Famous American director Woody Allen, fresh from picking up $5 million from a lawsuit he won last month against American Apparel for violation of privacy (they used without permission an image of him from Annie Hall), is now visiting Paris and so has things French on his mind. For one thing, while summer of ’09 will find him filming “a serious comedy, not frivolous” mostly in London, he already intends to spend the following summer in Paris on another movie project entirely. That’s far enough ahead that either the story and other details for that work have not been worked out and/or he simply prefers not to reveal them yet. Still, during a stop there this week to promote his latest work, Whatever Works, he made clear his choice of leading lady: as the French newspaper Le Figaro reports, he dreams of filming current French First Lady, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy.
This he declared at a press conference in the French capital in response to the question of who he would film if he could choose anyone in the world. “Without a shadow of a doubt,” he replied, “Carla Bruni! I’m sure she would be marvelous. She has charisma and she has the capability of always showing herself to her public to best effect, and I could give her any role.”
In fact, as the article’s author (identified only as “C.J.”) points out, Bruni has already appeared in a couple of films – but only in cameo roles – such as the ’90s works “Paparazzi” and “Catwalk.” (The article helpfully links here for the full list of her appearances, but be aware that this list also includes television. For movies, scroll down to where that list starts with “17. Paparazzi.”) Then again, she has also clearly demonstrated her disinclination to allow her status as France’s First Lady from preventing her from getting involved in anything that might catch her fancy, such as releasing another album of songs shortly after her marriage to the French president. In any event, Allen will have a perfect opportunity to follow this up – if he’s truly serious – as he is scheduled for a private visit this weekend to the Elysée Palace, France’s White House.