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Joseph Gordon-Levitt promotes ‘Don Jon’ in Dallas

Joseph Gordon-Levitt directs and stars in upcoming fim, “Don Jon.” (Photo Courtesy of Black Films)

Joseph Gordon-Levitt makes an appearance in Dallas’ Angelika Film Center to introduce his new film, “Don Jon.”

Dallas movie fanatics filled a large theater in the Angelika Film Center at Mockingbird Station 7 p.m. Wednesday.

The crowd waited anxiously for actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt to give an introduction for the free screening of the film “Don Jon.”

Around 7:15 p.m., dressed in dark jeans, a simple tee and sporting a pair of dark rimmed glasses, Gordon-Levitt made his way up to the center of the theater.

“I didn’t want it to be a film that would show just in New York or L.A. so I’m really excited to have it playing in a big theater here in Dallas,” Levitt said before thanking the audience for being there.

He talked about how he got started making short films using Final Cut Pro before proceeding to take on a bigger project like
“Don Jon.”

Before finishing up his modest introduction, Levitt asked for a show of hands to see how many fellow filmmakers were in
the room.

About 20 hands went up, to which he offered his words of encouragement.

If he can do it, so can they. “Don Jon” is Levitt’s directorial debut.

It is a film he wrote, directed and also starred in as the main character, Don Jon.

The comedy revolves around the life of a New Jersey man who is devoted to his friends, family, fitness and church.

However, his addiction to porn leads to unrealistic expectations that begin to complicate his love life.

“It illustrated how sexualized society has become,” SMU junior Haley Flander said.

Although she said it was a thought-provoking film, Flander didn’t find it particularly entertaining and doesn’t believe it’s really a movie worth watching.

Veronica Virgin, a sophomore at SMU, disagreed.

“I thought it was a very good movie, very well done,” Virgin said.

“Men have to learn that their expectations of sex should not be compared to what they see online.”

“I think it would strike a chord with most men,” 30-year-old Evan Weiss said.

Weiss enjoyed the film and would recommend that all guys see it.

Free screenings of “Don Jon” will also be showing in New York, Austin, Boston and L.A. before the film is officially released in theaters Sept. 27.


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