Don Jon’s Addiction (read our review), the directorial debut of actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt (who also penned the film, and starred) tells the tale of a walking, talking version of The Jersey Shore who is addicted to internet pornography—so much so that despite his ability to bring home gorgeous gals, he tends to stick with the pornography.  As such, when the film premiered earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival, there was a good deal of pornography featured in the film, so much so that it was clear the film, unedited, would never score an R-rating.

As the film is positively saturated with pornography, it comes as no surprise that, in order to play ball with the MPAA, Gordon-Levitt is cutting a big chunk of porn from the film:

Yes, we expect we have to do that and I’ll be getting started on it as soon as I get back.

I think it is important that those images are in there but what precisely you see isn’t that important. What’s important is the rhythm of the film, the repetition of what the Don Jon character does, over and over.

As /Film notes, these cuts come after Gordon-Levitt stated in several Sundance interviews that he had already done a good deal of cropping and trimming of the featured pornography already.  But it’s the MPAA, and that organization has always been conservative when it comes to sex and nudity, and a NC-17 rating could kill the film’s chances of any kind of box office.

What do you think of the news?

Source: /Film