Last night’s “Blue Jasmine” premiere at MoMA in New York City attracted a slew of celebrities including Cate Blanchett, Amy Poehler, Zosia Mamet, Adrien Grenier, and more, but the director himself was unable to make the trip.
When I first read that he wasn’t there, I wasn’t surprised. At this point in his career, it would almost be too exciting to spot Woody at his own movie premiere. Shockingly, I’ve never spoken to the man, but its hard to imagine Woody actually wanting to go. And if he did wake up on the right side of the bed, or if his team pushed him to make an appearance, I’d like to imagine him complaining about the amount of people, the food, or the amount of “annoying” idolization he probably receives at these types of celebrity infused events.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Allen sent his regrets via text, and his message was announced by his publicist. In true Woody fashion:
“I’m in France so I can’t be there this evening. I only wish I was in New York and couldn’t be there.”
Allen’s adoration of France is quite well known, so its fitting he is there, of all places. Most likely Woody isn’t on vacation, but starting work on his next film which reportedly commenced production on July 6th. The Riveria Times reported that his latest venture will star Colin Firth and Emma Stone, set to take place in Antibes, Menton and Grasse.
Blue Jasmine, which is out in theaters this Friday, July 26th, stars Cate Blanchett, as a bankrupt socialite who travels to San Francisco to crash with her less fortunate sister.
Another Woody film, another existential crisis: Blue Jasmine shines a light on the Wall Street scandals that have enveloped New York City in past years, and condenses it in to a story of a rich woman’s rise and decline.
Other stars include Blanchett, Alec Baldwin, Louis C.K., Andrew Dice Clay and Peter Sarsgaard.
“There’s a sense of expectation doing a Woody Allen film but I really think that makes everyone rise to the occasion…hopefully,” Blanchett said.