Woody Allen Returns to Acting in John Turturro’s ‘Fading Gigolo’

Well, not entirely: First, he’ll appear in his own Nero Fiddled, which is out later this year. But Fading Gigolo will mark the first film Allen’s appeared in which he didn’t direct himself since 2000’s Picking Up The Pieces, making this his formal return to acting as an actor and only that. Him and John Turturro will play broke best friends who decide to become gigolos under the pseudonyms Virgil and Bongo, which of course leads to hijinks in the Hasidic Jewish community they call home. Sharon Stone and Sofia Vergara are also in talks to star, with production slated to begin in April.

Allen just picked up a Best Original Screenplay Oscar for Midnight in Paris, so it makes sense that he’s giving himself a little breather to have some fun by acting in a friend’s film. No word on the personality types that him and Turturro will play, but my educated guess is that he’ll be a slightly nebbish, neurotic Jew.

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