"Thank you. I try. Sometimes you succeed. Sometimes you don't. You never know."
Over lunch downtown,
That was a big year for him, Turturro recalls. He performed in that production just after filming
The 57-year-old Turturro has also made three
He enjoyed himself, Turturro says. "I try not to go slumming. Here's how I look at it: If you were a painter, this is a sketch, broad strokes. And then you get back to doing a full painting." This explains all the meagerly compensated but soul-satisfying stage work. In recent years Turturro has performed Chekhov, Ibsen and other greats in New York.
And he has a cinematic directing career to go with his acting and stage directing. Opening Friday, "Fading Gigolo" finds Turturro, who wrote the script for himself and
In 2011 Turturro directed an evening of Broadway one-acts billed as "Relatively Speaking," one of them an Allen playlet. Turturro had also appeared in a tiny role in "Hannah and Her Sisters." The joke, essentially true, is that Turturro (fabulous hair) and Allen (not bad, considering) share the same barber and several years ago it was their barber who suggested they do something together sometime.
The early drafts of "Fading Gigolo" favored a much broader style of comedy than the final version. Allen balked at the initial script "but he liked certain little ideas in it," Turturro says. "I've always been interested in what people will pay for some sort of intimacy, and in this unceasing need we have for human connection. Whether I succeeded or not, this was the intention."
Since 1985 Turturro has been married to actress and Highland Park native
Turturro and Borowitz live in
Next stop for Turturro as director? He hopes it'll be a loose English-language remake of Bertrand Blier's controversial, rough-and-tumble 1974 road picture "Going Places," notorious for scenes of sexual assault Turturro assures will be toned down in his version. Much will be taken, he says, from the original Blier novel. "That film had a big effect on me," he says." Its free-form tonal change-ups, he says, influenced Turturro's earlier feature "Romance and Cigarettes."
So on it goes: the pursuit of financing for projects such as "Fading Gigolo" and "Going Places," in and among film work that pays the bills and often more than that, and theater work that merely pays the bills. "My agent always yells at me and says I could be a very wealthy person," Turturro laments with a smile. "Well. I do the best I can. Small parts, big parts." Medium-budget pictures, he says, "don't exist anymore, not really." He cites director
After the macchiato arrives, Turturro is thanked for his time, and we talk a little more about movies he admires, among them Asghar Farhadi's Oscar-winning Iranian drama
"Fading Gigolo" opens today. Turturro also appears in "God's Pocket," along with the late