In a fascinating bit of news to emerge from the Taormina Film Festival in Sicily, actor John Turturro says he wants to reprise his character from cult classic The Big Lebowski – and is apparently trying to get a spin-off movie made.
Turturro, who is also a well-respected screenwriter and director, told fans at the weekend that he’s keen to stride out as flamboyant bowler Jesus once more.
“If I can get the permission I need, I’d like to return to that role,” he announced, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
A minor villain in the Coen Brothers’ much-loved comedy caper, Jesus was an unpleasant and cocky rival to the main characters’ bowling team: referring to himself arrogantly in the third person, and a suspected sex offender to boot.
Whether Turturro will get to don that purple outfit and headband again is not certain, but it’s a fascinating prospect more than 15 years on – particularly given how funny his supporting character proved on screen.
Released in 1998 to critical acclaim, The Big Lebowski was a modest box office success before gradually becoming a cult sensation with audiences.
The movie now even has its own celebratory festival, which was hosted by the Dude himself, Jeff Bridges, back in April.