Posts by Jonathan Crow
- joncrow at SXSW8 mths ago
"I had actually never seen 'Jersey Shore' before I wrote this, and that's the truth," said Joseph Gordon-Levitt to me the other day at an interview during South by Southwest.
We were talking about "Don Jon" (nee "Don Jon’s Addiction"), which he wrote, directed, and starred in. The movie concerns a meathead lothario hailing from New Jersey who loves his family, the church, and his sweet ride. But his real passions are trolling cheesy nightclubs for that perfect 10 and trolling the Internet for that perfect porn video. And yes, he and his buddies tend to sport the same overgelled hair stylings and douchtastic duds favored by the Situation and company.
Though Gordon-Levitt might not have watched the MTV reality show, plenty of his friends who read early drafts did. "It kept coming up after friends of mine had read it. I figured I should watch this show, and I did. I couldn't really get into more than one episode of it."
- joncrow at SXSW9 mths ago
"I think I need to take my clothes off."
That's what Olivia Wilde told director Joe Swanberg at one point while shooting her latest movie "Drinking Buddies." After the movie's premiere at SXSW this weekend, I had a chance to talk with Wilde, Swanberg, and the rest of the cast during a private meet-and-greet.
Swanberg has become something of an institution at the festival for making a string of sharply realized character studies like "Hanna Takes the Stairs" and "LOL." "Drinking Buddies," which also stars Jake Johnson, Anna Kendrick, and Ron Livingston, is his biggest budget, most accessible movie yet.
The trick to his films is that they are completely improvised; he collaborates with his actors to figure out everything from the dialogue to major plot points. No set script. No marks to hit. It's a method that actors find both daunting and liberating. "I was scared sh-tless," confessed Kendrick.
"After you improvise for a while," recalled Wilde, "you can't remember what you've done. It's so instinctual; it's flowing out of you. It almost feels like you blackout."