With his own recent films of frustratingly varied quality not being counted, it’s been eleven years (Company Man) since Woody Allen acted under another director — the kind of work he wasn’t all that averse to in his earlier days. The immense power of John Turturro is changing that, however, with Variety reporting that Allen will make a turn for the actor-cum-filmmaker in Fading Gigolo.
A comedy that’s also been written by Turturro, it follows “cash-strapped best friends who decide to go into the gigolo business together and subsequently attract the suspicion of the Hasidic Jewish community in which they live.” After taking up the names of “Virgil and Bongo,” things soon dovetail into “Allen pimping out Turturro’s character until he falls for a Jewish widow,” a role still without an actress.
Sharon Stone and Sofia Vergara (Modern Family) are also in talks to star; the former would play “Allen’s dermatologist who hires Turturro to sleep with her,” as the latter is being pursued for the part of “another wealthy client who’s bored with her marriage and wants to have a threesome with Turturro and Stone.”
While not one of us would ever buy either of these guys as remotely successful gigolos — you wouldn’t, right? — I can’t help and find myself honestly, truly tickled by the premise alone. And it’s this very level of irrationality that’s sure to be a big component to whatever humor may come from Fading Gigolo as a whole; taken with its current lineup, this could make it one of the most potential-filled comedies chugging along right now. I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out here.
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