Ick.

One question: Has Woody Allen always been covered with a thin film of mold and dried body fluids, or is this a new development? For once, Maureen Dowd hits one out of the park:

Woody Allen has proposed writing a memoir, if he can get enough dough.

In this Untitled Woody Allen Fall Project, the most secretive filmmaker in history is ready to spill about Diane Keaton, his ex-girlfriend; dish on his acidic legal fights with his mother-in-law, Mia Farrow, and former business partner, Jean Doumanian; and rhapsodize about the journey of his wife, Soon-Yi, from poor child in South Korea to lady of fashion ordering about her own servants in her Upper East Side mansion.

More than a kiss-and-tell, he reportedly promises a titillating romp of breaking “taboos.”

“For this,” said the man who once savored privacy, in his proposal to market and spin his own scandal, “I want a lot of money.”

I mean: Ick.

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6 responses to “Ick.”

  1. ashley said on October 19, 2003 at 11:46 pm

    Maybe it’s not being a New Yorker, but I just never really, really got Woody Allen. Yeah, Without Feathers and Getting Even were kind of cute, but I didn’t walk away feeling like this was the work of some grand intellectual.

    Sure I liked some of his movies, but I never really felt much empathy for any of the characters. Then, when he talked about someone being shat upon…well, I guess he’s topical or somesuch.

    Maureen Dowd, otoh, rocks. An intellectual redhead. Boo-ya.

  2. deb said on October 20, 2003 at 10:48 am

    maybe maureen addressed this — i didn’t read the link — but i find it interesting that he’s insisting on being paid “a lot of money” to tell his tale. this is the same guy who insists that actors — no matter how well-paid — work for scale when they work for HIM. it’s a different matter when he’s on the receiving end of the paycheck, apparently.

    whenever his name comes up these days, i’m reminded of a remark from mia farrow’s book. she was trying to explain to him what was wrong with his relationship with soon-yi, and told him, “you don’t fuck the kids!” any man who needs this EXPLAINED to him deserves whatever he gets.

  3. danno said on October 20, 2003 at 11:06 am

    True, Woody has had a few good ones, but has never ‘rocked my world’, but then again, I’m not a young Korean girl either!!

  4. alex said on October 20, 2003 at 12:41 pm

    I haven’t let my qualms with the man destroy my enjoyment of his work�too much, anyway. Can’t say I’ve been to one of his flicks in the past coupla years though. I suppose it’s because I’ve heard them all roundly trashed by people whose opinions I generally respect.

    Then again, some of Woody’s biggest critical flops gave me some of the biggest belly laughs ever, I seem to recall. “Alice,” from about a dozen years ago, was one such movie. Perhaps on some level my discomfort with his personal behavior has, in fact, kept me away from his recent efforts.

    I remember in college feeling a similar dilemma with Evelyn Waugh, whose writing delights me like the work of few authors, yet whose personal idiosyncrasies and world view left me stone cold. At that time I got shaken from the all-too-common habit of needing to believe that artists�writers, musicians, actors, painters, whatever�must necessarily hold a corner on wisdom or virtue. It’s quite possible for one to be gifted�even to be a genius�and still be a complete fool, or even a despicable schmuck.

    I probably wouldn’t shell out my hard-earned dough for that book, even when it’s on the bargain table at Border’s for $2.99 hardback a month or two after its debut. It’ll be much more fun seeing how authors like Dowd dissect it and tell the stories behind the stories.

  5. Melissa said on October 20, 2003 at 1:03 pm

    Woody Allen and Frank Sinatra are two people I have personally loathed, while still enjoying their work. Sometimes it’s a struggle to divorce the person from the work itself, and sometimes I wonder whether I’m being a little self-serving.

    On the aspect of Matureen Dowd hitting one out of the park: same feeling.

  6. Nance said on October 20, 2003 at 2:51 pm

    I certainly agree that you should judge artists by their art and not their personal lives (otherwise no one could listen to Miles Davis), but Woody really seems to be on a real disconnect lately. His movies are awful; he’s lost his touch in so many ways you can hardly believe he ever had it. And he’s really obsessed with this idea that he’s a National Treasure, which I assume, should this book ever be published, will go away, too, if if hasn’t already.