Back in August, we broke the news that John Turturro wasn’t just reprising the role of Jesus Quintana, his bizarre, creepy, yet undeniably entertaining Big Lebowski character, but that he would do so in a remake of ‘70s French sex farce Going Places, which had already begun filming in secret. If you’re somehow still not convinced, here’s an official look at The Jesus himself. The proof, as they say, is in the purple:
Ah, it’s like greeting an old friend, if that friend happened to have been locked up for flashing minors. Like I said back in August, his penchant for bowling and for hairstyles that don’t exactly suit him is well intact, which is pretty important when resurrecting a character like The Jesus. For a clearer picture of where Going Places will go, check out the official synopsis:
“John Turturro plays Jesus Quintana in ‘Going Places,’ a film about a trio of misfits whose irreverent, sexually charged dynamic evolves into a surprising love story as their spontaneous and flippant attitude towards the past or future backfires time and again, even as they inadvertently perform good deeds. When they make enemies with a gun-toting hairdresser, their journey becomes one of constant escape from the law, from society and from the hairdresser, all while the bonds of their outsider family strengthen.”
In case you’re looking to fill in the blanks, per my earlier report the “trio” in question refers to Turturro’s Quintana and Bobby Cannavale’s Petey, filling in for the original’s Jean-Claude and Perriot, along with the equivalent of the Marie-Ange character played by Audrey Tautou. Susan Sarandon plays the “gun-toting hairdresser,” and the amazing Sonia Braga joins the cast as well (her nostalgia/corporate gentrification drama Aquarius is in theatres now), rounding off one hell of a who’s who for Jesus’ second coming.
There’s no release date for the film just yet, but we’ll keep you posted.