TODAY | September 18, 2013
>>> from boxing to broadway to big hits like "who's the boss," tony danza .
>> now in "don jon," back playing a father figure, but this time he is a foul-mouthed dad from new jersey. but he is still buff. take a look.
>> what did you say?
>> what do you mean what did i say?
>> what you said. what's the matter with that? why don't you speak up and talk like a human being ?
>> like a human being . tony's back.
>> hi, ladies. good to see you.
>> this movie is trending big time .
>> i guess last time it was trending worldwide. it's pretty cool.
>> provocative subject, about a guy who is, you would say, quite a modern -- would you say typical of --
>> well, you know, i think when i was a kid if you wanted pornography, you raided your uncle phil 's playboys.
>> crazy uncle phil ?
>> no, not crazy. you had to raid his playboys or go down to a store and buy a magazine. you would be standing at the counter with the magazine.
>> little shame involved.
>> neighbor lady walks in. you know what i mean . now you press the button. a lot of young people are -- and both sexes, according to scarlet, that women watch more porn than men.
>> that was one of her quotes. you don't think so.
>> until her cable goes zblout scarlet johansson 's character plays someone who loves stories.
>> that's the idea. i think it's being tagged as this kid is addicted to internet pornography . that's a factor in this, but what joe is trying to do, i think, is comment on the massive amount of media we're absorbing, whatever kind, whether it be pornography or hollywood romances.
>> we talk with it every day here.
>> how relationships -- can we be present with somebody if we're making a checklist at the same time?
>> likes porn basically more or meets some sort of need in him more than actual relationships which he has many, many of. strikes a big cord.
>> he can get any girl. it's unbelievable. puts his eyes on them, boom. they're going home.
>> but not satisfied with them.
>> not satisfied with them.
>> he was your friend for many, many years?
>> in "the outfield" together. great kid. he's really talented. he's trying to break the problem of trying to do a variety show now. he's doing a variety show , pip recordings is his company. he direct this had and acted in it. that's big, but he wrote this. so he wrote a movie that has -- i think it's important. it has a -- it captures this moment of our culture, very clearly and provocatively and then makes you laugh and has something to say. that's amazing.
>> in addition to this film, you're also busy on broadway . hello.
>> when do you open your new show?
>> next thursday.
>> this is called --
>> "honeymoon in vegas." it's written by andrew bergman , movie with nick cage and i play -- it's a musical. wrote this incredible score. you know about scores. i'm telling you, one of the things that's been a little bit lacking, i think, are the great songs on broadway .
>> you write them but they don't often appreciate them.
>> that's true. in your case.
>> but we have -- i'm telling you, i think it will be hard to decide which is your favorite song.
>> really? great.
>> the star of the show --
>> nominated last year.
>> and brynn o'malley from annie. it 's wonderful .
>> you're always so excited about what you --
>> no, no, no, no, no. here is my barometer. i'll give you my baromtmeter. the ensemble is back. i was hanging on by my fingernails. the corhoreographer says there's the steps. boom, they do it. these are all young veterans of broadway . and if you see them, they know what's good, what's not good, what feels right, what doesn't. they're so excited about it. so that is a tremendous --
>> are you in previews now?
>> previews start --
>> you're in tech. you're in tech hell.
>> but i'm here. they're in tech hell.
>> tony, we love you and wish you luck.
>> by the way, one other thing, the book came out, the paper back of -- i would like to apologize to every teacher. came out on paper back.
>> you're hotter than ever, buddy.