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Q&A: John Turturro Talks USA Film Fest Opening Night Film ‘Fading Gigolo’
by Stephen Becker 22 Apr 2014

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.

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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.

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