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Interview With John Torturro Regarding The Jesus:

Jesus: The Movie! December 11, 2002 
Source: Total Film

No...not that Jesus! It's not every day that an item or interview from a print magazine (remember those?) actually strikes me as cool enough to mention here (usually they're so outdated compared to the Net movie news anyway), but this piece that I read in the most recent edition of TOTAL FILM was just too slick to pass up.

For any fan of the Coen bros, or even more specifically, THE BIG LEBOWSKI, or even more specifically, the character played in that film by John Turturro named Jesus Quintana, word is that the Coens are actually "in discussions" to write a WHOLE MOVIE about the nutty little bowler. Here's one of my favorite lines of his from the film: "Let me tell you something, pendejo. You pull any of your crazy shit with us, you flash a piece out on the lanes, I'll take it away from you, stick it up your ass and pull the fucking trigger 'til it goes "click."

Here's a transcript of the Q&A with Turturro himself:

TF: One of your funniest turns is Jesus Quintana in "The Big Lebowski". Who came up with the look, you or the Coens?

TURTURRO: Half and half. The jumpsuit was there, and I came up with the nail, the hairnet, the beard-- all that stuff.

TF: And the mannerisms?

TURTURRO: [Laughs] That was stuff the Coens knew I could do and they let me go a little crazy because they had extra time. They let me add a lot of stuff. We actually may do a continuation. We're thinking of doing a down and dirty movie with him-- Jesus: The Second Coming. That thing is huge all over the world. People go insane over it, so we thought we've got to come up with the right story. We're in discussions to do it.


Yeah, baby...yeah! And by the way, for the record, even though I didn't exactly fall all over THE BIG LEBOWSKI during my first viewing, I have re-watched the movie about a zillion times since (much like any other Coen film), and consider it one of my faves nowadays (maybe I hadn't smoked enough shit before I watched it the first time around?). Anyway, I wrote a brand spankin' new review for the movie in my book as well, so hopefully that will make up for my dinkiness the first time around. Go Jesus!

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