‘Big Lebowski’ Spinoff: First Look at John Turturro Bowling in ‘Going Places’

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John Turturro is back as the iconic bowler Jesus Quintana in a first look photo from “Going Places,” the spinoff from the Coen Brothers’ “The Big Lebowski.”

Turturro is directing, starring and wrote the screenplay, inspired by the 1974 French film “Going Places,” which stars Miou-Miou, Gérard Depardieu and Patrick Dewaere. It was directed by and based on the novel by Bertrand Blier.

Turturro is bringing back his Quintana character from 1998’s “The Big Lebowski,” in which Quintana is a loud-mouth opponent of the bowling league team that includes the characters played by Jeff Bridges, John Goodman and Steve Buscemi. The Quintana character spoke with a thick accent, danced backwards and referred to himself as “the Jesus.”

Turturro began shooting the film in New York in August.

As with the French film “Les Valseuses,” (the French title is slang for “the testicles”) Turturro’s version follows a trio of misfits whose irreverent, sexually charged dynamic evolves into a love story as their spontaneous and flippant attitude backfires time and again. When they make enemies with a gun-toting hairdresser, their journey becomes one of constant escape.

The dramatic comedy also stars Bobby Cannavale, Audrey Tautou and Susan Sarandon. Producers are Sidney Kimmel, John Penotti, Robert Salerno, Fernando Sulichin, and Paul-Dominique Vacharasinthu.

Cornerstone is launching international sales at the American Film Market, which opens Nov. 2.

(Credit: Atsushi Nishijima)

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  1. frank deniro says:

    What does the Coen Brothers’ shaggy-dog cult classic “The Big Lebowski” have to do with Bertrand Blier’s anarchic comic masterpiece “Going Places”? I’m totally confused by Turturro’s intentions here, and I very much like him as both an actor and director. Hope the finished result is less incoherent than this mini-article makes it sound.

  2. Mark says:

    I really like John Turturro and the Jesus Quintana character from The Big Lebowski was funny, but he was also a child molester, who wants to see a comedy centered around a child molester?

    • everlastingphelps says:

      First, Walter is the only source of the info that Quintana was a pederast, and Walter is ALWAYS wrong. (The dog wasn’t a pomeranian, Smokey wasn’t over the line, Bunny didn’t kidnap herself, and the Big Lebowski didn’t walk.)

      Even then, Walter says that he got got “exposing himself to an 8 year old.” There’s lots of people on the sex offender list for less-than-molestation crimes like getting caught peeing in an alley while drunk (indecent exposure.)

    • Man who worked on Going Places says:

      Actually the movie deals with and provides backstory as to why he is a child molester. It’s to help ground the character in the Big Lebowski universe.

    • RTF372 says:

      I’ll bet they wrote it to where his conviction was overturned or something. That being said, the character already has a cult like status in the Lebowski universe, which has gone fairly mainstream, despite his despicable background.

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