Jon Bernthal undergoes PE in first trailer for ‘American Gigolo’ reboot

John Bernthal, the man, who once stated he doesn’t “have any natural sex appeal”, might want to take another look at the objectively very sexy American Gigolo trailer.

The first look at the Showtime reimagining of the classic 1980 film of the same name came Thursday, with the King Richard star taking on the role of Julian Kay, the male escort originally played by Richard Gere.

The series begins with Julian after he has served 15 years in prison for killing an ex-client he did not commit. Taking on a new life, the former escort struggles with his freedom and the relationships he left behind, including his troubled mother and his ex-lover Michelle (Gretchen Mol). Meanwhile, Detective Sunday (Rosie O’Donnell) investigates the conspiracy behind the crime that landed him in jail years ago.

But Julian can’t stay away from the bedroom for too long as he tells his former mentor Lorenzo (Wayne Brady) that he wants to “get back to work”.

And he does when Bernthal has a naked affair with new client Isabelle (Lizzie Brochet), heiress of a sex worker group, who slaps him before ordering him to “show me what you can do.”

Bernthal, whose star has steadily risen with starring roles in recent projects such as the prequel The Sopranos, Newark’s Many Saints and the HBO cop drama This City Belongs to Us, recently admitted he struggled with his main character. condition over the years.

“I went into rooms and felt so ugly,” he once recalled. GQ interview about his early days in Hollywood. “My nose, my ears… I fit into this weird box because it’s like, ‘Is he the main character? He is not what good looking. ‘”

“I’ve always looked at myself as this weird guy,” he added, noting that his “American Gigolo” role “frightens me, and that’s why I’m going to go through with it.”

Based on the trailer, the actor has clearly overcome his fears, but behind the scenes, the production didn’t go so smoothly.

Ray Donavan creator David Hollander, who designed, wrote and directed the reboot series, was fired in April following allegations of misconduct. Co-executive producer David Bar Katz then took the reins as his successor before he left the series a month later due to creative differences.

To make matters worse, the original film’s director Paul Schroeder disowned the series, calling it a “terrible idea” considering how “times have changed” and “internet porn has redefined male sex work, viruses, etc.”

“I don’t plan to watch a Showtime series,” he wrote in facebook post, for Diversity. “I don’t think I can be objective about this, and even if I could, it’s too much agitation.”

American Gigolo premieres Sunday, September 9th. 11 at 9:00 pm ET/PT on Showtime.