The Woody Allen performance in a movie not written or directed by Woody Allen is a species rarely spotted in nature, like an Asian crested ibis or a Miami Marlins fan. There’s the 1967 James Bond spoof Casino Royale, the 1976 blacklist comedy The Front, Paul Mazursky’s Scenes From A Mall, a TV movie version of Neil Simon’s The Sunshine Boys, the lead voice in the DreamWorks animated movie Antz, and the little-seen comedy Picking Up The Pieces by director Alfonso Arau.
It’s been over a dozen years since that last film, but Allen finally makes his return to non-Woody Allen movies in this fall’s Fading Gigolo, written and directed by actor John Turturro, who recently directed one of Allen’s one-act plays on Broadway. This time, he’ll direct Allen himself, in a story about a man (Turturro) who becomes a prostitute at the direction of Allen’s pimp. Here’s the trailer—and before you ask, yes, Louis Prima’s “Just A Gigolo” does feature prominently:
The trail of the tape
Title: Fading Gigolo
Director: John Turturro
Screenwriters: John Turturro
Cast: John Tuturro, Woody Allen, Sharon Stone
The entire trailer in one line of dialogue: “Everybody needs contact, they need love, they need affection.”
The entire trailer in one screengrab:
The film will make its world première at Toronto next month; it doesn’t have American distribution yet, so they’ll be pimping the movie out at the festival.