Woody Allen is done playing the romantic lead and is leaving that lovey-dovey stuff to the younger stars. In a candid new interview, the filmmaker says it's a joke to see two senior citizens getting steamy on screen.
"I can't be the love interest any more. I can't play opposite Scarlett Johansson, it's not appropriate," Allen, 75, tells the Guardian of the 26-year-old "Match Point" and "Scoop" star. "So what can I do? I'd love to have a wonderful tour de force part with Diane Keaton but the problem is… doing what?"
Though Allen and the "Annie Hall" actress, 65, may have made a great team in his films from the '70s, he doesn't believe they'd still have the same sizzle.
"Nobody wants to see two septuagenarians get it on," he explains. "People may say they do but they don't. They want to see Leonardo DiCaprio chasing after Scarlett Johansson. They don't want me flirting with Diane Keaton."
France's First Lady will indeed be starring in an upcoming Woody Allen film. It had been rumored for months that Carla Bruni-Sarkozy had been cast in the next project from the secretive filmmaker. Then, a later rumor followed which said: Nope. Wrong. No Bruni . (She's not hyphenated professionally). Instead, the gossip went, Marion Cotillard was playing part everyone thought was going to be Bruni's. Well, turns out both women will be in the new film, which is in pre-production.
The notoriously press-shy Allen took the unusual step of issuing an actual press release with details of the movie - including, gasp, its title. It will be called "Midnight in Paris". I think I'm more shocked about the suddenly open and chatty Woody Allen, than I am about the First-Lady-Gone-Hollywood aspect of this. You?
Meantime, worth noting: Allen's latest movie, "You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger," will have its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival next month.
More from Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris" press release here: FULL POST
Rumors that Marion Cotillard would be replacing Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, the French president's wife, in the next Woody Allen film are untrue, according to Allen's rep.
The yet unnamed movie is due to start shooting in Paris, France, this summer. Bruni is an Italian ex-model and will still be playing a part in the movie. Oscar winner Cotillard, who is French, will also have a role in the film, the rep says.
According to IMDB.com, Rachel McAdams and Owen Wilson will appear in the summer project as well.
Roman Polanski's got friends in high places. Whether they can really burnish his image is another matter.
Woody Allen, Martin Scorsese, David Lynch and Oscar-winning actress Tilda Swinton are among the showbiz luminaries who have signed a petition demanding Polanski's release.
The famed director was picked up in Zurich, Switzerland on Saturday and faces possible extradition to the U.S. on a child sex case that dates back to 1977.
I can see some value in having Scorsese and Swinton in your corner, but Woody Allen? He faced a sex scandal of his own involving the adopted daughter of his former partner, Mia Farrow.
Actor/writer Buck Henry and director John Landis also signed the petition. Landis was charged (and later acquitted) of involuntary manslaughter years ago in the deaths of two child actors on the set of the movie, "Twilight Zone".
As for Henry, fans of "Saturday Night Live's" early years will recall he played a recurring character on the show, a cheesy pedophile named Uncle Roy who was always trying to get two girls (played by Gilda Radner and Lorraine Newman) to pose for Polaroid shots.
Do you think these are good candidates to speak out on Polanski's behalf?
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