Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Woody Allen Book Sales Jump After Alec Baldwin Interview, Director Says He Wished He Could Have Directed WC Fields, the Marx Brothers, Jerry Lewis, Bob Hope


Woody Allen is not retiring, let’s get that straight. He’s making “one or two” more movies starting with one late this summer in Paris.

Woody’s interview with Alec Baldwin yesterday (see below) gave a big sales jump to his new collection of stories and essays, “Zero Gravity.” Publicity from the interview sent the book up around 4,000 notches on amazon.

In the interview, Woody does say that he’s lost the excitement of making movies because of streaming and his disappointment over people not seeing his movies in theaters. Woody tells Alec that he wrote several plays during the pandemic, and has thought about writing a novel.

Woody tells Baldwin that he wished he could have directed WC Fields, the Marx Brothers, and Bob Hope, and Jerry Lewis. Woody says Hope was very talented before he became “that Republican and Lewis did “a lot of silly movies.”

Baldwin says Woody is one few people he knows who has a wall of books in his living room, and they’ve all been read.

“No, I haven’t read them,” Woody replies, “I have them because books are warm!”

Good interview, but I’d like to have heard Woody do more talking than Alec.

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also 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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