Woody Allen told Alec Baldwin during an Instagram Live interview on Tuesday (June 28) that he was considering retiring from filmmaking.
The 87-year-old director with 49 feature films to his credit joined Baldwin for the 45-minute interview, in which they discussed Allen’s writing, his films’ use of profanity and the current state of Broadway.
The two men — each with significant controversies currently associated with them — refrained from addressing either the abuse allegations against Allen or the fatal shooting on the set of Baldwin’s western rust last year.
Public comment options were turned off, and the interview drew between 2,400 and 2,700 listeners.
At one point, Allen told Baldwin that filmmaking had lost “a lot of thrill” for him in the age of streaming.
“A lot of thrills are gone,” he said match point the director said, adding: “Now you do a movie and you get a couple of weeks in a theater and then it goes to streaming or pay-per-view. It’s not the same. I don’t enjoy it that much.”
The duo also spoke about Covid-19 and that Allen had yet to contract the virus. During this portion of the interview, Allen admitted he was relieved at the thought of never doing a film after coming out of a period of regret over the pandemic that halted a film he was working on.
“I was like, ‘Man, I like it under the bed. I don’t have to go out and do a movie and be cold in the winter and hot in the summer and make decisions all day.’”
However, Allen will be directing his 50th film in Paris later this year before deciding whether to quit, he told Baldwin.
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“I’ll do another one and see how it feels,” he told his frequent collaborator.
Baldwin has worked with Allen on a number of films including Love to Rome, Alice and Blue Jasmine.
Allen continues to face backlash after his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow accused him of abusing her as a child. Allen has denied the allegations and no charges have been filed against him.
When Baldwin first announced to his fans that he would be interviewing Allen, he stated that he had “NO INTEREST in anyone’s judgment and hypocritical posts here.”
“If you think a court case should be done in the form of an HBO documentary, that’s your problem.”
Baldwin referred to the Allen vs. Farrow Documentary released on HBO in February last year that re-examined Dylan’s allegations against the filmmaker. The documentaries were made with the participation of Dylan, her brother and her mother Mia.
Baldwin himself is the subject of several lawsuits after fatally shooting cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on set rust in New Mexico last October.
Baldwin said he pointed the gun at the camerawoman at her direction as she went off without him pulling the trigger.
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