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John Michael Turturro net worth:
$24 Million

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Birth date: February 28, 1957
Birth place: Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
Height:6' 0½" (1.84 m)
Profession:Actor
Education:Yale School of Drama, State University of New York at New Paltz, Yale University
Nationality:American
Spouse:Katherine Borowitz
Children:Amedeo Turturro, Diego Turturro
Parents:Nicholas Turturro, Sr., Katherine Turturro
Siblings:Nicholas Turturro
Awards:Cannes Best Actor Award, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series, David di Donatello for Best Foreign Actor, Gotham Independent Film Tribute Award, Obie Award for Performance
Nominations:Palme d'Or, Golden Lion, Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture, Grand Jury Prize, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie, MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Duo, Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature, Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead, Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television, Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Ensemble Performance, Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male, Bodil Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor, Best Screenplay Award, Independent Spirit Award for Best Director, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play, Silver Lion for Best Director
Movies:The Big Lebowski, Fading Gigolo, Barton Fink, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Do the Right Thing, Quiz Show, You Don't Mess with the Zohan, Miller's Crossing, Romance & Cigarettes, Mr. Deeds, Secret Window, Mia Madre, Exodus: Gods and Kings, Rounders, The Taking of Pelham 123, Anger Management, Clockers, Jungle Fever, The Good Shepherd, God's Pocket, Cars 2, The Color of Money, Box of Moonlight, Miracle at St. Anna, To Live and Die in L.A., The Luzhin Defence, Illuminata, Grace of My Heart, Margot at the Wedding, Mo' Better Blues, Five Corners, Passione, She Hate Me, The Nutcracker in 3D, Collateral Damage, Fear X, Hannah and Her Sisters, Going Places, Hands of Stone, Brain Donors, Thirteen Conversations About One Thing, Men of Respect, He Got Game, What Just Happened, The Man Who Cried, Monkeybone, Unstrung Heroes, State of Grace, Cradle Will Rock, Company Man, The Truce
TV shows:The Night Of, The Fortunate Pilgrim, The Bronx Is Burning

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John Turturro is an American celebrity, writer and director with a net worth of $24 million. John Turturro was born February 28, 1957 in Brooklyn, NY. He’s appeared in over sixty movies and has worked often together with the Coen brothers, Adam Sandler and Spike Lee. Turturro became the go to man for explosive, complicated characters. Due to his distinctive but indistinguishable look, the Yale Drama School graduate could play a variety of ethnic characters, giving him the chance to incorporate more depth to film’s historically two dimensional Italians, Jews and Latinos.

John Turturro Net Worth $24 Million Dollars

While Turturro made his house in independent film, he enjoyed commercial success at the same time. Meanwhile, as a writer and director, Turturro helmed three first films, including his ode to ’50s working class Queens, Mac (1992) and an homage to turn of the century Italian theatre, Illuminata (1999). The cast comprised Julie Kavner, Marlo Thomas, Mark Linn-Baker and Steve Guttenberg. Turturro’s brother is celebrity Nicholas Turturro; artist Ralph Turturro, composer and film director Richard Termini and celebrity Aida Turturro are his cousins, and his wife is celebrity Katherine Borowitz.


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Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Transformers: The Last Knight2017post-productionAgent Simmons
Landline2017post-productionAlan
Going PlacesfilmingJesus Quintana
The Night Of2016TV Mini-SeriesJohn Stone Jack Stone
Hands of Stone2016Frankie Carbo
The Ridiculous 62015Abner Doubleday
Mia madre2015Barry Huggins
Tempo instabile con probabili schiarite2015Ingegner Lombelli
Exodus: Gods and Kings2014Seti
Rio, I Love You2014Homem (segment "Quando não há Mais Amor")
God's Pocket2014Arthur 'Bird' Capezio
Gods Behaving Badly2013Hades
Fading Gigolo2013Fioravante
In the Shadow of No Towers2011Narrator (voice)
Somewhere Tonight2011Leroy
Transformers: Dark of the Moon2011Simmons
Cars 2: The Video Game2011Video GameFrancesco Bernoulli (voice)
Cars 22011Francesco Bernoulli (voice)
The Nutcracker in 3D2010The Rat King
Prove per una tragedia siciliana2009
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen2009Simmons
The Taking of Pelham 1 2 32009Camonetti
Miracle at St. Anna2008Detective Antonio 'Tony' Ricci
Monk2004-2008TV SeriesAmbrose Monk
You Don't Mess with the Zohan2008Phantom
What Just Happened2008Dick Bell
Christmas Story2007Iisakki (English version, voice)
Margot at the Wedding2007Jim
The Bronx Is Burning2007TV Mini-SeriesBilly Martin
Flight of the Conchords2007TV SeriesCredits Cop
Transformers2007Agent Simmons
Slipstream2007Harvey Brickman
The Good Shepherd2006Ray Brocco
Quelques jours en septembre2006William Pound
Romance & Cigarettes2005Male Dancer & Singer
The Moon and the Son: An Imagined Conversation2005ShortSon (voice)
Secret Passage2004Paolo Zane
She Hate Me2004Don Angelo Bonasera
2BPerfectlyHonest2004Sal / Roberto
Secret Window2004John Shooter
Opopomoz2003Voice
Ore 2: Calma piatta2003ShortAndrea
Anger Management2003Chuck
Fear X2003Harry
Frasier2002TV SeriesGrant
Mr. Deeds2002Emilio Lopez
Collateral Damage2002Sean Armstrong
Monday Night Mayhem2002TV MovieHoward Cosell
Thirteen Conversations About One Thing2001Walker
Biography2001TV Series documentaryNarrator
Monkeybone2001Monkeybone (voice)
The Man Who Cried2000Dante Dominio
The Luzhin Defence2000Aleksandr Ivanovich 'Sascha' Luzhin
Two Thousand and None2000Benjamin Kasparian
O Brother, Where Art Thou?2000Pete Hogwallop
Company Man2000Crocker Johnson
Summer of Sam1999Harvey the Black Dog (voice)
Cradle Will Rock1999Aldo Silvano
Rounders1998Joey Knish
Illuminata1998Tuccio
He Got Game1998Coach Billy Sunday
O.K. Garage1998Johnny Candellano
The Big Lebowski1998Jesus Quintana
Animals with the Tollkeeper1998Tuxedo Man
Lesser Prophets1997Leon
The Truce1997Primo Levi
Grace of My Heart1996Joel Millner
Box of Moon Light1996Al Fountain
Girl 61996Murray - the Agent
Sugartime1995TV MovieSam Giancana
Unstrung Heroes1995Sid Lidz
Clockers1995Det. Larry Mazilli
Search and Destroy1995Ron
The Search for One-eye Jimmy1994Disco Bean
Quiz Show1994Herbie Stempel
Being Human1994Lucinnius
Fearless1993Dr. Bill Perlman
Mac1992Niccolo (Mac) Vitelli
Brain Donors1992Roland T. Flakfizer
Barton Fink1991Barton Fink
Jungle Fever1991Paulie Carbone
Men of Respect1990Mike Battaglia
Miller's Crossing1990Bernie Bernbaum
State of Grace1990Nick
Mo' Better Blues1990Moe Flatbush
Catchfire1990Pinella
Do the Right Thing1989Pino
The Fortunate Pilgrim1988TV Mini-SeriesLarry
The Sicilian1987Pisciotta
Five Corners1987Heinz
The Color of Money1986Julian
Off Beat1986Neil Pepper
Gung Ho1986Willie
Hannah and Her Sisters1986Writer
To Live and Die in L.A.1985Carl Cody
Desperately Seeking Susan1985Ray
Miami Vice1985TV SeriesDavid Traynor
The Flamingo Kid1984Ted from Pinky's
Exterminator 21984Guy #1
Raging Bull1980Man at Webster Hall Table (uncredited)

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Going Placesfilming
Rio, I Love You2014written by - segment "Quando não há Mais Amor"
Fading Gigolo2013written by
Prove per una tragedia siciliana2009
Romance & Cigarettes2005written by
Heaven Touches Brooklyn in July2001Documentary narration
Illuminata1998screenplay
Mac1992written by

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Going Placesfilming
Rio, I Love You2014segment "Quando não há Mais Amor"
Fading Gigolo2013
Passione2010
Romance & Cigarettes2005
Illuminata1998
Mac1992

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Prove per una tragedia siciliana2009executive producer
Beyond Wiseguys: Italian Americans & the Movies2008Documentary executive producer
Romance & Cigarettes2005producer
Illuminata1998producer

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Monkeybone2001performer: "I Wanna Be Loved by You", "The Whistling Booty Train"
O Brother, Where Art Thou?2000performer: "You Are My Sunshine" 1940
The Nutcracker in 3D2010performer: "The Rat King's Song", "Ratification"
Passione2010performer: "CARAVAN PETROL FILM MIX"

Editor

Editor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Nick the Doorman2012TV Movie

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Passione2010choreographer - as Giu

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
My Buddy Jack2003Video documentary short special thanks
Skull Session: The Making of 'Anger Management'2003Video documentary short special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert2016TV SeriesHimself - Surprise Appearance / Himself
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon2016TV SeriesHimself
The New Yorker Presents2016TV Series documentaryPatient
Cinema 32015-2016TV SeriesHimself
Días de cine2016TV SeriesHimself
Le grand journal de Canal+2014-2015TV Series documentaryHimself
Le Conversazioni, Close Up2015TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Park Bench with Steve Buscemi2015TV SeriesHimself
Talk Stoop with Cat Greenleaf2015TV SeriesHimself
Keepers of the Covenant: Making Exodus - Gods and Kings2015Video documentaryHimself
Senza Lucio2014DocumentaryHimself
Last Call with Carson Daly2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Sidewalks Entertainment2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Insider2014TV SeriesHimself
Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me2013DocumentaryHimself
Real Time with Bill Maher2011TV SeriesHimself
Big Morning Buzz Live2011TV SeriesHimself
The Big Lebowski Live Cast Reunion2011TV MovieHimself
Lost Bohemia2010DocumentaryHimself
Passione2010Himself
Che tempo che fa2009TV SeriesHimself
No Time to Lose: The Making of 'Pelham 123'2009Video documentary shortHimself
The Human Factor: Exacting Revenge of the Fallen2009Video documentaryHimself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan2007-2009TV SeriesHimself
Xposé2009TV SeriesHimself
Canada A.M.2009TV SeriesHimself
The Godfather vs. The Godfather Part II2008Video documentary shortHimself
The Masterpiece That Almost Wasn't2008Video documentary shortHimself
Dreaming Slipstream Dream2008Video documentary shortHimself
Caiga quien caiga2008TV SeriesHimself
Beyond Wiseguys: Italian Americans & the Movies2008DocumentaryHimself
Tavis Smiley2007TV SeriesHimself
Our World2007Video documentaryHimself
HBO First Look2007TV Series documentaryHimself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2007TV SeriesHimself
The 61st Annual Tony Awards2007TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Leading Actor in a Play
Brando2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
De Niro: A Self Portrait2007TV Short documentaryHimself
Diario di viaggio con fantasmi2006DocumentaryHimself
Sacco and Vanzetti2006DocumentaryVanzetti (voice)
HARDtalk Extra2006TV SeriesHimself
Corazón de...2005TV SeriesHimself
Q/A: Fear X2005TV Short documentaryHimself
The 56th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards2004TV SpecialHimself - Co-Presenter: Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series
Secret Window: A Look Through It2004Video documentary shortHimself
Secret Window: From Book to Film2004Video documentary shortHimself
Il cineasta e il labirinto2004DocumentaryHimself
Skull Session: The Making of 'Anger Management'2003Video documentary shortHimself
Spike Lee's '25th Hour': The Evolution of an American Filmmaker2003Video documentary shortHimself
Charlie Rose1998-2003TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Beyond the Skyline2003ShortHimself
Tusind former for frygt2003TV Movie documentaryHimself - Actor
IFP Gotham Awards 20022002TV SpecialHost
Rosy-Fingered Dawn: a Film on Terrence Malick2002DocumentaryHimself
Comedy Central Canned Ham2002TV SeriesHimself
Hollywood Greats2002TV Series documentaryHimself
New York at the Movies2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
Heaven Touches Brooklyn in July2001DocumentaryNarrator
Bravo Profiles2001TV Series documentaryHimself
The Rosie O'Donnell Show1996-2000TV SeriesHimself
The N.Y. Friars Club Roast of Rob Reiner2000TV MovieHimself
Mother-Tongue: Italian American Sons & Mothers1999TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Source: The Story of the Beats and the Beat Generation1999DocumentaryAllen Ginsberg
Signé croisette1998TV SeriesHimself
Split Screen1997TV SeriesHimself
Late Show with David Letterman1995-1997TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1996TV SeriesHimself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1994-1996TV SeriesHimself
The 67th Annual Academy Awards1995TV SpecialHimself - 'Cabin Boy' Audition Reel (pre-recorded) (uncredited)
Moving Pictures1995TV Series documentaryHimself
The 52nd Annual Golden Globe Awards1995TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Saturday Night Live1994TV SeriesHimself - Host / Various
Baseball1994TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself / Various
Late Night with David Letterman1991-1993TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
The Dick Cavett Show1991TV SeriesHimself / Barton Fink from film BARTON FINK
Making 'Do the Right Thing'1989TV Movie documentaryHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Monk2009TV SeriesAmbrose Monk
Banda sonora2007TV SeriesBarton Fink
Hubert Selby Jr: It/ll Be Better Tomorrow2005Documentary
Cinema mil2005TV SeriesHimself
Broadway: The American Musical2004TV Mini-Series documentaryAldo Silvano
HBO First Look2002TV Series documentaryHimself
Gomorron1998TV SeriesHimself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2014Audience AwardMiami Film FestivalBest FeatureFading Gigolo (2013)
2014Audience AwardMiami Film FestivalWorld CompetitionFading Gigolo (2013)
2013Special AwardCamerimageActor-Director
2011Festival President's AwardKarlovy Vary International Film Festival
2010Capri Cult AwardCapri, HollywoodPassione (2010)
2010Award of the City of RomeVenice Film FestivalBest FilmPassione (2010)
2007Silver Berlin BearBerlin International Film FestivalOutstanding Artistic ContributionThe Good Shepherd (2006)· John Sessions
· Oleg Shtefanko
· Martina Gedeck
· Michael Gambon
· Keir Dullea
· Eddie Redmayne
· Mark Ivanir
· Timothy Hutton
· Joe Pesci
· Robert De Niro
· Lee Pace
· Matt Damon
· Gabriel Macht
· Alec Baldwin
· Angelina Jolie
· Billy Crudup
· William Hurt
· Tammy Blanchard
2006Chateuneuf-du-Pape Cinema AwardAvignon/New York Film Festival
2004Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy SeriesMonk (2002)
2003FFCC AwardFlorida Film Critics Circle AwardsBest Ensemble CastThirteen Conversations About One Thing (2001)· Alan Arkin
· Alex Burns
· David Connolly
· Richard Council
· Clea DuVall
· Shawn Elliott
· Frankie Faison
· Malcolm Gets
· Peggy Gormley
· Amy Irving
· Walt MacPherson
· Matthew McConaughey
· James Murtaugh
· Barbara Sukowa
· Tia Texada
· William Wise
2003Charles Chaplin AwardWine Country Film Festival
2001Independent Career Achievement AwardVideo Software Dealers Association
2000FIPRESCI Prize - Special MentionTaormina International Film FestivalTwo Thousand and None (2000)· Arto Paragamian (director)
1992Golden CameraCannes Film FestivalMac (1992)
1992DavidDavid di Donatello AwardsBest Foreign Actor (Migliore Attore Straniero)Barton Fink (1991)
1992Tribute to Independent Vision AwardSundance Film Festival
1991Best ActorCannes Film FestivalBarton Fink (1991)
1991Actor AwardGotham Awards

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2008ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or MiniseriesThe Bronx Is Burning (2007)
2007Gotham Independent Film AwardGotham AwardsBest Ensemble PerformanceMargot at the Wedding (2007)· Jack Black
· Flora Cross
· Ciarán Hinds
· Nicole Kidman
· Jennifer Jason Leigh
· Zane Pais
2006Chainsaw AwardFangoria Chainsaw AwardsBest ActorFear X (2003)
2005Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Supporting ActorSecret Window (2004)
2005Golden LionVenice Film FestivalRomance & Cigarettes (2005)
2004BodilBodil AwardsBest Actor (Bedste mandlige hovedrolle)Fear X (2003)
2004Gold Derby TV AwardGold Derby AwardsComedy Guest ActorMonk (2002)
2004OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Guest Actor in a Comedy SeriesMonk (2002)
2003ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or MiniseriesMonday Night Mayhem (2002)
2001MTV Movie AwardMTV Movie AwardsBest On-Screen TeamO Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)· George Clooney
· Tim Blake Nelson
1998Palme d'OrCannes Film FestivalIlluminata (1998)
1998Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest Male LeadBox of Moon Light (1996)
1997Chlotrudis AwardChlotrudis AwardsBest Supporting ActorGrace of My Heart (1996)
1995Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion PictureQuiz Show (1994)
1995CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest Supporting ActorQuiz Show (1994)
1995Chlotrudis AwardChlotrudis AwardsBest Supporting ActorQuiz Show (1994)
1995ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting RoleQuiz Show (1994)
1994Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest First FeatureMac (1992)· Brenda Goodman (producer)
· Nancy Tenenbaum (producer)
1994Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest DirectorMac (1992)
1992CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActorBarton Fink (1991)
1989Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest Supporting MaleFive Corners (1987)

3rd place awards

3rd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1991NSFC AwardNational Society of Film Critics Awards, USABest Supporting ActorMiller's Crossing (1990)
1990NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest Supporting ActorMiller's Crossing (1990)


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#Fact
1John Turturro speaks fluent Italian, as amply demonstrated by his role in Mia madre (2015).
2As of 2014, has appeared in three films that were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar: Raging Bull (1980), Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) and Quiz Show (1994).
3Now appearing in Yasmina Reza's play, Life (x) 3 at the Circle in the Square theatre. [March 2003]
4Well known to New York audiences, in 1985 he won both a Theatre World Award and an Obie for his frighteningly real performance in 'Danny and the Deep Blue Sea.'.
5Appears in The Communards video clip "I never can say goodbye".
6Does an accurate impression of Burt Lancaster.
7Has starred in six movies with his former acting professor from SUNY New Paltz, Joe Paparone. In the film Mac (1992), he plays his deceased father.
8Based his character Bernie Bernbaum in Miller's Crossing (1990) on the real- life personae of Director Barry Sonnenfeld (Get Shorty (1995), Men in Black (1997)), the film's cinematographer.
9Sicilian mother was a professional singer.
10Is the second of three brothers.
11Has his own production company called Humperdink Productions.
12Is a big fan of Big Trouble in Little China (1986).
13A native of Brooklyn.
14Graduated from Yale Drama School.
15Has appeared in more films directed by Spike Lee than any other actor. They first worked together in Do the Right Thing (1989) and as of Miracle at St. Anna (2008) has appeared in nine of Lee's films.
16Son, Diego Z. Turturro, was born in 2000.
17Son, Amedeo Turturro, was born in 1990.
18The Turturro family originates from Sicily, Italy.
19Graduated from the State University of New York at New Paltz.
20Cousin of Aida Turturro.
21Older brother of Nicholas Turturro and Ralph Turturro.

#Quote
1Let's face it. The watercooler conversation is about what's on television.
2At the end of the day, your job is to keep people awake. That's your job. And then tell a story - if people like it, that's what they remember. I've made movies that people love that never won anything, and they discovered later on, and that's a joy. That's what I always aspire towards. I always wanted to make a living doing interesting things.
3[2015 interview] Earlier on in my life, I worked with William Friedkin and Michael Cimino - that was a different world. Cocaine-driven, brutal, actors being handled different ways. It wasn't very gentle, and I didn't really like that. But I learned a lot; I leaned to speak up for myself.
4I don't need to get the girl. I have the girl - I'm happily married.
5Barton Fink is a guy who lives in his head; he's not a physical guy, so that's a very different kind of thing for me. I see him as a guy full of himself at the beginning and, by the end, he's heading toward something more real. He'll be capable of more direct communication with someone. It's simplicity as an end result, rather than as a starting point. That's when you start to know something, versus pontificating about it.
6[In a 1991 interview] My original goal was to just make a living. I've been fortunate. Now I'm trying to build on what I've done and try not to repeat myself.
7[2011, on being directed by Dennis Hopper in Catchfire (1990)] Hopper, you'd ask him a question, and he would rebel against himself, like, "Do whatever you wanna do! Whatever, man! Fuck 'em! Fuck 'em!" I was like, "But you're the director!" He'd be arguing with himself so you could have freedom. He liked to say "fuck" a lot. That was one of his directions: "fuck". But he'd say it in all different ways, like, "You fucking do this, and then you fuck it, man! And just fuck it! Fuck it, man! Just fucking fuck it!" I remember Joe Pesci turned to me and said, "Man, that's directing". But I got along with him really well. Every time I'd come up with an idea, it'd be, "Just fucking do it!" And I'd say, "Yeah, but I gotta check with you right? You're the director". And he'd just go, "Fuck 'em!" It was pretty crazy.
8(2011, on his heritage) My background is southern Italian, but there's probably some French and Spanish in there. There could be some northern African, Greek, Turkish, you know. Everybody's in there.
9[2011, on The Truce (1997) (aka The Truce)] That was a great experience working with Francesco Rosi, who's been a dear friend of mine for a long time. I spent years working on that, just reading all the material over and over and over again. It was like studying someone, like if you went to college and you were studying a certain kind of literature, even though I was doing a lot of other things at the same time. It was one of the great experiences of my life, working with Rosi, because he's made films and worked with Gian Maria Volontè, who I think was one of the great actors. Those are the things that I always wanted to do and to be involved in. To work on an adaptation of a great writer with a great director was a really special experience for me.
10[2011, on making Monkeybone (2001)] All I can say is that it was very hard to get my voice that high. It was hard. It was definitely hard. But I think he's a very talented guy, Henry Selick. I couldn't figure out why he wanted me, but he was very patient with me.
11[2011, on working with Robert Redford on Quiz Show (1994)] Excellent. Excellent. Very good with physical behavior. We got along because I was cast way before anybody, and we worked really well together. He's a funny man. He's eccentric in his own way. Nobody knows that. But I do. He's got his own kind of off-humor. I really like him a lot. That's another person I wish I could work with again.
12[2011, on being directed by Robert De Niro in The Good Shepherd (2006)] He likes to do it a lot of times. A lot of times. He's good with physical stuff, too. But he likes to do a lot of takes. A lot of 'em. Sometimes, I would say, "Listen, that's it, I did it. I did it. Let's move on". But his thing is just that maybe if you do it more, you realize that you could do less. But we've known each other for a long time, and we have a nice relationship. I can fool around with him. A lot of people don't. But I do.
13[2011, on working with Adam Sandler] Anger Management (2003) I kind of did - not as a favor, but he wanted me because I think it made Jack Nicholson feel good that I was in the movie. I wasn't crazy about that role, but I had fun doing it. Then [You Don't Mess with the Zohan (2008)] Zohan was something Adam was talking to me about for years. I actually think the first hour of "Zohan", there's a lot of really funny things in the first hour. I don't think the second hour is good. But the first hour, I think Adam is really, really good in it. I actually think he can be really good. I saw him do that Judd Apatow film [Funny People (2009)], and maybe it's a little close to home or whatever, but I thought he was excellent. So I like Adam, but I have to balance these things, you know what I mean? Years ago, I did a movie called Brain Donors (1992), which was like a remake of A Night at the Opera (1935). The Zucker Brothers did it, I got cast in it, and then Paramount changed hands three times. Dennis Dugan directed it, who's the same guy who does a lot of [Sandler's] movies. If that movie would have just been released normally, I probably would have had to make a bunch of those sequels, because I signed up for that. That's one of the funniest parts I've had in movies, by the way. It was a farce, but there's a lot of really fun and clever things in that. But it depends what hits, or how it's released, or whatever. But Adam, I've known him since I did Saturday Night Live (1975). I think of all the things I did with him, I had the most fun doing Mr. Deeds (2002). I felt like that was the most complete thing I've done for him, as of yet. So I don't know. But now I'm feeling like I want to try to do some things that I want to do, even though the marketplace is crazy. So I'm trying to figure that out.
14[2011, on Five Corners (1987)] Well, that's a great part. John Patrick Shanley wrote it. The movie's maybe a little uneven here or there, but there's a lot of good things in the movie, and it's a great part. The movie didn't get a lot of attention, but yeah, thank goodness enough people saw me in the movie, and it was a great role. It's still one of the better roles I've had. Absolutely. It's a really good part. It's hard to find. I wish I would have gotten to do more with John, because he could write for me really well, and he really fought for me to get that. That movie really helped me with filmmakers. I think if the movie would have done well, I would have gotten a lot more.
15[2011, on Grace of My Heart (1996)] I loved, loved doing that movie. I would put that part as one of the more successful parts I've ever played in a movie. I loved playing that role. I loved what the movie was about. I really liked working with Illeana Douglas, and I loved working with Allison Anders. I really regret that I haven't gotten to work with her again. I had a blast doing that movie. I met a guy who I based my speech pattern on - a guy who was in the music business, but he wasn't a music manager. I interviewed all these guys, and I found this one guy through a friend of mine, and he was just the key to the whole thing. Because it was well-written, but I was just trying to do something a little bit different, you know? And I basically did him in the movie. I really loved doing that movie. It's all about a lot of the music from when I was a little kid.
16(2011, on his hair) Well, they said in Newsweek years ago that "John Turturro is to hair what Meryl Streep is to accents", or something like that. That was for Barton Fink (1991). It's funny, because my hair is really not that malleable, but I have done lots of crazy haircuts and had my hair straightened and this and that. I've also worn some wigs, and [Grace of My Heart (1996)] was actually a wig that I'd had made for another movie, Search and Destroy (1995). We remodeled it and, because it was long, we turned it up. That was a great job by the wig makers, the stylists. We used it long, short. So yes, hair is very important. Look at Donald Trump. Where would he be without his hair? Don King and Donald Trump are the prime examples. They've got the crowns.
17[2011, on The Nutcracker in 3D (2010) ] That was a whole huge makeup job. That was an interesting experience. I'm kind of disappointed that the movie got chopped up a little bit, here and there. They didn't know what to do with it. I think when they originally tested it, boys liked it better than girls. It was a little too dark. But it was a really fun role, and I loved working with Elle Fanning and Andrey Konchalovskiy. He was a taskmaster, and we butted heads many days, but I still think he's a very talented guy. I was happy with what I did in the movie, but I think, originally, it was better. And we didn't shoot it in 3-D. That was something definitely disappointing for me because I felt like I was in the realm of doing something interesting.
18I didn't want to be an actor who played Italian thugs. I'm not even interested in those guys really, unless it's a great part. And I knew that movies were predicated on how you look. But a few people gave me the opportunities to do other things, and I just took it and ran with it.
19I mean usually with movies, if you're dark, you're a bad guy. That's it. I turned down a million bad guy things.

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1Frequently works with Spike Lee, Joel Coen and Ethan Coen.

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