“I wasn’t interested in making a movie about pornography. I was interested in making a movie about how people treat each other like things, and all kinds of media can contribute to that,” Gordon-Levitt said of his new movie “Don Jon,” which centers around a porn-addicted man from New Jersey who falls for the girl of his dreams. “I’ve been working as an actor since I was a little kid, and I’ve always been fascinated, and a little horrified, by the way people relate to images they see on screen. Sometimes I feel I am seen as a thing more than a person, and I don’t think that’s unique to actors. I think everyone is subject to that kind of pigeonholing.”
While “Don Jon” is outwardly meant to be a romantic-comedy, grief is a large component of the film. Julainne Moore‘s character, Esther, is a widow who is still dealing with her loss. And, this is a type of loss that Gordon-Levitt knows well. His brother, Dan, passed away in 2010 at the age of 36.
“He was so overwhelmingly positive and warm,” Gordon-Levitt said of his late brother. “One of my favorite things about hitRECord is how positive it is, especially compared to most of what goes on on the Internet, which can be snarky and cynical. I credit Dan with that. He couldn’t help but get swept up in it, and it makes me so happy that the momentum continues today. I’m on the site every day, and the fact there’s this warmth to it, it reminds me of him every time.”
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