Woody Allen Does His Own P.R.

Source: Anna Silman, Salon Magazine

Woody AllenIn January, when news broke that Woody Allen had signed on for an untitled six-part series with the online behemoth Amazon, the prospect was exciting, mysterious and vaguely unnerving.

What would one of our greatest big-screen auteurs conjure up amid the brave new world of streaming TV? While his statement at the time (“I have no ideas and I’m not sure where to begin”) didn’t inspire much confidence, it was easy enough to write this off as Allen being glib.

Well, it turns out, Allen really does have no idea where to begin, and he wholeheartedly regrets agreeing to do the show. Talking to Deadline at Cannes about his new film Irrational Man, Allen laid all his cards on the table, explaining that he doesn’t “even know what a streaming service is” and also that he “never knew what Amazon was.” He also adds that he’s not much of a TV watcher in general. As he puts it: “I’ve never seen any of those series, even on cable. I’ve never seen The Sopranos, or Mad Men. I’m out every night and when I come home, I watch the end of the baseball or basketball game, and there’s Charlie Rose and I go to sleep.”

Okay, not a great start here. So why did he sign on to the project? According to Allen, Amazon kept bombarding him until he gave in….

One thing is clear here: No matter how bad Woody Allen may be at making TV shows, he is even worse at doing his own P.R.

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One response to “Woody Allen Does His Own P.R.

  1. David Schatzky

    Woody Allen triumphs as a writer who reflects his own view of the world, even if that view isn’t grounded in current reality or today’s fads. Forget the P.R. (not his job) and forget being with it. But if he does bone up on Mad Men or The Sopranos it’s bound to be rewarding to watch how he ‘allenizes’ them as he did Ingmar Bergman.