Woody Allen Is a Pimp in John Turturro’s New Movie

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Aug. 14 2013 11:59 AM

Woody Allen Is a Pimp in New John Turturro Movie

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Woody Allen in the trailer for Fading Gigolo

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Fading Gigolo stars John Turturro, who also wrote and directed the film, as a man who decides to become a prostitute as a favor for his friend, Murry, a failing bookseller played by Woody Allen. Sharon Stone and Sofia Vergara play two clients who apparently become interested in a threesome.

That sounds like a fairly silly male fantasy, and the trailer reinforces that impression—while also making the movie look like a Woody Allen knockoff possibly elevated by the presence of the actual Woody Allen.

But Turturro’s last fictional feature was the very underrated and idiosyncratic Romance & Cigarettes, so I’m going to hold out hope that the strong faux-Woody vibe is at least partly a matter of marketing. And the story has a vaguely end-of-men subtext, à la Magic Mike, that perhaps Turturro will examine intelligently. Plus there’s the cast, which, besides the actors mentioned above, also includes Liev Schreiber, Bob Balaban, and Jill Scott.

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Anyway, we should find out later this year or perhaps some time next. Fading Gigolo will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.

David Haglund is a senior editor at Slate. He runs Brow Beat, Slate's culture blog.