L’ultima sua apparizione era stata in Scoop, accanto a Scarlett Johansson e Hugh Jackman. Prim’ancora c’era stata una piccola parte in Anything Else: negli ultimi dieci anni solo due film.
Ora Woody Allen, che già aveva diradato le sue apparizioni, per dedicarsi alla regia, avrà una piccola parte nel film che sta scrivendo e che verrà girato a Roma.
In una lunga intervista al Guardian per la presentazione inglese di Incontrerai l’uomo dei tuoi sogni, Allen ha raccontato in particolare del suo rapporto con le donne fuori e dentro lo schermo.
A partire dalla moglie Soon Yi:
“Yes, yes, she’s never taken me seriously really. And to this day – you know I just left her now – she sees me as a complainer, a hypochondriac, a kind of idiot savant. She thinks that I’m very good at what I do and absolutely terrible at everything else. And she’s probably not far off. You know, it’s that kind of relationship. She’s not someone who sycophantically supports. You know, people thought when I first married her that, because of this big age difference, I’d married someone who’d idolise me. But that wasn’t the case at all. She hadn’t seen 90% of my movies, and to this day she hasn’t seen 60% of them. She’s just not that interested in them. And she’s a stern critic of my work. She unashamedly hates my clarinet playing. Can’t bear it. Can’t bear my practising. Never comes to a concert. Thinks it’s torture.”
E quindi Diane Keaton, la musa e la protagonista di molti dei suoi film migliori, con cui potrebbe tornare a recitare:
He’s written himself into a small part in the film he’s shooting in Rome this summer, “but it’s not a big deal, it’s an amusing turn, so I’ll do it. But I can’t be the love interest any more. I can’t play opposite Scarlett Johansson, it’s not appropriate. So what can I do? I’d love to have a wonderful tour de force part with Diane Keaton but the problem is… doing what?”
A romantic part opposite Scarlett Johansson might not be appropriate, I say, but opposite Diane Keaton it would be.
“Nobody wants to see two septuagenarians get it on.”
Why not? It’d be very romantic.
“People may say they do but they don’t. They want to see Leonardo DiCaprio chasing after Scarlett Johansson. They don’t want me flirting with Diane Keaton.”
I think he’s wrong, particularly since his films seem to have entered a new, mature period. And since Diane Keaton is the touchstone for his greatest films, his greatest characters, his entire sensibility towards women. He’s written roles that have won his actresses Oscars, and he’s one of the few directors who has both objectified and subjectified his female characters. They may be gorgeous beauties who drive men crazy but they’re also fully realised beings themselves.
“I could never write female characters when I started out. And when I met Diane Keaton, and got friendly with her, and lived with her for a few years, I became so enamoured of her, I just fell in love with her. I became so enamoured of her as a human being, so in awe of her, that I started to write for her. I wrote Annie Hall for her, and then after that I could almost only write for women characters.
“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.”
Infine Allen si sofferma sul ruolo dei bambini nei suoi film:
“There were never children in my films. I didn’t care about children. I mean, I didn’t dislike them but I just had no thoughts about children. If my wife, years ago, when I first married as a young man, had wanted to have 10 children, it was fine with me, or no children, it didn’t matter. And then I remember when I did the movie Manhattan I made a list at the end of the movie of the things that made life worth living, and I got a letter from a lady saying, ‘You didn’t mention your child.’ Because I had a child in the movie with Meryl Streep, a young boy.
“And you know I’d mentioned Louis Armstrong and Marlon Brando, and I figured, so, I didn’t mention my child, so what? I mentioned things that were meaningful. It was only when I had children, over a decade later, that I realised what an egregious blunder that was. That of course someone with a child would mention it. So children have become very, very meaningful to me. Because they add an amazing dimension to your life. But even then, I’m aware of the fact that nature is nature in its most brutal way. You devote yourself to them, it’s a one-way street, it’s unconditional positive regard, no matter what happens, and they grow up and go out on their own and you become a very minor annoyance”
L’intervista di Carole Cadwalladr è veramente interessante. La potete leggere integralmente qui.