A torrential downpour didn't dampen the "Don Jon" New York premiere at the SVA Theater in Chelsea on Thursday night presented by Entertainment Weekly. Even the rain couldn't stop the film's cast from reuniting on the red carpet including writer/director/star Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson, Tony Danza, Julianne Moore, Rob Brown, and Jeremy Luke.
A bevy of other celebs also showed up to support Gordon-Levitt's directorial debut including "50 Shades of Grey" star Dakota Johnson, her mother actress Melanie Griffith, Adrien Brody, Alexis Krauss, Matt den Dekker, Iman Shumpert, Matt McGorry, Rob McClure, director Henry Joost, Chris Noth, Peter Cincotti, Sean Lennon, Heather Matarazzo, John Leguizamo, and Brad Furman, amongst others.
But the man of the hour was Gordon-Levitt, who wrote, directed, and stars in the film. "Don Jon" tells the story of a modern day Don Juan (Gordon-Levitt), whose obsession with porn and cocky attitude towards women have driven him to question what he really wants out of life. But everything changes when he meets two women (Johansson and Moore's characters).
Gordon-Levitt stopped to chat with us about the character he plays in the film. "You don't want a character to be a concept, you want a character to be a person so that's when it got interesting. I had this idea of a Don Juan-archetype of a character so I thought, how do I make him specific? That's where the fun came in, writing the other characters around him. When Scarlett got involved, she had a lot of great input and collaboration on her character who is sort of the flip side of my character."
He also told us what drove him to make the film. "I think a lot about the way that media influences our perception of things, especially when it comes to love and sex. I've been an actor in TV and movies since I was a kid and I've been hearing it a lot, especially lately. People say to me 'Why can't my life be like that movie or why can't I find somebody like that character in that movie?'
"I find that a little startling to be honest. Because movies are not real life and real life isn't a movie. Real life is a beautiful thing, but you'll miss it if you are constantly comparing it to the sort of two dimensional images you see on a screen," JGL added.
We also caught up with Moore, who explained what it was like working with a director who wrote the script. "Well, it's very very personal to them. And they are able to communicate what the script is about because it's their own idea," she said. "So I've actually had really great experiences with writer-directors."
Moore also told us how Gordon-Levitt stacked up against other writer-directors. "I think the one thing that he shares with all the great directors that I've worked with is his ability to articulate his vision," Moore said. "He knows what he wants, and he's able to achieve it, and that's what great directors do."
Following the screening Writer/Director/Star Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore, Tony Danza, Jeremy Luke, Rob Brown and Relativity CEO Ryan Kavanaugh and President Tucker Tooley and additional celebrity guests Melanie Griffith, Adrien Brody, Dakota Johnson, Sean Lennon, Sleigh Bells’ Alexis Krauss, John Leguizamo, Chris Noth, Charlotte Ronson, Judah Friedlander, Michael Weber, Melonie Diaz, J.C. Chandor, Brad Furman, Matt McGorry, Yigal Azrouel, Katherine Webb, MTV’s Nikki Glaser and Sara Schaefer, Dan Fogler, Rebecca Dayan, Jeremy Strong, Heather Matarazzo, NY Knicks’ Iman Shumpert, NY Mets’ Jason den Dekker, Henry Joost, Rob McClure, Jason Robert Brown made their way to Top of the Standard for canapés, champagne and music by DJ Jonny.
Relativity Media's "Don Jon" arrives in theaters on Sept. 27.
Film Synopsis: on Martello (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is a strong, handsome, good old fashioned guy. His buddies call him Don Jon due to his ability to "pull" a different woman every weekend, but even the finest fling doesn't compare to the bliss he finds alone in front of the computer watching pornography. Barbara Sugarman (Scarlett Johansson) is a bright, beautiful, good old fashioned girl. Raised on romantic Hollywood movies, she's determined to find her Prince Charming and ride off into the sunset. Wrestling with good old fashioned expectations of the opposite sex, Jon and Barbara struggle against a media culture full of false fantasies to try and find true intimacy in this unexpected comedy written and directed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt.