Per an article in The Hollywood Reporter, actor John Turturro is seeking the rights to reprise his role as Jesus Quintana from The Big Lebowski in a new film. Jesus, as you'll likely remember, was a flamboyant bowler and a pederast. ("Eight year olds dude.")
"If I can get the permission I need, I'd like to return to that role," Turturro reportedly told a panel at last weekend's Taormina Film Festival in Sicily.
It's not the first time Turturro has said he'd like to resurrect the character. But his latest remarks come on the heels of the wildly successful first season of the TV adaptation of Fargo - another Joel and Ethan Coen production - which got us thinking: What other characters from Coen brothers movies deserve a spinoff?
Chad Feldheimer from Burn After Reading
Spoiler alert: Ditzy personal trainer-turned-amateur-blackmailer Chad Feldheimer (Brad Pitt) meets an untimely death in this 2008 comedy. But we live in the age of the prequel, so why not give the half-witted Feldheimer a chance to amuse audiences further, with, say, a 30-minute sitcom set in the gym where he works. The world deserves to see more of Chad doing what he does best. Things like riding his bike into a brick wall, orating like a SoCal surfer, and frosting the tips of his hair.
Mattie Ross from True Grit
Hailee Steinfeld earned an Oscar nomination for her role as a headstrong adolescent girl in the Wild West, on a mission to track down and exact retribution from her father's killer. But what becomes of our young heroine after she succeeds in her ambitious undertaking? We know through narration that she's still alive 25 years later (though she lost her arm to a snake bite-induced bout of gangrene).We also know that the misanthropic U.S. Marshall (Jeff Bridges) who reluctantly aided in her mission for revenge has just recently died. Surely Mattie Ross is a rich enough character to deserve more of a story. Let's find out what she's been up to for the last 25 years.
Ulysses the Cat from Inside Llewyn Davis
This trailer for Inside Llewyn Davis feels a bit like a Saturday Night Live parody. But no; it's just another quirky Coen brothers joint about a struggling '60s folk singer and his sometime-companion, a tabby named Ulysses. And though critics were split on whether the movie deserved an Oscar or a Razzie, everyone seemed to go wild for the cat. Cats are suspicious creatures. Suspicious creatures make good subjects for art. Let's have a spinoff about Ulysses. He won't have any lines (because, again, he's a cat), but when it comes to animals conveying emotion, it's all in the eyes.
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