Culture

Woody Allen Is an Actor Again

Culture

Woody Allen Is an Actor Again

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It’s been quite some time since Woody Allen has been his old hilarious self. Yes, he’s had some recent success, but Midnight in Paris is not Annie Hall. Whether it has to do with personal developments, the changing comedic climate (that’s Phillip Roth‘s excuse), or the fact that he’s the most repetitive filmmaker on earth is not important. It’s just something his fans need to accept. But news of Allen’s latest project throws a spanner in the works. John Turturro‘s Fading Gigolo, a film about two gentlemen who start up an escort service in their twilight years, will star Turturro and Allen as the man-whores in question. Even more absurdly, the action takes place in the midst of a Hasidic community. If the thought of Turturro and Allen selling their bodies is a bit too beautifully ridiculous to be real, even more tantalizing is the thought of who on earth they’ll get to play the female (or with any luck, male) patrons of the establishment. If Allen’s own filmmaking has lost its spark, we can safely say that this project won’t fall flat. At best, we’ll get something to rival the opening scene of The Producers. At worst, a slightly more artistic version of a Rob Schneider film.