As we know, John Turturro is reviving his Jesus Quintana character from the Coen Brothers’ “The Big Lebowski” in the upcoming “Going Places” which Turturro himself is directing.
As the character was made for ‘Lebowski,’ he had to get the Coens’ blessing to use it and today has spoken with Screen Daily about the return of the character which wasn’t the initial plan.
Turturro initially set out to do a straight remake of Bertrand Blier’s 1974 French film “Les valseuses,” but reveals as he as writing it he realised the Jesus character would be a perfect fit. He then took the idea to the Coens who loved it:
“I was calling him JC, and it reminded me of this character I’d done in a play many, many years ago that had inspired Joel and Ethan [Coen] to write the character of Jesus Quintana. So I thought,’Wow! We’ve talked about doing something with Jesus Quintana but it was always silly.’ I started playing around with it and I thought we could be on to something with his irony and the irreverence of the character.”
[My idea] kind of blew their [the Coens] minds. They thought it was a great idea and told me, ‘We’ve taken a character inspired from a stage play and now you want to put him in a movie which is a French movie, which was inspired by American road movies.’ You see his past, how he thinks, and there’ll be a lot of surprises. He still has his robust side to him, but without giving away the movie, he’s not walking around like this angry guy – he wants to enjoy life a bit.”
Turturro promises the film will give the character a greater complexity than we saw in the 1998 film. Bobby Cannavale, Audrey Tautou, and Susan Sarandon co-star in the film which has already wrapped shooting and is now in the midst of editing. No distribution deal has yet been made.