[Movies] Joseph Gordon-Levitt Talks About Writing His Own Screenplay For Don Jon Posted by Joseph Lee on 09.20.2013
Was it difficult?
In an interview with Coming Soon, Joseph Gordon-Levitt revealed how difficult it was to write his first screenplay for his film Don Jon. Here are highlights:
On writing his own screenplay: "The hard part was structuring it out, because that's what I don't have as much experience doing, but once I had the structure down, then actually writing the scenes, for me, came very easy because I've spent my whole life looking at a few hundred pages of dialogue and being like, "Ah, this part's good, but this part's going to be really hard to pull off to make it sound good," you know? So, when I was writing, I just made sure that there weren't any of those bits. (Laughs)"
On Tony Danza as Don Jon's father: "He was my first choice, yeah. I loved working with him. What's funny about Tony, though, is he's so naturally likeable. The instant you see Tony on screen and you smile. He's just got that spirit. I like it when actors, like I said, play something different, so I thought him playing this guy who's sort of a mean dude, who's sort of emotionally unavailable, ignores his family, sort of objectifies women as badly as his son does, if not worse. That was my one kinda consistent note to him on set was, ‘Now I'm still liking you here. You have to get worse.'"
On Don Jon's character through the movie: "Yeah, it's about a guy that objectifies everything, especially women, but even his own body, his car, his apartment, his friends, his family, his church. Everything is an object at a distance, and has to live up to certain standards that he has. By the end of the movie, hopefully, he's sort of being more present and sort of kinda got a little bit of that be here now thing, or at least beginning to open up to that. He's certainly not all the way there by the end, and I didn't want to get him all the way there by the end because that kind of transition is not something that happens quickly. That takes a lifetime."