When you’ve got a movie as perfect as The Big Lebowski, I really don’t think you should go about mucking things up with a spin-off. Especially one based around the film’s “pederast” bowler Jesus Quintana. Don’t get me wrong: I though “The Jesus” was hilarious, but he’s not very likable or particularly deep enough to carry a movie. It’s like when Saturday Night Live’s team takes a character that works in two and a half minute skit and tries to spread their gimmick out across a two hour movie. (Pat, Stuart Smalley, etc. etc.)
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Actor John Turturro, who played the colorful bowler named Jesus in The Big Lebowski, told a master class Saturday that — assuming he can get legal clearance — he’d like to reprise that role in a new film next year.
“If I can get the permission I need, I’d like to return to that role,” he said to loud applause.