Woody Allen believes he'll 'probably die' on set

The controversial director said: ‘I never think of retiring’

Ellie Harrison
Wednesday 10 July 2019 10:37 BST
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Woody Allen has said he believes he will “probably die” on set, revealing: “I never think of retiring.”

The controversial director was speaking at a press conference in Spain to launch the production of his new film starring Christoph Waltz, Gina Gershon and Elena Anaya.

“I never think of retiring,” said Allen. “It’s not just something that has occurred to me.”

He added: “I’ll probably die in the midst of setting a film shot one day on the set, making a movie.”

Allen is embroiled in a legal dispute with Amazon after the studio shelved his last movie, A Rainy Day in New York because it claimed Allen had “sabotaged” the prospects of the film with his comments about sex abuse accusations by his daughter Dylan Farrow and the #MeToo campaign.

The filmmaker has been the subject of a boycott after a group of actors – including Greta Gerwig, Timothée Chalamet, Colin Firth and Rebecca Hall – expressed their regret at working with him.

“My philosophy,” said Allen, “since I started many years ago in show business, is that no matter what happens is to focus on my work …

“No matter what happens in my life with my wife, children, current events, politics or illness, I focus on my work, and that’s all that really absorbs my time and effort seven days a week.”

Allen’s new film is informally known as Rifkin’s Festival, although it is still officially titled Woody Allen Summer Project 2019.

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