We bring you the facts about the writer, director and star of DON JON…

DON JON is released in Irish cinemas this week. The film is directed by, written by and starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, as a man whose addiction to porn creates unrealistic and damaging expectations in his personal life. Here at Movies.ie, we have long been fans of JGL, and thought this was the perfect opportunity to gather some trivia about the actor…

Joseph began acting at the age of six with auditioning and landing small roles in commercials and television until he landed his breakout role in 3RD ROCK FROM THE SUN.
… And he was so cute with his dodgy 90s haircuts! Not to mention 3RD ROCK was a great show.

After spending six seasons on 3RD ROCK FROM THE SUN Joseph attended Columbia University in New York City, New York. He studied history, literature, and French poetry.
… He soon dropped out of college to return to acting in ‘good movies’, as he put it.

JGL replaced James Franco as Arthur in INCEPTION.
… We bet Franco is raging! Although his career ain’t going too bad!

Since his time in college, Joseph has become very interested in French art, and speaks French fluently.
… Swoon.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt considered casting friend Channing Tatum in DON JON before taking the role himself.
… We’re glad he decided to step in front of the camera on this one.

LOOPER was the third collaboration between director Rian Johnson JGL, the first being Brick, and the second being a quick cameo in The Brothers Bloom as a bar patron with guitar.
… And what a fantastic collaboration it was. We look forward to seeing JGL and Johnson team up again.

hitRECord is an online collaborative production company founded and owned by Joseph.
… hitRECord encourages users to collaborate together on projects including books, music and film.

To prepare for his role in MYSTERIOUS SKIN, JGL spent a week visiting cities and towns in Kansas where the book is set.
… Scott Heim, author of the original novel, guided him around the locations and had him meet the actual people on whom the characters are based.

Gordon-Levitt’s maternal grandfather, Michael Gordon, was a Hollywood film director between the 1940s and 1970s and directed the 1959 Doris Day/Rock Hudson film PILLOW TALK.
… Such a talented family!

Joseph Gordon-Levitt will next be seen as Johnny in SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR.
… JGL took over the role when Johnny Depp declined.

DON JON is in Irish cinemas from Friday December 15th

Words: Brogen Hayes