Woody Allen says making movies “isn’t as enjoyable as it used to be,” and his 50th film, which he directs this fall, will likely be his last.
Nothing was mentioned of the controversy surrounding the director in his interview with Alec Baldwin on Tuesday. And while actors Allen has worked with in the past have distanced themselves from him amid new allegations of sexual abuse by his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow, he didn’t mention that at all when talking about how “the thrill is gone” of film making. .
Allen said movies having a short life in theaters before moving to streaming is “one of the things that discourages him” from making new movies, and then COVID hit and solidified that sentiment.
“When the pandemic hit, I was in the house, like everyone else, petrified, hiding under my bed and not coming out for months,” Allen said. “I couldn’t do a movie that I was planning on doing. After a few months went by, I started thinking, ‘Wow, I like it under the bed. I don’t have to go out. I don’t have to make a movie. I don’t have to be… up at 5 in the morning and making decisions all day.
He said he spent his days exercising, playing the clarinet and writing: his new book, Zero gravity – and at 86 he has decided that “he likes to stay at home”.
“I’ll probably do at least one more movie, but a lot of the excitement is gone,” he said. “When I started, you would make a movie and it would go to theaters across the country. … Now you make a movie and you get a couple of weeks in a movie theater, maybe six weeks, four weeks, whatever, and then you go straight to streaming or pay-per-view. And people love to stay home with their big screens and watch on their TVs and they have good sound and a clear picture.”
He added, “It’s not the same as when I got into the movie business. So it’s not as enjoyable for me as it was. I don’t have the same fun… I don’t know how I feel about making movies. I’m going to do another one and see how do you feel?”
The film he will make this fall will be shot in Paris. While many of his films were set in New York, he has found that leaving the city he calls home to make films in Europe has been a joy. He noted that his wife of almost 25 years, Soon-Yi Previn, “always looks forward to spending three or four months in London, Paris or Barcelona. We have many friends abroad. It’s a nice experience.”
The director told Baldwin, who appeared in several of Allen’s films, including the 1990 one. Alicia2012 to rome with love and 2013 Jasmine Blue – that if he stops making movies, he will “go back to writing,” which he has done all along, not only in his movies, but also in numerous books and magazines.
The Instagram Live was plagued with technical difficulties with Baldwin asking Allen’s team at one point if they were in the best room for Wi-Fi. Allen freezes and then cuts himself off before reconnecting. The director admitted that he wasn’t up to date on social media, at one point joking, “I’m not sure what Instagram is.” Baldwin also made it a point to turn off the comments, knowing that Allen would be criticized at every turn.
Baldwin, 64, made it clear when announcing the interview Monday that it would not be to discuss the controversy surrounding Allen, who was accused in 1992 of sexually abusing his 7-year-old adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, shared with an ex-girlfriend. Mia Farrow. Allen, who was not charged but lost custody of Dylan and two brothers, has denied the allegations. She later married one of Farrow’s other adopted sons, Previn, who is 35 years his junior. In 2014, Dylan published an open letter in The New York Times, highlighting his claims, and the accusations were the subject of the 2021 HBO Max docuseries Allen vs. Farrow.
Baldwin and Allen have been friends for a long time, dating back to the late 1980s when they first worked together. When Allen vs. Farrow came out last year, Baldwin publicly criticized the project, saying, “Who needs courts or rule of law when we have a trial by the media?” Several months later, when Baldwin found himself at the center of controversy following the fatal Oxide shooting, he was photographed visiting Allen’s home in New York.
While Baldwin is supportive of Allen, many actors, including Colin Firth, Kate Winslet, and Timothée Chalamet, who previously worked with Allen have distanced themselves from him. Allen, for his part, has called those actors “well-intentioned but foolish” and said they are “going after a perfectly innocent person” and “enabling this lie.”