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John Turturro on directing Woody Allen in 'Fading Gigolo' -- POSTER PREMIERE


We’re used to seeing veteran actor and director John Turturro as all sorts of characters – from a playwright in Barton Fink to Agent Simmons in the Transformers films to the iconic Jesus Quintana in The Big Lebowski. But in his upcoming film, Fading Gigolo, which he wrote, directed, and stars in, Turturro assumes the oldest profession – alongside his unlikely pimp, played by Woody Allen.

Allen plays a bookstore owner and Turturro his younger florist neighbor. After a chance conversation with Allen’s dermatologist, played by Sharon Stone, Turturro is roped into assisting with her “plumbing” needs and his new career takes off from there. His relationships span from the wealthy women of New York to a quiet, repressed Hasidic Jewish woman from Brooklyn, played by Vanessa Paradis.

'Fading Gigolo' trailer: It's hard out here for Woody Allen as a pimp -- VIDEO

In Fading Gigolo — a real movie we did not make up — Woody Allen plays Murray, a mild-mannered septuagenarian bookseller who earns extra money by pimping out his buddy, Fioravante (John Turturro, who also wrote and directed).

Following in the footsteps of trailblazing comedies like Hung and Deuce Bigalow, Male Gigolo, the film looks like it will portray the life of a male prostitute as fun and idyllic — who wouldn’t want to earn money by sleeping with voracious hotties like Sofia Vergara and Sharon Stone? In other words: Taxi Driver, this ain’t. (Curiously, though, the poster doesn’t picture Allen or Turturro, electing instead to focus on a naked woman’s torso and nether-regions. Thanks for the equal-opportunity objectification.)

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