Joseph Gordon Levitt: Pr0n is everywhere whether ‘rated x or to sell Doritos’

Joseph Gordon Levitt

Are you tired yet of hearing Joseph Gordon-Levitt talk about pr0n? It’s almost over. Don Jon comes out today (go see it!). This poor guy is probably so tired of pr0n discussions that he won’t watch it for a good decade. Joe has already told us how he’s aware that pr0n “can be hateful towards women,” but he thinks women should be treated as more than mere sex objects. Now JGL covers this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly to talk about fantasy life and how pr0n is used to sell nearly everything. He makes a good point. We’ve all seen those insane Carl’s Jr. ads, right? Let’s do this:

Joseph Gordon Levitt

He’s a creator: “I love making things. I always have. When I was a kid, all I really cared about was that creative process. I didn’t care if anybody liked the work I was doing or if it meant anything to anybody. I was frankly doing it out of my own selfish enjoyment.”

Why he came back to movies after a few years off: “I realized that the books I read — and the shows and movies that I watched, and songs that I heard — inspired me and helped me get through my life. It’s meaningful to me when something I’ve done is meaningful to someone else.”

Don Jon is not a pr0n movie! “I wanted to talk about how media influenced people’s expectations. Pr0nography is a huge, huge part of our media culture. … Whether it’s rated X or approved by the FCC to sell Doritos, the message is the same.”

The hitRECord big red power button: “That stands for my own philosophy about being creative, and pushing the button, and getting started,” he says. There’s also a deeper, more personal reason hitRECord is so special to him: Gordon-Levitt opens up about the death of his only brother, Dan, who co-founded the movement, and still inspires him to encourage others to push their own buttons, and tell their own stories.


Joe told this week's issue of Star that Don Jon is actually an homage to his mother. "It's me writing a comedy about the wisdom that she wanted to instill in me. And she really loves the movie, actually. She was one of the first people to read the script." Now that's a comfortable mother-son relationship.

Here's my boy in New York City. Those aren't moobs. It was just a bit nipp[l]y outside.

Joseph Gordon Levitt

Joseph Gordon Levitt

Photos courtesy of, Pacific Coast News & WENN

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  1. Erinn says:

    I know a lot of people don’t like him on here, but I really think he’s a genuine guy. He isn’t the usual superficial celebrity – he is a creative guy, relatively sensitive, and super talented. He’s transitioned so well from child stardom.

    And like how Fassbender is some people’s foreverdong, he is mine.

  2. Aud says:

    Just because porn is everywhere doesn’t make it right, positive or beneficial to relationships or self image.

  3. mzizkrizten says:

    He’s cute and seems likable but the movie itself looks reallly stupid.

  4. Yellowshaba says:

    Hes an incredible actor, watch his early indie films especially mysterious skin, and you will understand his hype.

  5. Belle Epoch says:

    Oh no. I’ve always liked him but this movie sounds like something I would detest, despite the fact that the main character grows up at the end. Ew.

    • ORLY says:

      I watched it at TIFF, it was…a bit uncomfortable in some parts, but it wasn’t a bad movie and the message was clear, even though he used humour.

  6. Kiddo says:

    I have always really liked him but he is reaching the saturation point. We all know sex sells, it’s not a new concept. From what I’ve read in reviews, the movie sounds like a simplistic exercise in redemption through female directed porn, exorcising the male dominated gender out of the equation, but still emphasizing the importance of porn versus real sex. Further, Scarlett Johansson plays the sexy unattainable siren and I feel like I’ve seen that movie a dozen times. I’ll wait until it is out for a while before I consider seeing it.

  7. Yelly says:

    I want him. Bad.

  8. Sugar says:

    he has always been a favorite of mine I still see his lil face from a river runs thru to 3rd rock. he is a talented young man & thankfully he missed that bus to child star train wreck.

  9. DB says:

    I want want want WANT him

  10. I Choose Me says:

    @DB. You’ll have to wait your turn. :D

  11. *Laowai* says:

    On the basis of his looks alone, I would never have enough of him.

    But, unfortunately, he has to open his mouth. And give Franco a run for his money on the pretentious douche front.

  12. sammiesauce says:

    I love him.. but the casual wear is totally ruining it for me. His arms look way too long for his body right? The hat is no good… How can i unsee this?! Make it go away!!

  13. Mary says:

    He seems a very likeable young chappie

  14. Alarmjaguar says:

    He is one of those guys that just does it for me! Hot! Keep the pictures coming.

  15. magpie says:

    If the gay rumors were true, it would take nothing away for my lust. Love him.