Weekend Humor: Turturro on Playing “The Jesus”

The Coen Brothers film, The Big Lebowski is easily one of my favorite all-time comedies. Most “movie people” I know can’t get enough of it. I find it astonishing that the movie has developed such an enormous, devoted following over the years — complete with “Lebowski Conventions” that have appeared across the country. And though the film stars Jeff Bridges (by Law, I have to say how awesome he is), John Goodman, Julianne Moore, and Steve Buscemi — it is the cameo appearance by the brilliantly versatile John Turturro as master bowler, Jesus Quintana who absolutely steals the show for me.

Turturro has been one of Hollywood’s most underrated actors for some time now, delivering sensational performances in films like Barton Fink, Miller’s Crossing, Quiz Show, Unstrung Heroes, and the seldom seen Mac. It is a shame that he has gone completely unnoticed by the Academy, garnering zero nominations in his illustrious career. But it is Turturro’s immense talent and imagination that turns about 8 minutes of polyester-clad screentime into something much more memorable. In this short video, Mr. Turturro discusses how the character was created and how he went about approaching this iconic, alley-dancing intimidator. It’s very funny and surely, worth watching for any fan of the film. And always remember…

Nobody fucks with the Jesus!

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12 Responses to Weekend Humor: Turturro on Playing “The Jesus”

  1. Heather says:

    No one fucks with the Jesus! Hahahaha………..love The Big Lebowski

    And I love the new look of the site. It’s brighter and easy to read and I dig it big time man!

  2. Tracey says:

    I want to see the Jesus driving a school bus.

  3. Phil says:

    I guess when a publication called Financial Times starts writing movie reviews, you get hyperbolic quotes like, “The best Hitchcock film Hitchcock never directed.” What a joke!

  4. John says:

    Did you see this when it was up (before it was taken down and apparently published as a book)?

    http://www.runleiarun.com/lebowski/

    It was one of my all-time favorite internet things ever. A sample:

    To thrash thee soundly at the fair tourney.

    THE KNAVE
    Yea, well, that be, forsooth, thy opinion, sir.

    QUINCE
    Well; but be forewarn’d. It reach’d mine ears
    That combustible Walter, o’ercome with rage
    Did shed good sense, and raise his sword in play.
    I fear not such jade’s tricks, an seeing ill,
    Would snatch the burden from the jealous knight
    And pierce his gizzard with the wrongful steel,
    Points up, as said of Coriolanus.

    THE KNAVE
    Zounds!

    QUINCE
    Thou speakest rightly, sir. No man misdeals with Joshua Quince, by Jesu.

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