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Sundance premiere: Is Joseph Gordon-Levitt the new Sundance kid?
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A scene from "Don Jon's Addiction," part of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.
Cast member Tony Danza poses at the premiere of "Don Jon's Addiction" during the 2013 Sundance Film Festival on Friday, Jan. 18, 2013 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Danny Moloshok/Invision/AP)
Director, writer and cast member, Joseph Gordon-Levitt poses at the premiere of "Don Jon's Addiction" during the 2013 Sundance Film Festival on Friday, Jan. 18, 2013 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Danny Moloshok/Invision/AP)
Director, writer and cast member, Joseph Gordon-Levitt poses at the premiere of "Don Jon's Addiction" during the 2013 Sundance Film Festival on Friday, Jan. 18, 2013 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Danny Moloshok/Invision/AP)
Cast member Julianne Moore poses at the premiere of "Don Jon's Addiction" during the 2013 Sundance Film Festival on Friday, Jan. 18, 2013 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Danny Moloshok/Invision/AP)
Cast member Julianne Moore, center, greets fellow cast member Tony Danza, right, as director, writer and fellow cast member Joseph Gordon-Levitt, left, looks on at the premiere of "Don Jon's Addiction" during the 2013 Sundance Film Festival on Friday, Jan. 18, 2013 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Danny Moloshok/Invision/AP)
Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s passion project “HitRecord,” which he launched online in 2005, is the ultimate collaborative experience. Thousands of artists from around the world contribute, with Gordon-Levitt as sort of the ringmaster of an editing team that blends it all together. Here,  Gordon-Levitt is interviewed at the premiere of "Don Jon's Addiction" at the  2013 Sundance Film Festival.  (Photo by Danny Moloshok/Invision/AP)
Cast member Julianne Moore, right, talks with director, writer and fellow cast member Joseph Gordon-Levitt, at the premiere of "Don Jon's Addiction" during the 2013 Sundance Film Festival on Friday, Jan. 18, 2013 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Danny Moloshok/Invision/AP)
Cast member Julianne Moore, right, embraces director, writer and fellow cast member Joseph Gordon-Levitt, at the premiere of "Don Jon's Addiction" during the 2013 Sundance Film Festival on Friday, Jan. 18, 2013 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Danny Moloshok/Invision/AP)
Cast member Julianne Moore is interviewed at the premiere of "Don Jon's Addiction" during the 2013 Sundance Film Festival on Friday, Jan. 18, 2013 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Danny Moloshok/Invision/AP)
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, left, and Tony Danza from the film "Don Jon's Addiction," pose for a portrait during the 2013 Sundance Film Festival at the Fender Music Lodge, on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP Images)
Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s passion project “HitRecord,” which he launched online in 2005, is the ultimate collaborative experience. Thousands of artists from around the world contribute, with Gordon-Levitt as sort of the ringmaster of an editing team that blends it all together. Here, Gordon-Levitt from the film "Don Jon's Addiction," poses for a portrait during the 2013 Sundance Film Festival at the Fender Music Lodge, on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013 in Park City. (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP Images)
Tony Danza from the film "Don Jon's Addiction," poses for a portrait during the 2013 Sundance Film Festival at the Fender Music Lodge, on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP Images)
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, left, and Tony Danza from the film "Don Jon's Addiction," pose for a portrait during the 2013 Sundance Film Festival at the Fender Music Lodge, on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP Images)
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, left, and Tony Danza from the film "Don Jon's Addiction," pose for a portrait during the 2013 Sundance Film Festival at the Fender Music Lodge, on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP Images)

Park City » Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Julianne Moore and Tony Danza walked the red carpet at the Eccles Theatre on Friday night to promote Levitt’s directorial debut, “Don Jon’s Addiction.”

The film focuses on Don Jon, a pornography addict who doesn’t know how to enjoy sex with a real person, and instead satisfies himself through internet porn.

Scarlett Johansson plays Gordon-Levitt’s romantic interest. Johansson, who is performing on Broadway, wasn’t in attendance at the premiere.

Before he spoke with The Tribune, Gordon-Levitt offered some advice to two students from the Park City High School film studies class promoting his own collaborative production company and website (www.hitrecord.org).

“HitRecord! Make shit. That’s my advice. Don’t wait for somebody else to tell you that you can. Don’t wait for somebody to hire you. Don’t wait for an agent, you don’t have to move to LA, f--k all that.”

A Sundance regular, Gordon-Levitt was especially enthusiastic about this year’s trip to Park City. Before the screening, he chose to stick to the script when answering questions. When asked if he felt that pornography addiction was a real problem or a copout that justified indulgence, Gordon-Levitt talked about why he made the film.

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“I just wanted to tell a story about how people objectify each other and I wanted to tell a love story ultimately, and to me, that’s what always gets in the way of love is people putting these expectations on each other,” he said. “My character in the movie watches a lot of porn, Scarlett’s character in the movie watches a lot of romantic Hollywood movies and they both are sort of missing each other.

“They think they’re in love —but are they really? Or are they just comparing their relationship to something they saw in a movie or in a porn video? I find all that stuff hilarious so I wrote a comedy about it,” Gordon-Levitt said.

Recent Golden Globe winner Julianne Moore said she was drawn to the film based on the writing. “It was a movie that’s very surprising, certainly comedic, but then it ends up being much more, and also I was very touched by it. I turned to my husband; I read it on the plane, and I said, ‘Oh this is lovely.’”

Tony Danza’s favorite part about the movie was “being in it.” He also enjoyed reunited with Gordon-Levitt, whom he worked with 20 years ago on “Angels in the Outfield.”

“I’m excited for him more than anything else,” Danza said. “I think you’re going to see a really good movie and what’s going to surprise you is how good of a director he is.”

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