American Gigolo episode 1 cast: Who is in the cast?

American Gigolo episode 1 cast: Who is in the cast?

09/06/2022

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Showtime’s gritty new drama American Gigolo sees a man getting out of prison after being framed for murder and struggling to work in the sex industry in modern-day Los Angeles.

He will also be trying to discover the person who sent him down in the first place as well as trying to get back to his one true love.

The show was developed by Emmy-winning television director, writer and producer David Hollander, who was also the showrunner on Ray Donovan.

However, the original film’s write and director Paul Schrader was less than impressed when he heard there would be an American Gigolo remake.

Schrader said: “I replied that I thought it was a terrible idea — times had changed, internet porn had redefined male sex work, viruses, etc.”

He added to Variety: “I don’t plan to watch the Showtime series. I don’t think I could be objective about it and, even if I could, it’s too much agita [sic].”

Nonetheless, he wished lead stars Jon Bernthal and Gretchen Mol the best on the drama.

Who is in the cast of American Gigolo episode 1?

Julian Kaye – Jon Bernthal

American star Jon Bernthal takes the lead in the drama as the titular character Julian Kaye, who makes ends meet through sex work.

Bernthal is best known for his roles as Frank Castle in Marvel’s The Punisher TV series as well as Shane Walsh in The Walking Dead.

More recently, the actor has starred in We Own This City, Sharp Stick, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and The Bear.

He will next be appearing in Snow Ponies, which is in pre-production, and is rumoured to be starring in an untitled sequel to Hollywood movie The Accountant, according to IMDb.

Michelle Stratton – Gretchen Mol

Veteran American star Gretchen Mol plays Julian’s love interest Michelle Stratton, whom he is trying to get back to.

Mol’s most notable credits are in Boardwalk Empire, Manchester by the Sea, 3:10 to Yuma, and The Thirteenth Floor. She also worked with American Gigolo’s director Schrader on his 1999 film Forever Mine.

Viewers may recognise her from her roles in The Paramount Network’s Yellowstone, Perry Mason on HBO, Netflix’s George R.R. Martin sci-fi series Nightflyers, and Seven Seconds.

Isabelle – Lizzie Brocheré

French star Lizzie Brocheré take on the role of Isabelle after appearing in American Horror Story, Falling Water, Versailles, and The Strain.

Detective Sunday – Rosie O’Donnell

Rosie O’Donnell plays Detective Sunday, who will be trying to learn the truth about why Julian was really sent to prison all those years ago.

O’Donnell is no stranger to screens with roles in A League of Their Own, Sleepless in Seattle, and The Flintstones as well as more recently appearing in Russian Doll on Netflix, The L Word: Generation Q, and SMILF.

Richard Stratton – Leland Orser

Leland Orser takes on the part of Michelle’s significant other Richard, whom Julian views as a rival.

Orser has starred in the films Seven, Taken, Alien Resurrection and The Bone Collector as well TV show Ray Donovan, Blindspotting, and I Am the Night.

Julian ‘Johnny’ Kaye – Gabriel LaBelle

Portraying the younger version of Julian or ‘Johnny’ is up-and-coming star Gabriel LeBelle, who will be charting the protagonist’s early years.

LaBelle has appeared in Dead Shack, The Predator, iZombie, and The Fabelmans, but American Gigolo will be his biggest role to date.

Lorenzo – Wayne Brady

Wayne Brady takes on the part of Lorenzo with the actor previously appearing in The Good Fight and The Loud House as well as working as a TV host on the likes of Whose Line Is It Anyway? in America and Let’s Make A Deal.

Other cast members include Mark Mahoney as McGregor, Alex Fernandez as Parish, Yolonda Ross as Lizzy, and Sandrine Holt as Olga.

American Gigolo airs on Showtime on Fridays and on Paramount+ in the UK on Saturdays

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