Woody Allen: ‘I never think of retiring. I’ll probably die on set’
Allen holds press conference in Spain to launch new film starring Christoph Waltz
Director Woody Allen: No matter what happens in my life, I focus on my work. Photograph: Lucas Jackson/Reuters
Woody Allen has no plans to give up film-making despite the years of controversy that has dogged his directing career. “I never think of retiring. It’s not just something that has occurred to me,” Allen said at a press conference in San Sebastian to launch production on his new film, which is set in Spain and funded by the Spanish media giant Mediapro.
Allen said: “My philosophy, since I started many years ago in show business, is that no matter what happens is to focus on my work . . . No matter what happens in my life with my wife, children, current events, politics or illness, I focus on my work, and that’s all that really absorbs my time and effort seven days a week.
He added: “I’ll probably die in the midst of setting a film shot one day on the set, making a movie.”
Allen is mired in a legal dispute with Amazon, after the studio shelved his last film, A Rainy Day in New York; Allen launched a $68 million legal action alleging Amazon had broken its contract with him. Amazon responded by claiming that Allen had “sabotaged” the prospects of the film – and its predecessor, Wonder Wheel – by his comments about sex abuse accusations by his daughter Dylan Farrow and the #MeToo campaign.
Gershon defended Allen at the press conference, saying: “It’s a wild time in America . . . I personally think that you really have to look at every single situation and decide about how you feel about it. I can say with a very fair conscience, I’m so thrilled to be here. It feels like a dream come true.”
Gershon joins the likes of Javier Bardem, who appeared in Allen’s last Spain-set film, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, and Anjelica Huston in refusing to join a boycott of the film-maker after a string of actors – including Greta Gerwig, Timothée Chalamet, Colin Firth and Rebecca Hall – expressed their regret at working with him.
Allen was not aware of any plans to release A Rainy Day in New York in the US, despite a number of European distributors picking it up. “I have no control over that. I can only make the film and hope that people will enjoy it. All I know is there are no plans to release it at the moment. I don’t know what will happen.” – Guardian