John Turturro Wants to Revisit 'Big Lebowski's Jesus

Actor said he hopes to get proper legal clearance to reprise the flamboyant bowler in a new film

June 24, 2014 1:36 PM ET
John Turturro as Jesus in The Big Lebowski, 1998.
John Turturro as Jesus in The Big Lebowski, 1998.
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Break out your purple jumpsuit and Gipsy Kings version of "Hotel California": Actor John Turturro said he hopes to reprise his role as Jesus from The Big Lebowski in a new film, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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The actor was speaking at a master class at this year's Taormina Film Festival in Sicily when he said he was working on gaining the proper legal clearance to reprise the famous, flamboyant bowler. "If I can get the permission I need, I'd like to return to that role," he said.

Turturro didn't offer any specifics regarding his plans for the Jesus, but this isn't the first time he's brought up the possibility of bringing back the character. At a 2011 panel that reunited the cast of The Big Lebowski, Turturro said he was thinking about a sequel in which Jesus becomes a bus driver.

It will be interesting to see if Turturro can get permission to use Jesus from Lebowski's writers/directors, Joel and Ethan Coen: While much of the cast is happy to wax nostalgic about the 1998 cult classic — especially the Dude himself, Jeff Bridges — the sibling filmmakers have declined to discuss the film on numerous occasions, including our 2008 story on Lebowski's legacy.

Still, the Dude's big adventure lives on. Back in April, Bridges headlined the annual Lebowski Fest in Los Angeles, playing a set with his aptly named band the Abiders; and in 2012, the Dude even confessed to Rolling Stone that The Big Lebowski is one of the few movies he's in that he'll still watch: "You know, I rarely will watch my movies when they come on TV, but when Lebowski comes on I'll say, 'Oh, I'll just wait until Turturro licks the ball and then I'll do my clicking.' But it's like The Godfather — when The Godfather comes on I have that same kind of feeling, then you get hooked."

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