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» Woody Allen to play bit part in his Rome-based film

published on April 18, 2011

Rome, April 18 - Woody Allen will get back in front of his own camera in the new film he'll be shooting in Rome this summer, the US director told a French weekly.

"Oh yes, I've cut out a small role for myself," Allen told Le Journal du Dimanche.

The moviemaker, 75, has been sparing with his parts lately and his last role was in Scoop (2006).

Allen said he had lined up Ellen Page, Jesse Eisenberg, Alec Baldwin and Penelope Cruz for the flick, which will be called The Wrong Picture.

In his interview with Le Journal du Dimanche, aimed at promoting Midnight in Paris which opens Cannes on May 11, Allen said he had yet to cast the Italian parts in the film, which is set in Rome.

Allen said last month he would start shooting "some time this summer, probably July".

"I and my family can't wait to spend a long period in that marvellous city," he told Rome daily La Repubblica, without going into details on the plot of the film, the latest in his tour of European capitals.

Only one of his last seven movies, Whatever Works, has been shot outside of Europe and he enjoyed mixed success with the London-set trio Match Point, Scoop and Cassandra's Dream before scoring a critical hit with the Spain-based Oscar-winning Vicky Cristina Barcelona.

Allen's Last Film, You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger, was also set in London and did well at the Italian box-office.

His upcoming Midnight In Paris includes French First Lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy in the cast.

The cult director, whose most critically acclaimed work has been based in his native New York, has not worked in Italy since 1996's Everyone Says I Love You, part of which was shot in Venice.

But he says he is just as fascinated with Rome as he is with the other great cities that have inspired him.

"I love these sophisticated and civilised metropolises and I find it fantastic to have the chance of working in them," he told La Repubblica.

"Every time has been like making declarations of love for certain places and projecting onto the screen my feelings for the places which have counted the most in my life".

"I hope to do the same with Rome".

Source: www.lifeinitaly.com

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