Allen says Previn relationship started out as fling but ‘soon had a life of …

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Woody Allen claims he has ‘paternal’ relationship with wife Soon-Yi Previn.

During the conversation, Allen, whose new flick Irrational Man is suffering weak numbers at the box office, paints himself as a “middle-class” man who leads “ a very sensible life.” He spoke openly about making movies, his lack of curiosity, specifically about drugs (“I can barely bring myself to take two Extra Strength Excedrin.”), and therapy.Acclaimed American film director Woody Allen has given a rare interview and made even rarer remarks about his controversial marriage to the adopted daughter of his former girlfriend. “I’m 35 years older and somehow, through no fault of mine or hers, the dynamic worked,” he told National Public Radio of his wife Soon-Yi, who called him “paternal” in their relationship. “Then we started going together, then we started living together and we were enjoying it. She’s been on at me for years but I don’t really want to go,” Allen says, shrugging his shoulders. “I’ve spent years fobbing her off, saying, ‘Let’s go to Paris, let’s go to Barcelona.’ She’s now at the point of saying, ‘Enough Paris! But things got strange, even by Woody Allen standards, when the 79-year-old started talking about his much, much younger wife, whom he started seeing while in a relationship with her mother, Mia Farrow.

You’re going to be 80 years old in December; you’ll be dead soon and I’d like to go to Seoul!’ He deadpans. “So, I’m stalling as long as I can; maybe if I’m lucky I’ll be dead.” Mortality is a recurring theme in the work of this iconic director-writer-actor, from as far back as Love and Death (1975) to his current upcoming movie, Irrational Man, a dark comedy in which an alcoholic philosophy professor (Joaquin Phoenix) plans the perfect murder. I think that was probably the odd factor that I’m so much older than the girl I married,” he said. “I was paternal,” Allen said. “She deferred to me, and I was happy to give her an enormous amount of decision-making just as a gift and let her take charge of so many things.” The couple separated when Farrow found out about his affair with Soon-Yi, whom she adopted with ex-husband, the conductor Andre Previn. Because of the massive age gap, and specifically because he was “paternal” as Soon-Yi “deferred to” him. “I lucked out in my last relationship,” he told Fragoso. “I’ve been married now for 20 years and it’s been good.

I am not planning anything big because I don’t like to do that,” he explains. “There’s a sadness when people get together and drink and celebrate and there’s a great exchange of insincerities all over the place,” he says. “It’s just not for me. He repeated his long-standing denial of accusations that he molested Dylan Farrow, his adoptive daughter with Farrow, and said scandals in his private life had not impacted his fans. “I always had a small audience. People did not come in great abundance, and they still don’t, and I’ve maintained the same audience over the years,” he said. “If the reviews are bad, they don’t come.

I’d prefer to sleep through it and not get involved.” His family is happily intact, though if there was ever a marriage destined to fail it was the Allen-Previn union. At age 44, Soon-yi is 35 years younger yet, against the odds, the couple is still going strong and raising their two adopted daughters: Bechet, born in 1999 in China, and Manzie, born in 2000, in Texas. In a Time article, Previn assured that, “To think that Woody was in any way a father or stepfather to me is laughable.” And Allen told Vanity Fair “She’s probably more mature than I am.” After taking full credit for how Previn “flourished,” Allen addressed whether the recently resurfaced allegations that he sexually abused his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow affected his viewership. “I would say no,” says Allen. Irrational Man addresses fate and the random decisions we make in life that can often be the most impactful. “A random moment for me that was very meaningful was when I once threw a New Year’s Party. I got a nice thank you present after the party from Mia Farrow,” he recounts. “She sent me a book and said, ‘It was a lovely party; here is a book you might like.” Randomly, I called to say thanks for the book.

Verified email addresses: All users on Independent Media news sites are now required to have a verified email address before being allowed to comment on articles. Trump would liven it up. “I could make individual jokes about it but it wouldn’t stimulate me enough to write a whole script because the issue is that only right now it’s very hot. But from what it looks like, it will be fun for everybody except the Republicans,” he laughs, “but then it will go away and be old news and my movie will look like yesterday’s newspaper.” Allen has the stamina of a man half his age and remains one of Hollywood’s most prolific directors.

I don’t smoke and I don’t have any terrible health-ruining habits, and I enjoy working.” “If tomorrow I get a stroke and I can’t remember my name, then it’s over. But if my health holds out and if I turn out to be as healthy as my father, actually both my parents lived to be 100, I see no reason why I couldn’t continue to make films.

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