“I myself, feel about fame the way the character, the chauffeur, talks about it in the movie,” Woody Allen tells Zap2It at the Los Angeles Film Festival screening of his new movie, “To Rome with Love,” Friday (June 15). “Life is tough, and it’s tough whether you’re famous or not famous. And in the end, it’s probably, of those two choices, better to be famous.”
“The perks are better. You get better seats at the basketball game, and you get better tables and reservations places. And if I call a doctor on Saturday morning, I can get him,” Allen says. “There’s a lot of indulgences that you don’t get if you’re not famous. Now, I’m not saying it’s fair; it’s kind of disgusting. But I can’t say that I don’t enjoy it.”
Allen’s latest project — starring Jesse Eisenberg, Penelope Cruz, Ellen Page and Greta Gerwig — opens nationwide on June 22, and puts him in front of the camera for the first time since 2006’s “Scoop.” After a career spanning six decades, the well-known Knicks devotee explains he’d still take the hassle of paparazzi and all of the other annoyances that come with being famous to get front row accommodations at Madison Square Garden.
“There are drawbacks to being famous too, but you can live with those,” he says. “They’re not life-threatening. You know, if the paparazzi are outside your restaurant or your house, and actors make such a big thing of it and scurry into cars and drape things, you know. You think they’re going to be crucified or something.
“It’s not a big deal. You get used to that. So the bad stuff is greatly outweighed by the dinner reservations.”