'Don Jon's Addiction' Gets Title Change, JGL Explains Reasons Why
After having a hell of a 2012 starring in Looper, Lincoln, Premium Rush and The Dark Knight Rises, Joseph Gordon-Levitt kicked off 2013 with the Sundance premiere of his directorial debut, Don Jon's Addiction. The film received rave reviews, but because the main character is addicted to pornography, JGL has decided to shorten the title to the more simple Don Jon in order to take some of the controversy away from the film. In a new Facebook post, which revealed the first production still of co-star Tony Danza (seen above), Gordon-Levitt explains to his fans exactly why he thought the title needed to be changed. Read on!
Here is Joseph Gordon-Levitt's statement about the new title in full, found via his own Facebook page:
"I decided to change it, first of all, because Don Jon is just so short and simple, and if you know me, you know I'm a fan of brevity. Second of all, it felt to me like the old title, Don Jon's Addiction was throwing some people off a bit from the point of the movie. People were assuming it was a film about porn addiction and sex addiction, which really isn't true. That'd be sort of like saying The Maltese Falcon is a movie about a statue of a falcon. Don Jon is a comedy about how men and women treat each other, and how the media we consume can create unrealistic expectations that we put on one another. That's why the story centers around a relationship between a young man (played by me) who watches too much pornography and a young woman (played by Scarlett) who watches too many romantic Hollywood movies. It's a topic I personally find fascinating and hilarious."
The title change certainly makes sense. The movie has already come under scrutiny and had to edit out some of the more gratuitous pornography that appeared in the early cut at Sundance in order to secure an R rating for wide release. The pornography part of the equation is a double-edged sword, because it definitely serves to get the movie some media attention, but at the same time it's threatening to overshadow the larger points JGL is trying to make about what the effects media has on society. The movie really is about much more than surface level porn addiction, and while that's unquestionably an important part of the movie, I can see why he would want to minimize the amount of discussion concentrated solely on that aspect of it.
The film doesn't have a release date set in stone yet, but distributor Relativity Media dropped $4 million for it at Sundance and plans to release it sometime later this year. We're guessing it'll be out sometime in the summer, perhaps in late August when most of the blockbusters have already debuted. For further updates, be sure to follow the movie on Twitter at its new handle @DonJonMovie. Here's our video blog at Sundance.