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Woody Allen Will Act in John Turturro’s Fading Gigolo

US director Woody Allen poses during the photocall of "Midnight in Paris" presented out-of-competition at the 64th Cannes Film Festival on May 11, 2011 in Cannes.  AFP PHOTO / FRANCOIS GUILLOT (Photo credit should read FRANCOIS GUILLOT/AFP/Getty Images)

Though Woody Allen's six-year onscreen absence will be rectified with this summer's Nero Fiddled, you'd have to scroll back to 2000 to find an example of Allen acting without writing and directing (two exmaples, actually: Company Man and Picking Up the Pieces). Now he'll amend that record by starring in John Turturro's Fading Gigolo, a film about Allen and Turturro starting up an escort business together and raising eyebrows in their Hasidic community. Sharon Stone has been cast and Sofia Vergara is in talks to join. Final factoid: Turturro and Allen's characters assume the pseudonyms Virgil and Bongo. Yes, this should be funny.

Photo: FRANCOIS GUILLOT/2011 AFP