Joseph Gordon Levitt Releases 'Don Jon' SXSW Announcement and Photos

The director shares why he shortened the title of his directorial debut, giving a look at co-stars Tony Danza and Scarlet Johansson.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is bringing his directorial debut to SXSW with a shorter title. Don Jon's Addiction is now, simply, Don Jon. Why the change? Joe released a special announcement on the eve of its Texas premiere, along with four new photos, explaining his decision to go with a title that remains truer to the story. Check out his co-stars Scarlett Johansson and Tony Danza in this story about a womanizer who meets the girl of his dreams, then delve into the thought process of this burgeoning filmmaker.

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"Hey everybody,

So, as you might've heard already, I wrote and directed a movie last year, and it's coming out later this year. Which is absolutely crazy, and I still kinda can't believe it. Anyway, I'm posting this today to let you all know that I'm changing its title. It's now called... Don Jon. I decided to change it, first of all, because Don Jon is just so short and simple, and if you know me, you know I'm a fan of brevity. Second of all, it felt to me like the old title, Don Jon's Addiction was throwing some people off a bit from the point of the movie. People were assuming it was a film about porn addiction and sex addiction, which really isn't true. That'd be sort of like saying The Maltese Falcon is a movie about a statue of a falcon. Don Jon is a comedy about how men and women treat each other, and how the media we consume can create unrealistic expectations that we put on one another. That's why the story centers around a relationship between a young man (played by me) who watches too much pornography and a young woman (played by Scarlett) who watches too many romantic Hollywood movies. It's a topic I personally find fascinating and hilarious.

And while I have your attention, I figured I'd show you the first production still we're releasing of Jon's father, played by none other than Tough Tony Danza. More to show soon. We're just starting to work on the trailer now. And I'm heading down to SxSW with Tony this weekend with the film, so I'll see some of you in Austin!

thanks again.. J."

Don Jon was released September 27th, 2013 and stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore, Tony Danza, Glenne Headly, Brie Larson, Rob Brown, Jeremy Luke. The film is directed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt.


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  1. Stefanos

    @thedude-abides ''He had my curiosity...now he has my attention.''>:P good one D.U

    2 years agoby @stefanosFlag

  2. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    Picture number 1 I believe displays Scar Jo's beauty too much to handle; she's never looked better

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  3. thedude-abides

    @dan1 Yeah, they're career arcs are eerily similar. I'd be all for seeing two of the best young actors the business has to offer on-screen together.

    2 years agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  4. Dan

    @thedude-abides They need to get him and Ryan Gosling in a movie together.

    2 years agoby @dan1Flag

  5. thedude-abides

    He had my curiosity...now he has my attention. Let's hope it turns out well.

    2 years agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  6. Writer220

    Actually he should have been in the feature film of it as Barbarous Collins.

    2 years agoby @writer220Flag

  7. Writer220

    Even at a young age he is very talented, I like this guy a lot. Been following Joseph since he was in Dark Shadows.

    2 years agoby @writer220Flag

  8. Dan

    Sh*t, if Scarlett crossed my radar, I'd stop womanizing, too. This sounds realistic.

    2 years agoby @dan1Flag

  9. justatadmatt

    So stoked for this...

    and he looks RIPPED.

    2 years agoby @justatadmattFlag

  10. ROFLitschristian

    Sh*t, JGL. Look at those arms! I assume Bruce left him a workout plan in the Bat Cave.

    2 years agoby @ROFLitschristianFlag

  11. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    Least he's using Panavision

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag