Our ardent passion for Joseph Gordon-Levitt has dimmed—not completely, but the wattage is definitely lower. In an interview about his new movie, Don Jon, the director-writer-star says he didn’t get naked for the part because “it would just be distracting.”
Sorry, JGL, don’t want to ruin your Godfather moment!
“It’s really not the point of the movie,” he tells Q Syndicate. “This is not a movie of brutal realism; it’s a comedy and it’s a story. It’s sort of a parable, so there would really be no reason to have any nudity.”
Why is showing male nudity in a romantic comedy considered “brutal realism”? Did you have some horrible accident with a thresher when you were a kid? You’ve clearly been hitting the weights, Joseph Gordon-Levitt—don’t deprive us of the fruit of your labor.
The “perfect man” (as Buzzfeed crowned him) spoke about some other things, too:
You use the word “faggot” at one point in the film, and even though it feels appropriate to the character, was there ever a discussion or any hesitation to use a word that many in the gay community find offensive?
Like you said, that character would say that at that point. It’s at a moment when he’s sort of feeling threatened. His buddy just said that there was a hotter girl at the club than his girl, and so in that moment of insecurity he uses that word. I think that’s usually where that sort of hateful language comes from: out of people’s insecurity.
With Don Jon and your new beefy body, are you prepared for the extra attention you might get from the gay community?
(Laughs) I hadn’t thought of it. My body’s not like that anymore. I was working out every day to play that character, but bodybuilding isn’t really my thing. I’ve lost most of the weight.
There’s been talk of you starring in a remake of Guys and Dolls with Channing Tatum. Should we expect to see you in it?
It’s one possibility. Chan and I really like the idea of doing a musical together, and we’re working on making that happen. We don’t know exactly how it will happen or what it’ll be or how long it’ll take, but we’re determined to do it.
Sigh, is it too much to ask for a steam-room scene with Sky Masterson and Nathan Detroit?