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Nothing ‘Terrible’ Has Ever Happened to Woody Allen According to Woody Allen

By Emma Chance | Film | September 5, 2023 |

By Emma Chance | Film | September 5, 2023 |


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Woody Allen is being peak Woody Allen at the Venice Film Festival while promoting his latest film—his 50th as a director—Coup de Chance, which is “about the important role chance and luck play in our lives.” Since he’s been canceled in America, the film is in French and the cast is all French.

Allen was asked about the role luck has played in his life. “I’ve been very, very lucky my whole life. I had two loving parents. I have good friends,” he answered. “I have a wonderful wife and marriage and children,” sometimes all three at the same time! “I’ve never been in the hospital. I’ve never had anything terrible happen to me.” You’re right, you’ve just done terrible things to other people.

He was at least a little humble when he talked about his career: “I’ve had—over my lifetime — much-undeserved praise and an enormous amount of attention and respect. And so, I’ve had nothing but, you know, good fortune. And I hope it holds out.” This is classic Allen: cover up the real-life evil shit you’ve done with a little bit of self-deprecation and a boring, wordy movie.

There was no discussion of the evil shit at the festival, but he was asked if he was going to make a movie in New York again.

“I’ve got a very good idea for [a film in] New York, and if some guy steps out of the shadows and says they’ll finance my film in New York and agree to my terrible restrictions—they can’t read the script, can’t know who’s in it … just give me the money and go away. If some foolish person agrees to that, I will make the film in New York.”

Let’s hope no one does.