Woody Allen told Alec Baldwin he is considering ending his film career during an Instagram Live interview on Tuesday (June 28).
The 87-year-old director, who has 49 feature films to his credit, joined Baldwin for the 45-minute interview, where they discussed Allen’s writing, the use of profanity in his films and the current state of Broadway.
The two men — each with significant controversies currently tied to them — have steered clear of addressing the abuse allegations against Allen or the fatal shooting on the set of Baldwin’s western. Rust last year.
Public comment options were disabled and the interview attracted an audience of between 2,400 and 2,700.
At one point, Allen told Baldwin that making movies in the streaming age had lost “a lot of the thrill” for him.
“A lot of the tension is gone,” says the… Match point director said, adding, “Now you make a movie and you get a few weeks in a movie house, and then it goes to streaming or pay-per-view. It’s not the same. It’s not so much fun for me.”
The duo also talked about Covid-19, and how Allen hadn’t contracted the virus yet. During this part of the interview, Allen admitted that he was relieved at the thought of never making a movie after coming out of a period of regret over the pandemic and ditching a movie he was working on.
“I thought, ‘Gosh, I like it under the bed. I don’t have to go out and I don’t have to make a movie and it’s cold in the winter and hot in the summer and I have to make decisions all day long.’”
However, Allen will be directing his 50th film in Paris later this year before deciding whether to call it quits, he told Baldwin.
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“I’m going to make another one, and I’ll see how it feels,” he told his regular collaborator.
Baldwin has worked with Allen on a number of films, including: With love to Rome, Alice and Blue Jasmine†
Allen continued to face criticism after his adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, accused him of abusing her as a child. Allen has denied the charges 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 “ZERO INTEREST in anyone’s judgments and hypocritical posts here”.
“If you think a trial should be conducted through an HBO documentary, that’s your problem.”
Baldwin referred to the Allen v Farrow documentary that aired on HBO last February and re-examined Dylan’s allegations against the filmmaker. The docuseries was made with the collaboration of Dylan, her brother and mother Mia.
Baldwin himself is the subject of multiple lawsuits after fatally shooting cameraman Halyna Hutchins on the set of Rust in New Mexico last October.
Baldwin has said he aimed the gun at the cameraman on her instruction, when it went off without him pulling the trigger.
Additional Reporting by Associated Press