Where would Pino be today? John Turturro on “Do The Right Thing” and his friendship with Spike Lee


On “Salon Talks,” John Turturro spoke about his longtime working relationship with Academy Award-winning director Spike Lee and the casting decision behind Lee’s 1989 film “Do The Right Thing.”

When Lee asked Turturro which character he wanted to play in the film, Turturro recalled choosing Pino and saying, “‘I wanna play the racist, cause that's what the movie is about. It's important that that character is human and you see him as frustrated and limited in some of his ways, but it's important that you see that he's a real guy.”

Watch the video above to hear how Turturro handled the “tough” ending of “Do The Right Thing” and where he thinks Pino would be today. And check out the full episode to learn about his newest film “Gloria Bell,” in theaters now, and why he says knows he’s grown as an actor.


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