John Turturro writes, directs and stars opposite Woody Allen in Fading Gigolo, a charmingly offbeat indie comedy with an unusual premise about two cash-strapped best friends who devise a lucrative scheme involving the world’s oldest profession. A partnership is born when Fioravante (Turturro) embarks on his new career as an upscale New York gigolo with Murray (Allen) acting as his pimp. Turturro’s tale of people’s never ending quest to find happiness through sex and love is as moving as it is funny. Opening April 18th, the film also stars Sharon Stone, Sofia Vergara, Vanessa Paradis and Liev Schreiber.
In an exclusive interview, Turturro talked about teaming up creatively with Allen in the lead roles, finding the right supporting cast, the decision to shoot on film rather than digitally, setting the comedic action in the Hasidic community, basing the look of the film on Saul Leiter photographs, and complementing the story with music by jazz great Gene Ammons and New Orleans’ Trumbone Shorty and songs performed by Dalida and Paradis. He also discussed his upcoming projects including Exodus: Gods and Kings, God’s Pocket, Mia Madre, a short for the Rio, I Love You anthology, and a Big Lebowski spin-off. Check out our John Turturro interview after the jump.