Joseph Gordon-Levitt said he doesn't want to take part in the "unhealthy" Hollywood scene.
"I think a lot of that stuff is pretty unhealthy and I don't wanna participate in it," he said. "At the same time, Hollywood has been selling movies that way for nearly a hundred years. So I'm certainly culpable to one degree or another. Uh, and is that surreal? I guess so, yeah. Do I get used to it? Not exactly."
The 32-year-old recalled the first time he "did a bunch of press" after he starred in Angels in the Outfield. He said his mother, Jane, asked him if he was sure he wanted to pursue an acting career.
"I hated it, hated it," he said. "To the point where my mom was concerned and was like, 'You don't have to do this. Are you sure you wanna do this? Maybe we shouldn't. You can act in theater. I know you love doing this but are you sure you wanna do it in movies and TV because this is gonna go along with it and you clearly really don't like it.'"
As previously reported by The Inquisitr's Niki Cruz, Joseph Gordon-Levitt said at a press conference for the film that Don Jon is about how people sometimes have unrealistic expectations of each other and how the media contributes to that. Real life, he said, is better than the movies.
"I personally have worked in the media, while working as an actor my whole life," he said. "In the last few years I hear people say, 'Oh I wish my life was like it was in that movie.' When I hear that, I get a little startled because real life isn't as simple as it is on-screen. Real-life is more beautiful."
Don Jon hits theaters September 27.