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The version of Don Jon’s Addiction that moviegoers will see when it hits theaters nationwide will be relatively censored compared to the screenings at the Sundance Film Festival. Director and star Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who is in Berlin for another screening, said that some sex scenes will have to be trimmed to receive an R-rating from the MPAA.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the first-time director told the media on Friday, “Yes, we expect we have to do that and I'll be getting started on it as soon as I get back.”
Don Jon’s Addiction earned very positive reviews after its screening at Sundance, but critics immediately wondered how some of the graphic sex scenes could possibly stay in the general release version, noted Indiewire.
Still, even though the film centers on a man addicted to pornography, Gordon-Levitt is confident that by cutting those scenes, it will not affect his story.
“I think it is important that those images are in there but what precisely you see isn't that important,” he said in Berlin. “What's important is the rhythm of the film, the repetition of what the Don Jon character does, over and over.”
Considering the amount of money Relativity Media committed to the film, the distributor must be happy to hear that Gordon-Levitt is willing to make the cuts himself to expand its audience. The company purchased U.S. distribution rights for $4 million, plus spent $25 million to promote and release the film.
Don Jon’s Addiction will be screened at SXSW in Austin, Texas next month. The film also stars Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore and Tony Danza and is expected to hit theaters over the summer.