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In The Works: Woody Allen Does More Than Star in Turturro's Upcoming 'Gigolo'

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood September 24, 2012 at 4:52PM

I find it fascinating that Woody Allen would be so eager to play a pimp in John Turturro's upcoming portrait of a New York male prostitute, "Fading Gigolo," which was being sold at at Toronto. Turturro wrote and will direct the project, which is slated to shoot this fall, and will star as the gigolo.
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I find it fascinating that Woody Allen would be so eager to play a pimp in John Turturro's upcoming portrait of a New York male prostitute, "Fading Gigolo," which was being sold at at Toronto. Turturro wrote and will direct the project, which is slated to shoot this fall, and will star as the gigolo. Turturro woke up one morning with the idea of playing a prostitute in his head, reports the LAT: "It’s a genre you don’t see much of," Turturro said, "and when you do, maybe with the exception of 'Midnight Cowboy,' you only really see women as the hookers. Why not men?”

Allen got involved because Turturro talked about it to his barber, who in turn talked about it with other client Allen. The filmmaker and occasional actor was eager to play Turturro's pimp. But Allen wasn't about to completely cede control. He rewrote and edited sections of the script. Turturro's female clients will be played by Sofia Vergara, Vanessa Paradis and Sharon Stone.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.