Joseph Gordon-Levitt

  • Aired:  09/25/13
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"Don Jon" director Joseph Gordon-Levitt examines what porn and romantic comedies have in common. (6:51)

>> Stephen: MY GUEST TONIGHTHAS WRITTEN AND STARS IN THE

FILM "DON JON."

SOUNDS LIKE SOMEBODY SHOULD WINAN OSCAR FOR TRYING TOO HARD.

PLEASE WELCOME JOSEPHGORDON-LEVITT.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )NICE TO SEE YOU.

WHAT A PLEASURE TO HAVE YOU ON.

>> IT'S A PLEASURE TO BE ON THISSHOW.

I'M A BIG FAN OF THE SHOW.

I THINK YOU DO A SERVICE TO PUTTHIS OUT IN THE WORLD.

SO THANK YOU.

>> Stephen: THANK YOU VERYMUCH.

WOW.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).

>> I LOVE YOUR SHOW.

>> Stephen: YOU ARE-- YOU'REONE OF THE HEROES.

>> THANKS, MAN.

>> Stephen: JOSEPHGORDON-LEVITT, YOU'RE AN ACTOR,

DIRECTOR, WRITER, PRODUCER.

YOUR CREDITS INCLUDE, "ANGELS INTHE OUTFIELD" "10 THINGS I HATE

ABOUT OW," "THIRD ROCK FROM THESUN" "500 DAYS OF SUMMER."

THE OF "THE DARK KNIGHT RISES."

YOUR NEW FILM IS CALLED "DONJON."

>> CORRECT.

>> Stephen?

"DON JON" YOU PLAY A GUY WHO HASTROUBLE RELATED TO WOMEN?

>> HES DOES DOES.

HE HAS TROUBLE RELATING TOEVERYTHING.

HE DOESN'T CONNECT WITH ANYBODY.

HIS WHOLE LIFE IS SORT OF AONE-WE STREET, AND YOU SEE IT

ESPECIALLY WITH HIS LOVE LIFEAND SEX LIFE BECAUSE HE'S

CONSTANTLY COMPARING WOMEN TOTHE IMAGES HE SEES ON TV AND

MOVIES AND ESPECIALLY INPORNOGRAPHY.

>> Stephen: ESPECIALLY INPORNOGRAPHY VIDEOS.

THIS TAPE IS WHAT I WOULD CALLAN UNVARNISHED LOOK AT THIS

CHARACTER'S RELATIONSHIP TOPORNOGRAPHY.

>> INDEED.

THEN THERE'S THE SCARLETJOHANNSEN CHARACTER WHO ALSO

WATCHES TOO MANY ROMANTICHOLLYWOOD MOVIES.

SO YOU HAVE THIS RELATIONSHIPBETWEEN THESE TWO PEOPLE WHO

HAVE THESE UNREALISTICEXPECTATION OF WHAT LOVE IS

SUPPOSED TO BE AND SEX ISSUPPOSE TO BE.

>> Stephen: I THINK WE HAVE ACLIP.

JIMMY.

>> ALL RIGHT, I HAD A FEW DRINKSTHE OTHER NIGHT, SO I MAY NOT

HAVE REMEMBERED TELLING YOU MYFIRST NAME, BUT I DEFINITELY DID

NOT TELL YOU MY LAST NAME.

DON'T LIE TO ME.

LOOK, YOU DON'T KNOW ME, SO I'LLLET YOU OFF THE HOOK THIS TIME.

BUT IN THE FUTURE, YOU'LL BEHAPPIER IF YOU TELL ME THE

TRUTH.

>> I'LL BE HAPPIER?

>> YOU DON'T THINK I COULD MAKEYOU HAPPIER IF I WANTED TO?

>> Stephen: THAT HAS GOT TOBE THE SOFTEST PORN I HAVE EVER

SEEN, EXTRA SOFT.

THIS IS A GUY WHO CAN'T FIND AWOMAN HE CAN REALLY RELATE TO,

WHICH IS ALWAYS DISAPPOINTINGBECAUSE EVEN WHEN HE IS HAVING

SEX WITH A WOMAN BECAUSE HE'SLIKE THERE ISN'T LIKE THE PORNO

I JUST SAW.

>> WHEN YOU LOOK AT A CLIP OFPORNOGRAPHY, YOU DON'T HAVE TO

DEAL WITH THE PERSON.

>> Stephen: I WOULDN'T KNOW.

>> I WOULDN'T KNOW, EITHER.

>> Stephen: YOU KNOW WHAT ILIKE TO SAY-- PORNOGRAPHY

MASTURBATES TO ME.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )OKAY, SO HE'S JUST--

>> Stephen:>> PEOPLE MASTURBATE TO ME.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).

>> Stephen: YOU SHOULD PUTTHAT ON A BUSINESS CARD.

WAIT, YOU'VE GOT THESEUNREALISTIC EXPECTATIONS.

AND-- YOU'RE AN ACTOR, THOUGH.

OKAY.

YOU'VE BEEN AN ACTOR SINCE HOWOLD?

>> SINCE I WAS SIX.

>> Stephen: SINCE YOU WERESIX YEARS OLD.

OUR IMAGES THAT WE GET FROMHOLLYWOOD, NONE OF THEM ARE

REALISTIC.

>> THEY'RE CRAFTED ILLUSIONS TOTELL A STORY.

>> Stephen: ANOTHER ALLRIGHT.

SO IT'S NOT JUST LIKEPORNOKRAPHY OR ROMANTIC COMEDY.

ISN'T EVERYTHING GIVING US AFALSE VIEW OF REAL LIFE?

>> I AGREE.

LIKE I SAID, THE SCARLETJOHAWNSEN CHARACTER IS WATCHING

A ROMANTIC HOLLYWOOD MOVIE.

THERE IS A SCENE AT THE DINNERTABLE WHERE TONY DANZA IS

PLAYING MY DAD--( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).

>> YEAH, LET'S HEAR IT FROM TONYDANS DANZA AND WE'RE WATCHING A

MOVIE WHERE A HOT CHICK ISEATING A HAMBURGER AND PEOPLE

ASK ME, IS THAT A REALCOMPLECIAL?

IT IS A REAL COMMERCIAL.

>> Stephen: HASN'T YOURCAREER DONE THE SAME THING.

>> EXPLOITED -->> Stephen: WHAT DO I KNOW

ABOUT THE REAL JOSEPHGORDON-LEVITT?

I MEAN, TO I HAVE UNREALISTICEXPECTATIONS OF WHO ARE YOU?

>> PROBABLY.

>> Stephen: BECAUSE I IMAGINEYOU AS A YOUNG, ATTRACTIVE GUY,

WHO LOOKS GOOD SHOOTING A GUNAND DATING ZOE DESCHNEL.

WITH WHICH ROLES HAVE YOU PLAYEDIS CLOSEST TO THE REAL YOU?

AND PLEASE DON'T SAY THE GUY IN"DON JON."

>> YES, PROBABLY NOT THAT ONE.

I WOULD-- I DON'T KNOW.

THERE WAS A MOVIE CALLED "BRICK"THAT REMINDED ME OF ME A LITTLE

BIT.

THAT'S A HIGHLY STYLIZEDDETECTIVE MOVIE SO I DON'T BE

WHAT THAT SAYS ABOUT ME.

BUT, NO, IT'S TRUE.

LOOK, WHEN I'M PLAYING ACHARACTER I AM LOOKING TO TRY TO

TELL A STORY AND MAKE ACONNECTION WITH THE AUDIENCE WHO

IS WATCHING THE MOVIE.

IN A PORNOGRAPHY CLIP OR OTHERMOVIE OR COMMERCIALS THEY'RE NOT

REALLY TRYING TO CONNECT WITH ANAUDIENCE SO MUCH AS TAKE THEIR

MONEY.

>> Stephen: THAT'S RIGHT WHATI ADMIRE ABOUT PORNOGRAPHY.

IT IS A SOUND BUSINESS MOD GLELDID YOU EVER WATCH PORN EVER?

>> Stephen: I DON'T KNOW WHATYOU'RE TALK ABOUT.

I HEAR GREAT THINGS.

WHERE DO YOU THINK YOU LEARNWHAT MAKES A WOMAN SEXY?

>> Stephen: THE BIBLE.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )>> Stephen: I'M NOT AN ACTOR.

I DON'T KNOW HOW THIS WORKS.

AS AN ACTOR, YOUR CHARACTERBESIDES ALL THESE IMAGES OF

JUSTIFICATION OF WOMEN IN THEREAL WORLD, YOUR CHARACTER

MASTURBATES A LOT TO INTERNETPORN.

HOW HARD IT WAS TO GET INTOCHARACTER?

( LAUGHTER )AND ARE YOU IN CHARACTER RIGHT

NOW?

>> Stephen: THIS SPEAKS TOSOMETHING IN COMEDY CALLED

SATIRE WHICH I KNOW YOU WOULDN'TREALLY KNOW MUCH ABOUT THAT.

BUT IN THE WORLD OF COMEDY, YOUHAVE A TECHNIQUE CALLED SATIRE

WHERE I'M PLAYING A CHARACTER INTHE MOVIE THAT'S DIFFERENT FROM

ME.

AND THE THING THAT THE CHARACTERSAYS AND DOES AND BELIEVES ARE

DIFFERENT FROM THE THINGS I SAYAND DO AND BELIEVE.

AND I PUT THOSE THINGS IN THEMOVIE AND TRY TO GET THE

AUDIENCE TO LAUGH AND THINKABOUT THINGS.

NOT THAT YOU WOULD-- I'MEXPLAINING IT TO YOU BECAUSE I

KNOW YOU'RE A SERIOUSJOURNALIST.

BUT THAT'S HOW WE DO IT IN SHOWBUSINESS.

>> Stephen: I DID NOT FOLLOW.

HAVE YOU MET FLOYD MAY WEATHER?

>> NO I HAVE NEVER MET HIMBEFORE.

>> Stephen: GO BACKSTAGE ANDTAKE A POKE AT HIM?

>> I'M BIGGER THAN HE IS,ACTUALLY, I THINK.

>> Stephen: CAN I COME BACKAND WATCH?

>> Stephen: JOSEPHGORDON-LEVITT, THANK YOU SO MUCH

FOR JOINING ME.

THE MOVIE IS "DON JON."

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

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