The USA Film Festival opens tonight with Fading Gigolo. John Turturro wrote, directed and stars in the film about a man who takes up an unlikely second career. And he stopped by KERA this morning for a chat.
Among the highlights:
On how he got Woody Allen to act in the film…
“I thought Woody and I could be interesting as a team playing opposite of each other, and I suggested it to my hair cutter – Anthony, his name is, who’s Woody’s hair cutter. And he was brave enough – I don’t know if I asked him or told him, ‘Hey, if it comes up naturally, whatever…’ And Woody really, really liked it.”
On his directing style …
“I talk when I have to. … If I had nothing to say, I don’t say anything.”
On the fulfillment he gets from directing …
“When I’ve had great roles, you get a fulfillment from that. But this, you know, you’re in every part of the film. And you are really confronted with yourself.”
Listen to the interview here:
Turturro will take part in a Q&A session tonight after the USA Film Festival screening of Fading Gigolo. The movie opens in Dallas on May 2.