Readers of Out magazine will find Joseph Gordon-Levitt gracing the cover this month where he discusses porn, his new film Don-Jon and the ever persistent rumours about his sexuality, which just cannot seem to stop fascinating the world of gossip.
The actor has been the subject of these rumours for quite a while now, and it doesn’t seem like people are willing to let it go. Gordon-Levitt himself, however, doesn’t really care much for the rumours and instead just doesn’t want to waste any time on denying or confirming them.
"That would be really tacky," he said to Out. “They would win if I had to clarify.”
On top of that, he also realises that it’s quite important to protect his privacy, so he would rather keep information such as his sexuality to himself.
"It comes from a really young age," he continued. “It can be really awkward and difficult to be thought of as this thing on TV. Before understanding it or being able to analyze it, I just knew it made me really anxious.”
But perhaps it’s just about time people stop caring so much about his sexuality and instead focus on what really matters to him right now: his new film.
The actor who once started as an awkward teenager on 3rd Rock From the Sun has now developed into both a writer and a director. His latest comedy film, Don Jon, not only sees him flexing these skills, but he also stars as Jon Martello Jr., Don Jon himself.
The movie sees a New Jersey knucklehead and porn addict struggle to deal with the fact that reality does not live up to the expectations he gained from his porn obsession. Not even meeting an overly romantic bombshell of a woman, played by Scarlett Johansson, comes close to fulfilling his desires.
The movie is not at all centred or focused on pornography, though, Gordon-Levitt stresses.
"I was interested in making a movie about how people treat each other like things, and all kinds of media can contribute to that," he explained. "I’ve been working as an actor since I was a little kid, and I’ve always been fascinated, and a little horrified, by the way people relate to images they see on screen. Sometimes I feel I am seen as a thing more than a person, and I don’t think that’s unique to actors. I think everyone is subject to that kind of pigeonholing."
Don Jon will be released in cinemas on September 27th.