Woody Allen, the Sarkozys and the Press

Extract from an interview by Dave Itzkoff in The New York Times (September 12).

Q. Were you prepared for the firestorm of media coverage you set off by casting Carla Bruni-Sarkozy in your next movie, Midnight in Paris?

A. I was very surprised at the level of journalism that occurred in relation to her. She has a small part in the movie – a real part, but it’s a small part. And I shot with her the first day, and then all the papers said she was terrible, and I did 32 takes with her. Of course I didn’t even do 10 takes with her. This was just a magical number that some guy created in a room. Then they printed that her husband came to the set and was angry with her. He came to the set once, and he was delighted. He felt she was a natural actress and couldn’t have been happier.

Q. That would make a good blurb for the movie poster.

A. For some reason, the press wanted to say bad things about her. I don’t know if they had something against the Sarkozys, or it was a better way to sell papers. But the fabrications were so wild and so completely fake, and I wondered to myself, is this what happens with Afghanistan and the economy and matters of real significance? This is a trivial matter. That’s a longwinded answer to your question. I was not prepared for the amount of press that was attached to the picture because of Madame Sarkozy.

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2 responses to “Woody Allen, the Sarkozys and the Press

  1. Has anyone one else noticed that ALL newspaper stories now come with a villain as standard equipment?

  2. Certainly not this blog.