Susan Sarandon didn’t think The Big Lebowski spin-off would ever be made

Susan Sarandon thought John Turturro’s The Big Lebowski spin-off The Jesus Rolls was so “crazy” it would never be made.The actor originally played the scene-stealing bowler Jesus Quintana in the Coen Brothers’ crime comedy back in 1998, alongside Jeff …

Susan Sarandon thought John Turturro’s The Big Lebowski spin-off The Jesus Rolls was so “crazy” it would never be made.

The actor originally played the scene-stealing bowler Jesus Quintana in the Coen Brothers’ crime comedy back in 1998, alongside Jeff Bridges and John Goodman.

More than two decades later, the 63-year-old has reprised his iconic character for the movie spin-off, which is also a loose remake of Bertrand Blier’s 1974 film Going Places, as well as writing and directing his passion project.

During an interview on U.S. breakfast show Today, Sarandon, who plays former prisoner Jean, confessed she was stunned when she got the call from Turturro asking her to come to set to begin filming, as she thought his passion project was too ambitious to be given the green light.

“I said yes (to the job) thinking they would never get the money!” she quipped. “It was so crazy, the script, and so much was going on, and I was like, I love John, I’d do anything he asked me to do. I love Bobby (Cannavale, co-star), we’ve worked together before, I was like, ‘Yeah, sure, sure, sure – it’ll never happen!’ And it happened!”

And having her old friend behind the camera made the experience all the more fun for Sarandon, because she was already familiar with his shooting style, having previously collaborated on 1998’s Illuminata and 2005’s Romance & Cigarettes, which were both also written and directed by Turturro.

“John is very special, he creates an atmosphere that (makes) you feel very safe, you can throw out anything to try,” she explained. “It’s just fun, that’s the main thing, and you know he knows what he’s doing.”

The Jesus Rolls, also starring Audrey Tautou, Pete Davidson and Jon Hamm, is in U.S. cinemas from Friday.

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John Turturro to play crime boss in The Batman

John Turturro is to play crime boss Carmine Falcone in The Batman.The latest standalone film about the iconic DC Comics character already stars Robert Pattinson as the Caped Crusader, Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman, Paul Dano as The Riddler, Andy Serkis as Al…

John Turturro is to play crime boss Carmine Falcone in The Batman.

The latest standalone film about the iconic DC Comics character already stars Robert Pattinson as the Caped Crusader, Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman, Paul Dano as The Riddler, Andy Serkis as Alfred Pennyworth, and Jeffrey Wright as Commissioner Jim Gordon, while Colin Farrell is rumoured to be playing the Penguin.

Director Matt Reeves announced that The Night Of actor was joining the cast by making reference to Turturro’s performance in 1998 classic, The Big Lebowski, on Twitter.

“(Batman) I said,” Reeves tweeted, alongside a GIF of the actor as bowling ace Jesus Quintana saying, “You said it, man.”

Nicknamed The Roman in the DC Comics, Falcone is a crime boss who is an enemy of Batman’s, but a friend of his alter ego, Bruce Wayne.

In one comic, called The Long Halloween, Carmine Falcone’s father brings his injured son to Thomas Wayne’s mansion to be treated up after being shot, and fans have speculated that Reeves is following that particular story for his take on Gotham City’s crime-fighting superhero.

Oscar-nominated British actor Tom Wilkinson played Carmine Falcone in Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins back in 2005.

Reeves wrote the script with Mattson Tomlin, and has regular collaborator Michael Giacchino composing the score, as well as Greig Fraser serving as cinematographer.

Filming is due to begin in spring 2020 in London at Leavesden Studios, and is set to be released in June 2021.

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Julianne Moore uncomfortable filming nude sex scenes in Gloria Bell

Julianne Moore had to step out of her comfort zone to strip down for sex scenes in new film Gloria Bell. The veteran Oscar-winning actress stripped down to perform naked in a handful of scenes for the new drama, about a middle-aged woman who cuts loos…

Julianne Moore had to step out of her comfort zone to strip down for sex scenes in new film Gloria Bell.

The veteran Oscar-winning actress stripped down to perform naked in a handful of scenes for the new drama, about a middle-aged woman who cuts loose on the Los Angeles club scene and finds love, but disrobing to her birthday suit has never been easy for the star.

“Somebody asked me, ‘How do you become comfortable?’ And I’m like, ‘You don’t. Nobody’s comfortable,'” the 58-year-old beauty, who first revealed all onscreen in 1993 film Body of Evidence, tells USA Today. “(But) we were very sparing and very specific about it, just because we wanted to lend it a level of reality.

“If suddenly somebody’s sitting there all covered up at home, you’re sending a signal to my brain that this isn’t true and you’re taking (viewers) out of the story.”

Julianne was challenged even more by her character’s love of dancing to disco hits by the likes of Anita Ward and Earth, Wind & Fire.

“It’s terrifying, because I’m not a natural dancer,” she explains. “It’s way easier than I thought it was going to be (though).”

Julianne’s co-star, John Turturro, who is an expert salsa dancer, came to the rescue when she felt like she had two left feet.

“She was nervous, so I tried to work with her, which was also part of the (characters’) relationship a little bit,” he shares. “But someone like Julianne can allow herself to be open and vulnerable, and that’s fun.”

Gloria Bell will hit U.S. cinemas on Friday (08Mar19).

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