. People -- on the same page with each other because they're not actually listening to each other or paying attention to who's really standing in front of them instead. I'm busy comparing. Her to this checklists or she's busy comparing me to hurt checklists. And it's -- problem it's it's no way to live life it's a recipe for unhappiness in and and I find it really Larry. It's so. More people are laughing but you also there's something under the lights out. And I think that's what makes the substantial -- as well as Larry it's -- that some some -- I don't see this happening and CN and. My favorite -- companies to me the ones that make me -- artists. -- this just does too silly goofy ones they're the ones that you're laughing because. You know what it's like -- you know because you feel like for these characters some but you know comedies like 500 as the summer 5050 or you know. Any -- the graduate you know -- those -- my -- explosives exposes human nature. And and then the. It's kind of story though this is really old story -- boy meets girl boy loses girl what is the same story just told. Such a provocative manner in using provocative device. Scott's character sort of like. The the other side of the coin of John. She's object to find John justice that is -- as justifying her. And she's learns what she knows about love and sex from Hollywood movies just like John learned what he -- about -- and sex from pornography. That Titanic. During her room yeah. Thanks Leah so we know when Don John open at Sundance and it was then called Don Johnson addiction. It was a lot of controversy in Utah where the Sundance film festivals taking place especially. From a right wing group called the Sutherland institute. Which said this movie was pornography they didn't think it was about pornography they thought it was pornography and they thought the state of Utah should withdraw all its support. To the Sundance Film Festival because of the film. Of this movie. So I asked Joseph Gordon -- -- and Tony Danza what they thought about this. I mean I think -- -- the -- is it is a picture of that. A lot of fathers might and son and parents might want tickets to see so that they might reflect on what exactly. Is going on here because. You know be a father of daughters I worry about these guys that are watching this from the time it thirteen and twelve million American -- it will kind of stuff -- -- don't. So I think it is something that we -- -- consider I don't think it's it's certainly not. You know bringing down the moral fiber of the countries that if there was one left. I would love to argue -- that I would say Don Johnson addiction is actually quite a moral movie. -- quite a wholesome heart it's it's also honest. About you know the -- it. People think about love and sex these days. But it's it's not. Showing that in in gratuitous attempt to Italy and audiences it's doing so because. I really would hope that people come away from this movie. More ready to engage with unions human beings and and less. Let's -- I'm talking about comparing each of these checklists and an objective findings. You know. My favorite movies are the ones that do have something to say and are trying to put some positive about -- even if it's funny need and it's if it's a good time. It's me that's often the most effective way. Also I think comedy is the best -- -- -- -- and I would garner did anybody that trap if you wanna talk about you know and immoral movie. Those of the movies who are just blindly. Reinforcing these cliches. Of you know love at first sight in the first case in an expensive wedding you write off into the sunset because it's. Systematically. Ruining people's. Lot 69 and it's a recipe -- people's unhappiness. And ends and -- movies are made. Just because they make money and has been following formula you want to talk about you know that's that's me is is more morally morally questionable if anything's. You know it's -- -- about the idea Tony -- being back with Joseph Gordon-Levitt -- twenty years ago they made a movie called angels in the outfield I mean a lot of us forget. That -- started as a child actor he was on TV and third rock from the sun. In angels in the outfield he was the kid that saw the angels come and help the California angels win. A baseball game and Tony Danza was one of the players on. And so I had to ask. Does Joseph take after Tony -- Was he a mentor was he somebody he wanted to be like. I think actually. I think I think act unilaterally its. You know it's -- -- uses. This is clearly born performer is what -- you know love to do the song and dance man. He can tap dance which I can't do yet -- we tried with little political elites exactly the -- I just think you know I think Joseph is you going on since he's twelve. Yes because I was having an out of body angels in the outfield that. You gotta believe it yet you gotta believe that community and that was -- that was he was twelve when -- and and and and by the way he was you know we've been saying is he loses he was it is in the crafting the names phone -- -- around the director. And and you know he's east -- as a very determined I mean look this is something that he's been. Thinking about for a long time -- -- stuck in traffic in humans he was using the metaphor of the traffic slowly getting to his screen is. You know this is something he's been he's been thinking about for a long time -- -- did it and I was. I hate to say -- me because I don't want to -- just totally paternalistic I was proud of him I was really proud or women and proud of them. Especially. So I would play I mean I -- my first time -- it -- not so I was so. He your friend. You -- sign on screen. And -- zoning allowing you to see this last -- what if any stigma I'll let. Was in New York you know let's look at the path and yet. So when you're looking at and you being this -- your movie and you're looking at -- a million times. Why when you looking at it in terms of Tony -- -- -- head. -- meet -- -- -- Thompson it's used magnetic was funny about that though is. So Tony to me when he anytime you see his face on screen it just makes you smile. He's a lovable guys got this once and positive themes you can watch as we've been walking around now -- watch you watched by people smile there's something about. But his cabinet scream only to hit. I can't get over. London. Let's head -- the character that I -- play in this movie. Not such a great guy. Sort of abusive sort of selfish and the -- of well. That was my running note -- -- Not still love you yes I don't wanna love you and got an army they're like -- ahead and at. -- -- -- feel that he got -- Yet within that same problem that everybody is. Breeding everything -- scenes where totally I totally in retrospect I'm totally rating totally I have a checklist Mike's love was to be this does does this season and -- this but he and then. And it's violently breach of Scarlett. Is stuck -- yeah. And how I think. Convincing her to this -- is different. Than anything she's done is such a terrific -- for her and she. Nails he's. So you know this show popcorn always ends in song because I insist that the dust I can I take people who don't ever want -- sing and forced them to say that's just -- -- -- But when you've got a guy like Tony -- in the room and a guy like Joseph Gordon-Levitt who might be -- a little bit. Tony Danza is gonna force the issue here to my great delight so here they are Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Tony -- taken us out. With a little you are my sunshine. You are my sunshine. My only -- -- You make me happy. When skies -- -- he. -- nodes. How much. Who. Please -- CA was -- -- no. Hearts are breaking I don't know hundreds getting ready to ask. -- -- -- -- --

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