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Allen writes himself a role in film

Woody Allen has written himself a part in his next film, Midnight In Paris.

The acclaimed writer-director hasn't appeared in one of his own films since Scoop in 2006, but has written himself into the Rome-set drama, starring Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams.

"It's not a big deal, it's an amusing turn, so I'll do it, but I can't be the love interest any more - I can't play opposite Scarlett Johansson, it's not appropriate," he told The Guardian.

Woody - whose latest film You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger will be released on March 18 - fancies a reunion with Diane Keaton, who starred in Annie Hall and Manhattan. The duo haven't worked together since 1993's Manhattan Murder Mystery.

"I'd love to have a wonderful tour de force part with Diane Keaton but the problem is doing what?" he continued.

"Nobody wants to see two septuagenarians get it on. People may say they do, but they don't. They want to see Leonardo DiCaprio chasing after Scarlett Johansson. They don't want me flirting with Diane Keaton," he added.

He claimed Diane has inspired him.

"I could never write female characters when I started out. And when I met Diane Keaton... I became so enamoured of her, I just fell in love with her.

"They were cardboard figures before her, and I made no effort to change it, but after I met Keaton I could write women, and only write women, that was all that interested me," he said.

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