Sunday, July 10, 2022
Child actor Mark Lester (Oliver!) inspired one of the most interesting Actors & Skin posts I've put together for the site. It started as a simple 12 Days post after seeing Lester on TCM in an old horror themed Christmas film called Who Slew Auntie Roo?.
A little research led me to Lester's resume and several nude scenes, in mainstream European films, with many famous actors. The issue, they all were shot before Lester had turned 18 years old. I don't think any other post pushed my boundaries, but his career in film has been a fascinating one to read about and research. You can check out more, starting with that Christmas themed 12 Days post HERE:
I was also left surprised how much I was crushing after actor John Turturro. I've seen Turturro on screen for as long as I remember, but don't really recall him having the same impact on me before. If you watch movies at all, you know the talented New York born actors work. His resume is long, including many successful and award winning films including; Raging Bull, The Flamingo Kid, Desperately Seeking Susan, The Color of Money, Do the Right Thing, Summer of Sam, Rounders, Barton Fink, Quiz Show, Transformers and more recently in The Batman.
Some of Turturro's television credits include appearances on; Saturday Night Live, Miami Vice, Monk, Difficult People. On stage, he's appeared on and off Broadway in productions of Waiting for Godot, The Cherry Orchard, Life x 3 and Death of A Salesman/
I think what impacted me most was how beautifully Turturro played Irving, and his relationship with Burt played by Christopher Walken. Having directed Walken in Illuminata (1998) and Romance & Cigarettes, (2005) it was Turturro who suggested Walken for the role.