How can anyone who has seen the Coen Brother's The Big Lebowski forget John Turturro's character Jesus? He is The Dude's arch nemesis on the bowling alley, and he was quite the funny character. The guy is nuts, and John Goodman's high strung Walter Sobchak character described him perfectly in the film when he said:
"He's a sex offender with a record. He did six months in Chino for exposing himself to an 8-year-old. When he moved to Hollywood he had to go door-to-door to tell everyone he was a pederast."
Turns out that Turturro wants to make a spin-off film based around this vulgarly confident, purple tracksuit wearing character! Last year, Ethan Coen said that Turturro pitched him the idea, but it wasn't something they were planning on making. Turturro has become a pretty decent filmmaker himself over the years, so if he wanted to direct it himself, I'm sure he could pull it off.
Turturro recently talked about the project at the Taormina Film Festival, and he says that he hopes to shoot it as early as next year. He then added, "If I can get the permission I need, I'd really like to return to that role."
It would definitely make for a very interesting movie. I would love to see it happen. I included a video interview below of the actor with Q with Jian Ghomeshi discussing his crazy character. He talks about being able to go "really far out" and said he would have to calibrate that character accordingly if the character was going to have more screen time.
There's no information on what the plot of his film would be, but one thing we know for sure is, "Nobody f**ks with the Jesus."
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