Joseph Gordon-Levitt talks about 'Don Jon'

September 30, 2013 1:46:28 PM PDT
Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt recently added writing and directing to his resume and his first feature film, "Don Jon," hits theaters across the country this week. He visited San Francisco to talk about what exactly inspired his romantic comedy of errors.

Real life is not the same as a movie. "People say to me, 'If only my life could be like that movie you were in,'" Gordon-Levitt says, describing some of the things his fans tell him. "If only I could have somebody like you in that movie."

While obviously flattered, the unrealistic expectations moviegoers often develop while suspending their disbelief don't necessarily sit right with Gordon-Levitt. He says it's startling. So naturally, he "wanted to tell a story that pokes fun at that."

In "Don Jon," Gordon-Levitt plays Jon Martello, your typical strong, handsome, good old-fashioned guy, the kind that gets all the girls, all the time -- except he's also hooked on pornography.

Scarlett Johansson plays Barbara Sugarman, a bright, beautiful, good old-fashioned girl looking for her Prince Charming -- except that she believes, literally, in riding off into the sunset.

"The guy watches too much pornography and the girl watches too many romantic Hollywood movies," Gordon-Levitt explained. So, you can kind of see where this is going. It's romantic. And it's funny. But that's not quite enough for Gordon-Levitt's tastes.

"I'll laugh with you for like a good sketch half-hour," he said. "But if I'm gonna watch a whole movie, a whole 90 minutes, I need a little something more."

And this one definitely offers more. This story about love, sex, and false expectations opens Friday.

(Don Jon clips courtesy of Relativity Media.)