Casting directors and agents in New York City often advise wannabe actors to create their own projects.
That way, they can do the kind of work that they want to be doing.
Just ask John Turturro.
He wrote, directed and stars in Fading Gigolo, the story of a guy with money problems who, with the encouragement and salesmanship of a good friend — portrayed by Woody Allen — finds himself the hired lover of a group of lonely middle-aged women.
It’s a great cast: Sharon Stone, Sofia Vergara, Liev Schreiber, and in a star-making turn, Vanessa Paradis (better known as Johnny Depp’s long-time-but-not-so-much-anymore girlfriend).
The movie was very funny at times, and at other times, very serious and soulful. The changes in pacing and tone were unexpected and unexplained. I felt like I was watching two movies that didn’t quite gel, and there were jokes that flew over my goyish head that cracked up the rest of the art house crowd.
That being said, I enjoyed the individual performances and getting glimpses of my Upper West Side businesses and doorways in this very New York City film.
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Is Seth Rogen too ‘goofy’ to play Green Hornet?
Writer Michael Venture posed the question on TodayShow.com. If you’ve seen any trailers for Green Hornet, you’re probably wondering the same thing.
I didn’t read the comic books as a kid, but I’ve heard enough anecdotally to know his casting is a serious digression. Seth also co-wrote the film, which appears to take a more lighthearted approach to the source material to better suit his comic persona.
But is ‘goofiness’ really the issue here? I argue it’s more a question of intellect.
Case in point: Jonah Hill, who teamed with Russell Brand in the hilarious Get Him to the Greek, is a Seth Rogen-esque film comedian in looks and stature. Where I believe they differ is their perceived intelligence on screen.
Both can be as silly as all get out, but Jonah’s characters can be funny and smart. When Jonah gets out of whatever fix he’s in, it’s believable that he came up with the solution.
Seth, on the other hand, always seems a bit confused and dull-witted. His humor has a certain charm, but it is defined by his limited mental abilities — a quality which seems to inhabit every character he portrays.
I’m not saying Seth is stupid. I’m saying he plays stupid….every time.
A goofy Green Hornet is one thing. But a Green Hornet who is stupid? Who needs Cato because he can’t figure things out on his own?
Not so super.
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