Allen and Turturro

“I’ve always been open to acting in other people’s films, but no one has ever asked me to be in their films, only two or three times in 30 years. When John Turturro asked me to be in Fading Gigolo, I said sure.” Not many people can get Woody Allen to play a part in their movie, but I guess all you really have to do is ask. And Turturro’s latest directorial effort, Fading Gigolo, looks like an absolute blast- partly because of Allen’s presence.

Even without Allen, Fading Gigolo seems like a very Woody Allen-ish film. Turturro stars as Fioravante, whose friend Murray (Allen) convinces him to become a gigolo for a little extra cash. With a frazzled, bespectacled suitor finding an unlikely (and unconventional) outlet for romance, this one definitely seems like Allen has been rubbing off on Turturro (especially to the sounds of Louis Prima).

And the trailer doesn’t ever get to extreme with the sex jokes (save for a brief bit with Sofia Vergara). Fading Gigolo seems to focus on companionship, growing older, and romance, with Allen making continual “I need more money” jokes along the way. Think of it as a grown-up version of Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo. Check out the first trailer for the film after the break.

Fading Gigolo doesn’t have a U.S. release date as of yet, but it’ll be premiering at the Toronto Film Festival this September. [Yahoo!]


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