Scarlett Johansson Doesn’t Know What a Rom-Com Is?!
Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Scarlett Johansson in 'Don Jon' (Relativity Media)
Seeing as "Don Jon" is about a guy with a porn addiction, we thought we'd take this rare opportunity and ask stars Scarlett Johansson and Joseph Gordon-Levitt about their habits watching … romantic comedies.
See what we did there?
The answers we received were more surprising than we could have imagined.
"Do I watch a lot of romantic comedies? Clearly not, because earlier I discovered I don't know what they are," Johansson, who has appeared in "The Nanny Diaries" and "He's Just Not That Into You," confessed. "I know romantic films and I like comedies but I can't remember what a romantic comedy is. This is a romantic comedy, isn't it?"
We chimed in simultaneously with the actors to say, "Kind of."
In the film, while JGL's Jon is obsessed with porn, Johansson's character, Barbara, is into cheesy, stereotypical romantic comedies of the Channing Tatum and Anne Hathaway variety (they make a cameo in "Don Jon" as the stars of one such flick) and tries to make them her reality.
So, while we all agreed that "Don Jon" could be classified as a rom-com, Johansson astutely points out that this is "not one that Barbara would see."
Gordon-Levitt stepped in to play teacher: "The best and, I think, most memorable romantic comedies, like 'Annie Hall,' or 'Shampoo,' or 'The Graduate' … those are often 'kind of' romantic comedies, but they're also subversive somewhat."
"Like 'Harold and Maude?'" ScarJo asked.
A+ for the good student!
"Don Jon" arrives in theaters this weekend and also stars Julianne Moore, Brie Larson, and Tony Danza, and is the Gordon-Levitt's directorial debut.