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It’s hard to believe, I know. But Woody Allen may secretly watch “The Bachelor” or “The Bachelorette.” He’s cast Ali Fedotowsky in her acting debut in “Blue Jasmine.” I know: the movie already has one curve ball with Andrew Dice Clay turning in an excellent performance as a smarter-than-you think blue collar guy married to Sally Hawkins.

But a contestant from reality TV who’s never acted before? Ali, who was on both ABC shows, even has a speaking role– she has lines. She plays Melanie, a trainer in the New York gym where Cate Blanchett’s Jasmine and Alec Baldwin’s Hal work out. Hal asks Jasmine, after she declines, if he should invite the trainer to a Yankee game. You can surmise what happens next. She’s only in one scene, but the audience will remember her late when Hal is caught doing a lot of different things.

Over the years, casting director Juliet Taylor has found a lot of unusual people for Woody’s movies. But this one is certainly very offbeat!

Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. He wrote the Intelligencer column for NY Magazine in the mid 90s, reporting on the OJ Simpson trial, as well as for the real Parade magazine (when it was owned by Conde Nast), and has written for the New York Observer, Details, Vogue, Spin, the New York Times, NY Post, Washington Post, and NY Daily News among many publications. He is the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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