Joseph Gordon-Levitt Talks "Don Jon" in British Esquire December 2013
During his interview with the publication, the 32-year-old actor/director discusses his new film, including how he learned to find humor behind the obsessive addiction.
Check out a few highlights from Mr. Gordon-Levitt's Q&A session below. For more, be sure to visit British Esquire!
On writing the porno comedy:
"Pornography is the most extreme example of objectification, the way that we turn sex into this object, [which] happens throughout our relationships with media. They are selling you an over-simplified fantasy and we consume it because that kind of simplicity is appealing."
On Jon's girlfriend:
"Barbara has learned about sex through Hollywood movies in an equivalent way to how Jon has learned about sex through pornography. I am making a comparison between pornography and the rest of our media, even perfectly mainstream stuff."
On bulking up for the film:
"I definitely didn't [enjoy bulking up]. It was really good research getting into that character head space, being so into your appearance and working so hard on it. It's not even that healthy, bodybuilding. I was eating multiple pounds of meat, chicken and fish every day. That's too much meat. I don't think it's great for your heart, but it does make you big."
On items he wastes his time on:
"Man, these days I work pretty much all the time. I'm glad to do it. I wouldn't necessarily say it's a balanced life. I don't think I can keep it up at this rate forever but I'm having a good time."
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