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Woody Allen tells Alec Baldwin he’s done directing: ‘The thrill is gone’

Woody Allen may be one of the most prolific directors of modern times, but he’s ready to hang up his hat anytime soon.

The 86-year-old “Annie Hall” director appeared in a rare interview with Alec Baldwin posted to his Instagram account on Tuesday, in which the embattled Allen admitted his next film will likely be his last and that he intends to retire from his directing career in the very near future.

“I’ll probably do at least one more film. A lot of the thrill is gone,” said Oscar winner Allen, whose latest project is set to film in Paris later this year.

He went on to note to 64-year-old Baldwin — with whom he worked on his films Alice (1990), To Rome with Love (2012) and Blue Jasmine (2013) — that he did has become disillusioned with 21st-century film, particularly with a plethora of streaming services and pay-per-view channels.

“In the past, when I made a film, it would go to a cinema across the country. Now you do a movie and you get a few weeks in a theater,” said the Manhattan screenwriter. “Maybe six weeks or four weeks and then it goes straight to streaming or pay-per-view… It’s not the same… I don’t enjoy it that much.”

Woody Allen and Alec Baldwin spoke about the former's directing career and his next film.  However, Allen did hint that he's at a crossroads when it comes to directing.
Woody Allen and Alec Baldwin spoke about the former’s directing career and his next film. However, Allen did hint that he’s at a crossroads when it comes to directing.
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“I’ll probably do at least one more film. A lot of the thrill is gone,” Allen said.
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“I don’t have the same fun making a film and getting it out there. It was a nice feeling knowing that 500 people saw it once,” Allen continued. “I don’t know what I think about making films. I’ll make another one and I’ll see how it feels. I think yes, I’ll be working in film again – but maybe I’d like to turn to writing.”

Elsewhere in the nearly hour-long conversation, the pair discussed Allen’s new collection of essays, Zero Gravity.

However, Baldwin and Allen also dodged controversial issues surrounding Allen — including allegations of sexual abuse of his stepdaughter Dylan Farrow — in the surprise interview that ‘The Hunt for Red October’ actor Baldwin first revealed in an Instagram post Sunday evening.

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Baldwin announced on June 26 that he would be interviewing Allen on his Instagram Live on Tuesday.
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“Let me say upfront that I have NO INTEREST in any judgments and hypocritical posts here. I’m OBVIOUSLY someone who has my own beliefs and couldn’t care less about the speculations of others,” Baldwin said in the announcement for the one-on-one. “If you think a court case should be done in the form of an HBO documentary, that’s your problem.”

The backlash against award-winning filmmaker Allen surfaced again when the HBO docuseries Allen v. Farrow” was published. While Allen denied the harassment allegations, calling them “absurd,” many actors have declined to work with him again.

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