Jewish World Review March 20, 2002 / 7 Nisan, 5762
Woody Allen refuses to cast self...
Walks off set!
Fireworks erupted on the set of Woody Allen's new film, "We'll Come Up With A Title When I Feel Like It." In a sudden
departure from his past films, Director Allen is considering against casting himself in new film.
"I've been thinking about it for a long time," said the smallish clarinetist. "Every character I play is the same unlikable neurotic. I
never seem to be able bring anything surprising to the role. It used to be funny, about 250 Louis Lasser pounds ago, but by this
time you would think I'd come up with something new."
Allen was not thrilled with the news. "When I broke the news to myself I felt totally blindsided. I thought I was happy with my
work. If only I had said something earlier, perhaps I could have made some changes."
"I've never seen the 'Woodman" as upset as he was today," said longtime friend and fellow one note actor, Tony Roberts. "I
can't see him ever working with himself again. You don't need all those years of therapy that Woody's had to understand that
he never really cared for himself. Now, with this, I'm afraid the relationship is irreparable."
Allen agreed. "I don't think I can work with myself anymore, and the studio is behind me on this. After all, what do they have
to lose? They never make any money from anything I do anyway."
JWR contributor Steve Young, Prism Award winner and Humanitas Prize nominee for his
television writing, is contributing editor at the Writers Guild of
America's "Written By" magazine. He is the author of the forthcoming "Great Failures Of
The Extremely Successful," Tallfellow Press, 2002
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