Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 5 May 2015

Woody Allen considers Irish film

Legendary film director and actor Woody Allen has expressed interest in making a movie in Ireland.

He said today he would make a film in Ireland if the financial backing was there and that the country would be a perfect setting if he had the right story.

Mr Allen, who spends some holidays in Co Donegal, shot some of his recent films outside his beloved New York after financial lures from the UK and Spain.

Speaking at the launch of his latest movie Vicky Cristina Barcelona, in Los Angeles, he was asked if he would shoot in Ireland.

"Sure, because Ireland is a place I would not have a problem living for the couple of months that it took me to make the film," he said.

"It's a delightful place, I've been there on several occasions and the light in Ireland is so beautiful. It's a very good place to make a film."

The three-time Oscar winner said his 2006 film Match Point, which starred Irish actor Jonathan Rhys-Meyers and Scarlett Johansson, was originally set in New York.

But when UK backers pledged cash to shoot it in London, he tweaked the script and shifted the location.

But, the 72-year-old said the story-line would have to be right if he were to set a movie in Ireland.

"Ireland brings with it some very particular things," he said.

"It's an isolated and kind of misty place and you'd really have to have the right story for it, but it's a great atmosphere. You know right away you are going to get a beautiful film - those grey skies and the terrain. Ireland's one of the few places that lives up to the hype; that is as beautiful as everyone tells you it is. I would not hesitate at all - not at all.''



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