"Don Jon's Addiction" may mark Joseph Gordon-Levitt's directorial debut, but it does not mark his acting debut with co-star Tony Danza. The two first worked together 20 years ago in "Angels in the Outfield" -- a family-friendly, Disney baseball film that couldn't be further in theme than Levitt's tale about a man addicted to Internet porn.
Now screening at the Sundance Film Festival where it was bought by Relativity Media for $4 million, "Don Jon's Addiction" was written and directed by the "Looper" and "Dark Knight Rises" actor. And oh yeah, Gordon-Levitt also stars in his own film as Jon Martello, an iron-pumping city guy who must overcome his sex-crazed ways to find true love.
For his first feature-length film, it is impressively star-studded: Scarlett Johansson plays Jon's love interest, Julianne Moore plays a woman Jon strikes up a relationship with (and from whom he learns a lot), Channing Tatum and Oscar nominee Anne Hathaway even make cameos.
But it was Danza who Gordon-Levitt had in mind from the very beginning to play Jon's father, he said recently, adding, "I met Tony Danza in 1993 when we shot 'Angels in the Outfield' together." Danza couldn't be more excited to re-team with his "Angels" co-star -- who was just 12-years-old when he last worked with him. "I think you're going to see a really good movie and what's going to surprise you is how good of a director he is," Danza said at the Park City, Utah, film festival. "It was fun to have him be the boss," the former star of '80s sitcom "Who's the Boss" added of Gordon-Levitt during an Entertainment Weekly interview.
"Don Jon's Addiction" explores how Jon's affinity toward porn warps his perception of women and sabotages his relationships. It's the key hurdle he must overcome in what Gordon-Levitt intended as a love story. "In my observation, what gets in the way of love is people objectifying each other," the 31-year-old said. "People put labels on each other and have a checklist of expectations. Rather than seeing what makes them a unique human being, it’s like well, what are her t--- like, what is her a-- like?"