John Turturro reflects on past roles: "Sometimes I would work too hard"


During the course of John Turturro's 40 years in Hollywood, he has shown his incredible range as an actor from Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing" to the Coen brothers' "Barton Fink" and "The Night Of" on HBO. On an episode of "Salon Talks," Turturro explained how he's matured as an actor during a conversation about his latest role opposite Julianne Moore in "Gloria Bell."

"Overall, I'm a better actor now than I was then," Turturro said. Reflecting on his past work, Turturro said, "Sometimes I would work too hard. I would show too much."

The Emmy Award winner emphasized the importance of learning from people who are older. "When you pass things on to each other, it's like a great trumpet player passing something on to someone else, or a great singer. Someone can be great, and they can be 75, 80 years old. You got a lot to learn from those people."

Watch the video above to learn how Turturro feels like he's matured as an actor. And watch the full episode to hear why Turturro wants you to watch his latest movie, "Gloria Bell," about finding love after divorce.


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