[USA Film Fest Interview]…’Fading Gigolo’ Writer/Director/Star John Turturro

JTThe Dallas-based USA Film Festival (which runs 4/22-4/27) kicked off on Thursday, April 22nd. Prior to the opening night ceremonies, John Turturro brought his new film Fading Gigolo to Dallas to open the festival. His latest is narrative is about a NY native who when faced with losing his job enters into the world’s oldest profession, and ends up finding something he didn’t know he was looking for.

Fading Gigolo is an oddball film but one that deep down has a heart and a message about the simplest of life’s pursuits – love, relationships and a sense of belonging. Written, directed and starring John Turturro, the film is Turturro’s fifth after Mac, Illuminata, Romance & Cigarettes and Passione. It focuses on people’s endless and never fully satisfying quest to find happiness through sex and love in a way that is as moving as it is funny. We sat with Turturro to talk about casting/writing for Woody Allen, personal interests, his confidence behind the camera and more.

The film is written, directed and stars John Turturro and as well as Woody Allen, Vanessa Paradis, Sharon Stone, Sofía Vergara and Liev Schreiber. Millennium Entertainment’s Fading Gigolo began its limited release in U.S. theaters on April 18th, 2014.

Fioravante decides to become a professional Don Juan as a way of making money to help his cash-strapped friend, Murray. With Murray acting as his “manager”, the duo quickly finds themselves caught up in the crosscurrents of love and money.