… Well at least he’s excited about his film, huh? There is that, after all.
Also, if you couldn’t watch the video, here it is in a nutshell: ‘Don Jon’s Addiction’ will be coming to a theater near you, probably, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt is really, really excited about it. There was lots of arm waving and rocking back and forth to witness, and lots of pompousness, which was only thinly veiled by self-deprecating and grudging acknowledgements of his greatness, but don’t worry: it’s all been used to reinforce the fact that Joseph Gordon-Levitt is really, really excited about all this, and while I generally think he’s kind of a smug little bastard, I do like him. He’s gads and gads better than so many of his peers out there, and though it’s sometimes hard to keep that kind of perspective, I try my best.
Personally, though? While I somewhat admire Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and think he’s all shades of cute, I think ‘Don Jon’ is probably going to flop in theaters, and though that would be totally OK with him, I’m sure (yeah, right; he’d probably have a f-cking coronary), I also think he might be jumping the gun just a little bit in rehearsing his Oscar acceptance speech, because that’s what this video really was, wasn’t it?
January 23, 2013 at 9:30 am by Sarah
Remember how Joseph Gordon-Levitt pulled out of ‘Django Unchained’ to direct, star, and produce or whatever his own film called ‘Don Jon’s Addiction’? Because it’s still on its way, and it still looks kind of ridiculous, despite having a stellar cast like Tony Danza, Julianne Moore, and Scarlett Johansson. Guess it pays to have good friends in the right places, because honestly? I can’t imagine Julianne or Scarlett signing onto something this silly-sounding if there weren’t feelings involved. Tony, sure—he’ll take what he can get these days and this was probably a pretty big break for him, but come on. ‘Don Jon’s Addiction’ is certainly not going to be any Tarantino, and that’s for damn sure.
Check out the gallery for a bunch of ridiculous photos of Tony Danza and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, because LOL.
January 21, 2013 at 5:30 pm by Sarah
We talked about Joseph Gordon-Levitt‘s imminent appearance on last night’s SNL, and he delivered. If, by “delivered,” it means “he showed up and did the contractual hosting duty thing.” In the opening monologue, JGL and company spoofed Magic Mike, and naturally, there was a lot of grinding, hip-thrusting, and black leather. It was … meh, to say the least.
Here’s a poor quality video, but hey. It’s a video at any rate.
Last, can someone honestly tell me—was Magic Mike this bad? Was it this God-awful? Because wow. If this is all what the movie entailed, I’m so, so glad I didn’t go to see it that one night. Yike.
Who did it better—JGL or the cast of Magic Mike?
September 23, 2012 at 10:00 am by Sarah
Don’t know. Truth be told, I’m more excited to see Paul Rudd (who’s also going to be on the show) in action than I am to see JGL. I feel like JGL has got this “who, me?” hipster thing on lockdown, and the more he embraces it, the more sick of him I get. Go figure. It’s just … I have a hard time watching Joseph Gordon-Levitt pretending to have this insurmountable, over the top bravado, but not really having to pretend because the pompous bravado is actually kind of for real.
Last, can I just say how I positively *hate* how I have to sit through fifteen-or-thirty whole seconds of ads before I can watch the damn video?
Here’s my favorite: PAUL RUDD, being Paul Rudd.
Who’d you rather—Joseph Gordon-Levitt (sorry, I mean “Joseph Gordon-LEVITT!”) or Paul Rudd?
September 20, 2012 at 5:30 pm by Sarah
You guys, Joseph Gordon-Levitt is just adorable. I mean, first, come on. Look at these pictures. He goes beyond “adorable” territory and into “f-cking hot” territory in a matter of suits (check out the gallery—trust me: check out the gallery).
This is JGL on the cover of August 2012′s GQ, which featured Joe in a variety of three-piece suits and took him for an interview through his old stomping grounds in Van Nuys, California. Here’s a few great quotes from the interview.
At the ripe old age of thirty-one, Joseph (who prefers to be called ‘Joe’, apparently) wants to be younger:
“When I was younger, I wanted to be something. Now, I just want to be younger.”
And former 3rd Rock From the Sun costar, John Lithgow, on what it was like to work with a young JGL:
“It’s kind of extraordinary that he was playing an old man in a young boy’s body then, because that’s kind of what he was. He was a very mature boy—I remember him carrying on about the ecological damage that is done when people build new golf courses. What teenager worries about that? And now he’s a very youthful adult. He’s done a flip-flop.”
Another former co-star of Joe’s, Zooey Deschanel, on their long-term relationship and what it was like in the early years:
“A little bit of a contrarian” is the way Zooey Deschanel describes the Joe she first met on the set of the 2001 movie Manic. “Very intellectual. Very, very serious and very intense.” Joe, then 19, had just decided to quit acting and was headed to Columbia University to read Nabokov. Deschanel, meanwhile, had just dropped out of college to become an actor.
“We would joke about that. I would be like, ‘You hate movies.’ And he’d be like, ‘You hate books,’ ” she says. “The Joe that I knew back then, I would never think of him as having anything but wonderful qualities. But you would say something, and he would go, ‘What do you mean by that?’ Not a word went unexamined, you know?”
What JGL has to say about how “we” normal people “idolize” celebrities:
“I really don’t like this notion that some people are more important than other people. These stories about these elevated people called ‘celebrities’ teaches you that what you have to say doesn’t matter. It’s degrading.”
And last, Joseph Gordon-Levitt on what he was like as a young’un:
“I was a sort of serious little dude—snobby. I thought girls my age were very frustrating. They were, like, looking in their compact mirrors and shit, and I thought that was evil,” he says, adding that he was in danger of becoming “a hopeless ivory-tower douchebag. I’m a little more forgiving now. I’ve grown to laugh at myself a little bit more than I did.”
And this is what JGL had to say on his Tumblr about GQ discussing his brother’s death without his explicit permission, claiming that his 2010 death was a result of a drug overdose:
First of all, I’d like to thank both of the Jims and everyone else at GQ for putting me on the cover of their magazine this month. That kind of exposure is a huge help to all the work I love to do, and I’m deeply appreciative.
I’m writing this because I have a problem with what their article says about my brother. I’ll be honest, it really made me feel terrible. Here’s a quote:
‘…the elder Gordon-Levitt died of an alleged drug overdose in 2010. “It was an accident” is all Joe will say about that.’
Using the word “alleged” technically allows the writer to say whatever she wants. The “allegations” to which she must be referring were made by a handful of gossip websites. They are factually incorrect according to the coroner’s office and the police department. I don’t like publicly speaking about my brother’s death, but I’m making an exception to correct this irresponsible claim.
By the way, while I asked the writer not to dwell on how he died, I did say quite a bit about how he lived, and how much he means to me. Dan was a brightly positive, genuinely caring, and brilliantly inspiring person, and I liked the idea of such a wide readership learning about him. My parents and I are disappointed with what the article chose to focus on regarding this sensitive subject.
What can I say. Always eloquent, that JGL.
July 18, 2012 at 7:30 am by Sarah
Well. This is the movie that Joseph Gordon-Levitt turned Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Django Unchained’ movie (you know the one—it stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Jamie Foxx, and Christoph Waltz among others), and it’s called ‘Don Jon’s Addiction’. We’ve talked about it a bit here before. From an earlier post:
… [This is] Gordon-Levitt’s directorial debut, Don Jon’s Addiction. The film is about a porn-addicted character (portrayed by Joseph) who embarks on a quest to better himself and his circumstances. Scarlett Johansson was cast in one of the film’s leading roles, Julianne [Moore] in another.
If the theme and the A-list movie stars don’t get you to see the movie, there is a caveat here that might change your mind—Tony Danza’s in it, and no, I have no f-cking clue why either. Maybe he’ll be JGL’s porn sponsor or something. I could see that.
Anyway, the new film is said to be taking up so much of Joseph’s valuable time that he ultimately dropped out of Quentin Tarantino’s new project, Django Unchained, a slave-era drama …
And judging by the above photo, Joseph (who is also starring in the film as well as directing and producing it) will be playing a character based off of someone from ‘Jersey Shore‘. And that’s brilliant, even though it’s kind of disgusting and makes my skin crawl, and even seeing him in a t-shirt like that with weird-shaved hair just makes me think of Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino even more, and then I remember the film’s porno premise and I want to vomit all over again.
This movie better be good—that’s all I can say. It better be worth this.