Carmine Falcone’s actor discusses the suggestions he provided to director Matt Reeves for fleshing out the Mafia leader.
When John Turturro was a kid in New York City, his father warned him not to look Mafia members in the eyes whenever they talked to him since their talent was seducing would-be victims. He would subsequently utilize that counsel to help shape Carmine Falcone, the mafia ruler of Gotham City, in The Batman.
The actor, who has been a lover of comic books since he was a child, was well-versed in heroic fiction. He was particularly drawn to Batman because, as Turturro puts it, “he was a superhero without abilities — just tools.”
And now, Turturro is a member of that mythology in Matt Reeves’ The Batman, which debuted to a massive $134 million domestically over the weekend after gaining critical acclaim (the picture has an 85 percent Rotten Tomatoes rating). The actor, who has “been around the block enough times to know not to anticipate excessively,” is ecstatic.
Turturro tries to pull back the curtain on his character in a questionnaire with The Hollywood Reporter following the film’s big opening, sharing new insight into his development process with Reeves, whom he describes as one of the most cooperative filmmakers he’s worked with during his lengthy, impressive career.
When Bruce Wayne (Robert Pattinson) finds that his late father sought aid from the Mafia, which resulted in the death of a reporter, the picture takes a surprising turn. When the older Wayne just asked Falcone to frighten him from running a story, Falcone murdered him. Alfred (Andy Serkis) speculates that Falcone murdered the Waynes after Thomas threatened to report the crime to the authorities. When speaking with Bruce, Falcone blames the killings on someone else. Turturro has his take on who is telling the truth.
“I believe there are those who will say, ‘I didn’t do it,’ even if they did.” Then, over time, they believe the other version they produced,” Turturro adds, adding that what the spectator surmises is more essential. “I believed he was a scary man, and I thought not witnessing [the Waynes’ murder] was cool.”
Falcone, the Mafia leader introduced by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli in 1987, may not be the first villain that comes to mind when thinking of Batman’s legendary foes. Still, his impact makes him among the deadliest. In The Batman, his enormous influence is explored considerably, which drew Turturro to the subject, but the star had his thoughts to express his interpretation of Falcone completely.
“I realized I needed a mask.” “And then I went to the person who sells all of my old spectacles, and I discovered these glasses [used in the film], and Matt liked them,” Turturro says. “Because a number of those men did testify while wearing black glasses.”