Would Like To Work With Diane Keaton Again, But Not Sure On What|
by Oliver Lyttelton, published on March 14, 2011 - 9:01 am
Woody Allen may be creeping up on his 80th birthday (hes 76 this year), but his work ethic shows no sign of letting up. Hes directed 41 films in 42 years and, as usual, has started prepping for the next before the premiere of his latest, the Owen Wilson/Rachel McAdams topliner Midnight in Paris. As revealed a week or so ago, the next will follow the recent trend in Allens work, and be set in a major European city, with Rome following on from London, Barcelona and Paris.
In a lengthy, must-read interview with The Guardian to mark the UK release this week of last years You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger, Allen has revealed one additional detail about the project beside its setting, as well as some intriguing hints of what might lie beyond that film. The writer-director hasnt appeared in one of his own films since the poorly received Scoop back in 2006, but he tells the paper that hes written himself a small role in the Rome-set film.
Allen does suggest that its in no way a lead: ...its not a big deal, its an amusing turn, so Ill do it. But I cant be the love interest any more. I cant play opposite Scarlett Johansson, its not appropriate. Theres no news on other casting yet, but we imagine the usual queue of A-listers will start forming any day now. Perhaps more intriguing, however, are Allens hints that he might want to reunite with perhaps his best-known collaborator: the star of Annie Hall and Manhattan, Diane Keaton.
The pair havent worked together since 1993s Manhattan Murder Mystery, but Allen says that he and Keaton are very, very good friends, and pays tribute to her for helping him to write for women, saying that they were cardboard figures before her, and I made no effort to change it, but after I met Keaton I could write women, and only write women, that was all that interested me.
However, the only issue seems to be that he doesnt have an approach: he tells The Guardian that Id love to have a wonderful tour de force part with Diane Keaton but the problem is doing what?, ruling out the idea of a romance between the elder Allen and Keaton by saying that nobody wants to see two septugenarians get it on. People may say they do, but they dont. They want to see Leonardo DiCaprio chasing after Scarlett Johansson. They dont want me flirting with Diane Keaton.
Of course, Keatons success in recent years, in films like Somethings Gotta Give suggests that Allens being a little short-sighted here. But where theres a will, theres a way, so were sure that well see Allen and Keaton reunited on screen before too long. As for Midnight in Paris, the usually self-disparaging Allen (who at one point before the films release tried to bury Annie Hall because he hated it so much) has an uncharacteristic confidence about the film, saying I feel affectionate towards it.
Allens European work has been mostly weak, with only Vicky Christina Barcelona being any good, but the new films excellent cast, which sees Wilson and McAdams joined by Tom Hiddleston, Marion Cotillard, Michael Sheen, Adrien Brody, Kathy Bates, Alison Pill, Lea Seydoux and Carla Bruni, means were looking forward to it bowing at Cannes. And if you cant make it to the Croisette, the wait for the film wont be too longit opens on May 20th.