John Turturro is an American treasure. Since 1980, when he made his uncredited film debut as Man at Webster Hall Table in Martin Scorsese’s Raging Bull, Turturro has shown off his elastic range in over 70 films. A favorite of movie masters like Spike Lee, the Coen Brothers, and yes, even Adam Sandler, Turturro is a born chameleon, able to exude pure menace in one film (Secret Window), and slapstick eccentricity in another (Mr. Deeds). But Turturro is also a gifted and passionate filmmaker. His 2005 comedy Romance & Cigarettes, which he wrote and directed, has achieved cult status, and he recently lured Woody Allen out of acting retirement with his script, Fading Gigolo, about two aging friends who enter the man-whore business.
Most recently, Turturro has been making the rounds promoting his documentary Passione, a personal and rhapsodic journey through the decaying streets of Naples, Italy. As our lively guide, the Sicilian-American Turturro introduces the audience to the diverse musical melting pot of street performers and artists that bring the city to life. In this exclusive video interview with BULLETT TV, Turturro explains the passion that led him to Passione, his work on the Transformers trilogy, and the differences between working with Adam Sandler and the Coen brothers.
Passione is currently on VOD.
Video by Nick Martin.