Scarlett Johansson is one of the most successful and mesmerizing actresses whose presence boosts the value of any project she’s involved in. Johansson is perhaps the highest-grossing actress thanks to her involvement in blockbuster projects like The Avengers and Captain America: Civil War. Many stars look up to her for inspiration, for she demonstrates extraordinary resilience when depicting her on-screen characters.
In 2013, she starred in the American romantic comedy-drama film Don Jon, in which she played the role of Barbara Sugarman opposite The Dark Knight Rises film star Joseph Gordan-Levitt, who wrote and directed this highly acclaimed movie.
In a previous interview, Gordon-Levitt revealed that he “owes a great deal of credit to Scarlett Johansson” for the film’s success. The actor also claimed he was surprised by her commitment to the project, as she agreed to become part of his directorial debut film even before he had no funds to finance this project.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt Credits Co-star Scarlett Johansson for His Don Jon Movie Success
Scarlett Johansson is best known for portraying challenging, influential, and complex characters on the silver screen by showcasing her unmatched acting skills. Johansson has worked with enough A-list talents, including Hollywood stalwart Joseph Gordon-Levitt, with whom she shared the silver screen in their shared 2013 film Don Jon.
Gordon-Levitt, a multi-talented actor, starred, wrote, and directed this movie. While both actors did a phenomenal job and played their respective roles effortlessly, the 42-year-old star once revealed that he credits his co-star for their film’s massive success and her commitment to the project. In a candid interview with Entertainment Weekly, the actor shared,
“Because I’d been in Inception, and because The Dark Knight Rises hadn’t come out yet, but it was going to come out, and because of Scarlett’s name, and because The Avengers was going to come out when she and I were attached to the script, that was it. I owe a great deal of credit to Scarlett, who got on board before anybody before we even had our financing. Her making that commitment was a huge part of us being able to do it.”
Joseph Gordon-Levitt claimed that because of his involvement in the Christian Bale-led film The Dark Knight Rises and Johansson’ The Avengers film was going to be released at the time, he was grateful that she agreed to do this movie, which helped him get funds for his directorial debut project.
Scarlett Johansson on Working With Joseph Gordon-Levitt
During the same interview with Entertainment Weekly, Scarlett Johansson opened up about her experience working with her co-star Joseph Gordon-Levitt and talked about what intrigued her to play the role of Barbara Sugarman, saying,
“It was great to work with Joe to finally utilize my experience growing up in New York City and knowing those Jersey girls, you know? She’s that kind of girl who is perfectly manicured and really a class act. A girl you want to bring home to your mother. The accent represents that community, like ‘So what? I’m a loud Jersey girl. You got somethin’ to say about it?’ There’s a bit of a loud, entitled sound to it. There is also a certain kind of warmth and openness.”
Joseph Gordon-Levitt-directed romantic comedy-drama film boasts an A-list cast ensemble featuring Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore, Rob Brown, Glenne Headly, Brie Larson, and Tony Danza. The movie received an overwhelming response from the audience and critics alike and grossed $41 million at the global box office.
Don Jon is available for streaming on Amazon Prime Video.
Source: Entertainment Weekly