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John Lurie

JOHN LURIE FIRST WENT FISHING when he played St. James (either the Lesser or the Greater) in Martin Scorcese’s The Last Temptation of Christ. Jesus (Willem Dafoe) told his disciples to “become fishers of men,” and James, cranky and irritable as usual, misheard him and thought he said fisherman.

Today, two thousand years later, Lurie is still at it, wandering the planet, tackle in hand, fishing for the fiercest game in the seven seas, from man-eating sharks to submarine-eating giant calamari. Fishing is an art, as anyone familiar with Moby Dick or Trout Fishing in America can presumably attest, and nowhere is it seen more artistically than in Lurie’s new television mega-miniseries Fishing with John. In six episodes on the Independent Film Channel and Bravo! networks, he travels to exotic crannies of the world with such like-minded outdoorsmen as Willem Dafoe (Jesus), Matt Dillon, Dennis

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