Toronto 2012: John Turturro Reveals How He Snagged Woody Allen for 'Fading Gigolo' (Video)

5:17 PM PST 09/08/2012 by THR Staff

A fateful haircut led the actor-director and the film legend to team up on the comedy about an aging male prostitute and his pimp.

The right haircut can go a long way in the movie business.

John Turturro shared that and other pieces of wisdom during a recent visit to The Hollywood Reporter’s video lounge at the Toronto International Film Festival.

The actor-director spoke about working with Woody Allen and revealed how he snagged the film legend for his upcoming comedy, Fading Gigolo.

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“I’ve always been a fan of Woody’s,” Turturro tells THR. “I blabbed it to my barber, who cuts his hair.“

The men's mutual barber ended up telling Allen the premise of Fading Gigolo, which features Turturro as an aging male escort and Allen as his pimp. Allen apparently liked the idea and agreed to join the project.

“I thought it would be a really interesting combination--him and I together,” Turturro says. “Sort of Midnight Cowboy meets Broadway Danny Rose. It’s this journey that these two guys get involved with and all the ramifications and trouble they get into.”

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In addition to Midnight Cowboy, Turturro says he took inspiration from staples of the escort genre, including McCabe & Mrs. Miller, Belle de Jour and Never on Sunday.

“A lot of classic films. Certainly for women, they’ve gotten great roles in that genre,” he says.

Fading Gigolo also stars Sharon Stone, Sofia Vergara and Vanessa Paradis. Turturro says the film should be ready in time for next year’s Venice and Toronto festivals.

Watch the video above.

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