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15 Why does Woody Allen keep using the same actors and crew?




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This article is from the Woody Allen FAQ, by BrYan Westbrook westbrok@hsnp.com with numerous contributions by others.

15 Why does Woody Allen keep using the same actors and crew?

Woody's actors and crew are very loyal to him (they like working with
the best), and he to them. With the probable exception of Mia Farrow, the
only actress to ever publicly state she would not work with him again is
Meryl Streep.

Here is what Meryl Streep had to say about her experience:

"I don't think Woody Allen even remembers me. I went to see Manhattan and I
felt like I wasn't even in it. I was pleased with the film because I looked
pretty in it and I thought it was entertaining. But I only worked on the
film for three days and I didn't get to know Woody. Who gets to know Woody?
He's very much of a womanizer; very self-involved. On a certain level, the
film offends me because it's about all these people whose sole concern is
discussing their emotional states or their neuroses. It's sad because Woody
has the potential to be America's Chekhov. But instead, he's still caught
up in the jet-set crowd type of life, trivializing his talent."

She was also upset that she was only given the portions of the script that
contained her part (standard operating procedure on a security conscious
Woody Allen set).

 

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