Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Watch: First Trailer For Tim Burton's 'Big  Eyes' Starring Amy Adams And Christoph Waltz Watch: First Trailer For Tim Burton's 'Big Eyes' Starring Amy Adams And Christoph Waltz 'Deadpool’ Spin-Off With Ryan Reynolds Is Finally Green Lit, Set For A Winter 2016 Release Date 'Deadpool’ Spin-Off With Ryan Reynolds Is Finally Green Lit, Set For A Winter 2016 Release Date First Look: Cobie Smulders & Guy Pearce In Andrew Bujalski's 'Results' First Look: Cobie Smulders & Guy Pearce In Andrew Bujalski's 'Results' 10 Films We Haven’t Yet Seen That May Be Serious Oscar Contenders 10 Films We Haven’t Yet Seen That May Be Serious Oscar Contenders Exclusive: Matthew McConaughey Won’t Be Back For ‘Magic Mike XXL,’ Director Says Sequel Will Be “Very Different” Exclusive: Matthew McConaughey Won’t Be Back For ‘Magic Mike XXL,’ Director Says Sequel Will Be “Very Different” David Fincher Says He Shouldn't Have Directed 'The Game,' Dislikes Superhero Movies & Talks "Crazy" '20,000 Leagues' David Fincher Says He Shouldn't Have Directed 'The Game,' Dislikes Superhero Movies & Talks "Crazy" '20,000 Leagues' Matt Damon & Paul Greengrass Are Returning To The 'Bourne' Series Matt Damon & Paul Greengrass Are Returning To The 'Bourne' Series First Look: Angelina Jolie And Brad Pitt In 'By The Sea' First Look: Angelina Jolie And Brad Pitt In 'By The Sea' The Best, Worst And Most Disappointing Films Of The 2014 Toronto International Film Festival The Best, Worst And Most Disappointing Films Of The 2014 Toronto International Film Festival David Fincher Says Differences Over Casting And Disney's Corporate Culture Stalled '20,000 Leagues Under The Sea' David Fincher Says Differences Over Casting And Disney's Corporate Culture Stalled '20,000 Leagues Under The Sea' Recap: 'Boardwalk Empire' Season 5, Episode 2 ‘The Good Listener’ Recap: 'Boardwalk Empire' Season 5, Episode 2 ‘The Good Listener’ Review: 'No Good Deed' Starring Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson Review: 'No Good Deed' Starring Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson Watch: Shailene Woodley Gets NSFW In 2 Clips From 'White Bird In A Blizzard' Plus New Pics Watch: Shailene Woodley Gets NSFW In 2 Clips From 'White Bird In A Blizzard' Plus New Pics Tom Hardy Says He'll Never Do Another Romantic Comedy Again Thanks To 'This Means War' Tom Hardy Says He'll Never Do Another Romantic Comedy Again Thanks To 'This Means War' David Fincher Apparently Thinks 'Dragon Tattoo' Sequel 'The Girl Who Played With Fire' Could Get Made David Fincher Apparently Thinks 'Dragon Tattoo' Sequel 'The Girl Who Played With Fire' Could Get Made The Best Documentaries Of 2014 So Far The Best Documentaries Of 2014 So Far The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The Best Films Of 2014 So Far... The Best Films Of 2014 So Far... The 10 Best & Worst Movie Sex Scenes The 10 Best & Worst Movie Sex Scenes All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More

John Turturro Will Direct & Star In 'Fading Gigolo' With Sharon Stone; May Appear In Michael Bay's 'Pain & Gain'

The Playlist By Edward Davis | The Playlist February 19, 2012 at 5:22PM

While he’s one of our most respected actors -- who somehow has never received an Oscar nomination, that’s another story -- the world of feature filmmaking hasn’t been exactly kind to actor John Turturro.
0
John Turturro

While he’s one of our most respected actors -- who somehow has never received an Oscar nomination, that’s another story -- the world of feature filmmaking hasn’t been exactly kind to actor John Turturro.

While his early directorial efforts, 1992's "Mac" and 1998's "Illuminata,” were well-received -- both were accepted to Cannes and the former earned itself the Caméra d'Or prize and two key Independent Spirit Award nominations -- neither did particularly well at the box-office (max gross was under $900,000 domestically).

His later pictures didn't score the same kinds of accolades. And despite the caliber of actors willing to work with him, Kate Winslet, Susan Sarandon, James Gandolfini, Christopher Walken and Steve Buscemi all starred in 2007’s “Romance and Cigarettes,” the film couldn’t muster more than $557K at the domestic box-office after waiting two years to be released (and was poorly reviewed to boot). 2010’s “Passione” barely cracked $255K and suffice to say most audience didn’t even realize it came out, let alone know that Turturro has four feature-length films under his belt.

Still, try, try again if one doesn’t succeed, especially when all these projects are labors of love not exactly meant to break the bank. Either way, Turturro is already mounting his next project and he has his admirers in foreign backers.

French mini-major studio MK2 is producing Turturro’s $10 million “Fading Gigolo,” a feature that the eclectic actor -- known for his work in Spike Lee, Coen Brothers, but also Michael Bay and Adam Sandler films -- has co-written and will direct and star. Principal photography begins in New York in April with a plot that centers on a down-on-his luck old pimp who persuades Turturro’s character to become a gigolo. Sharon Stone recently told press she’d be starring in the film as well.

Having already starred in three of Michael Bay’s 'Transformers' films -- to much-needed comedic affect, we might add -- it’s been rumored (via Latino Review) that Turturro will also appear in the “Armageddon” director’s next, non-robot-centric feature, “Pain & Gain,” about two about numbskulled body builders who get caught up in an extortion and kidnapping scheme that goes terribly wrong. Dwayne Johnson and Mark Wahlberg are set to star and Turturro joining the cast seems like a reasonable enough posit as long as it doesn’t interfere with “Fading Gigolo.”

MK2’s recent and upcoming projects include Walter Salles’ “On the Road,Abbas Kiarostami’s “Like Someone in Love,” Olivier Assayas’ “Something in the Air,”and Xavier Dolan’s “Laurence Anyways,” and that's certainly not bad company to be in. [ScreenDaily]

This article is related to: John Turturro, Pain And Gain, Michael Bay, Sharon Stone, Fading Gigolo


The Playlist

The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more.


E-Mail Updates