Thursday, October 3, 2013
Cate Blanchett, actor — on Woody Allen — as heard on BBC Radio 4 The Film Programme

"Woody didn’t speak any less than any other director. Often rehearsals in films, I think, are just time used to stave off the anxiety of actually doing it. And, in the end, what you’re trying to capture on film is that moment of discovery that you get in the rehearsal room. The problem with Woody is that not everyone, Sally [Hawkins] and I were the only ones who got the full script. And also, he doesn’t like to do a lot of takes so, unlike David Fincher who will keep going to take 97 to get it perfect, Woody just wants the energy of it happening the first time. It produces a particular kind of strange anxiety that maybe give his films the unique texture that they have. So, he does it for a reason. He’s quite restless and impatient in a good way. If it’s not working he’ll come in and say. I think he finds it an agony to listen to his own script. God knows why because they’re brilliant. You don’t want to change a word. He would often come in and massage something or, and this is the thing, he loves to be surprised. So, if he’s surprised by something he’ll go, I hadn’t thought about that, why don’t we try this. So I think we all set ourselves the goal of keeping him awake and engaged."

Photo: madame.lefigaro.fr

Cate Blanchett, actor — on Woody Allen — as heard on BBC Radio 4 The Film Programme

"Woody didn’t speak any less than any other director. Often rehearsals in films, I think, are just time used to stave off the anxiety of actually doing it. And, in the end, what you’re trying to capture on film is that moment of discovery that you get in the rehearsal room. The problem with Woody is that not everyone, Sally [Hawkins] and I were the only ones who got the full script. And also, he doesn’t like to do a lot of takes so, unlike David Fincher who will keep going to take 97 to get it perfect, Woody just wants the energy of it happening the first time. It produces a particular kind of strange anxiety that maybe give his films the unique texture that they have. So, he does it for a reason. He’s quite restless and impatient in a good way. If it’s not working he’ll come in and say. I think he finds it an agony to listen to his own script. God knows why because they’re brilliant. You don’t want to change a word. He would often come in and massage something or, and this is the thing, he loves to be surprised. So, if he’s surprised by something he’ll go, I hadn’t thought about that, why don’t we try this. So I think we all set ourselves the goal of keeping him awake and engaged."

Photo: madame.lefigaro.fr

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