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Friday 19 September 2014

Turturro: Why Woody acted for me

Woody Allen acts in John Turturro's new film

John Turturro has revealed how he lured Woody Allen back in front of the camera for his new comedy Fading Gigolo.

Oscar-winning director Woody - who has cut back his acting work to small, occasional appearances in his own films - stars as a book shop owner who becomes a pimp by persuading his friend, played by John, that there is a fortune to be made in becoming a professional gigolo.

John, who is preparing to premiere the movie at the Toronto Film Festival, explained: "He wanted it to be a smart film.

"It's actually a delicate comedy. You can do a really broad comedy and sometimes they can sustain, but usually they run out of steam after 45 minutes."

Also premiering at the festival - among a strong line-up of hotly-tipped Oscars contenders - is romantic comedy Enough Said, one of the final films from James Gandolfini. He and Julia Louis-Dreyfus play divorced parents who meet at a party.

Writer and director Nicole Holofcener said: "It feels exciting and bittersweet.

"The whole release of the movie feels bittersweet to me because of Jim's death. If he was coming with us to promote the movie and to open it with Julia and myself, it would be an all-around happy experience."

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