Joseph Gordon-Levitt wrote and directed the movie Don Jon’s Addiction and he has been discussing the things that changed from the actual script, when it came to shooting the film. Joseph says that there were plenty of times where he decided not to shoot from certain angles, as he felt that they had the shot in one take.
Gordon-Levitt told Collider, “The shot-list usually had more shots than what we ended up shooting because usually I’d have on my list let’s get it from here, here, and here but then we’d do it from here and I’d be like ‘That’s great, we don’t need it from here and here.’ When the acting is holding up and the performance plays you don’t have to worry about being able to cut in as much.”
He added, “There’s a lot of one-ers in this movie, there’s a lot of scenes that we just shot in one. I was actually looking at the script recently for the first time in a while and it changed a lot in little ways, like a million little ways and that’s, I think, because the actors bring more to it than what a writer can, or what I as a writer could.”
Joseph continued, “There is occasionally, I’ve worked on one or two movies, well more than one or two, a small handful of movies where I as an actor say to myself, ‘I’m going to learn this word for word because this shit deserves it.’”
As well as directing Don Jon’s Addiction, Joseph Gordon-Levitt also stars in the movie, alongside Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore and Tony Danza. Don Jon’s Addiction is expected to feature at the South by Southwest Film Festival before being released later this year.