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Saturday 27 December 2014

Bates: Woody Allen has mellowed

Kathy Bates said working with Woody Allen the second time around was a pleasant surprise
Kathy Bates said working with Woody Allen the second time around was a pleasant surprise

Kathy Bates has revealed she thinks that Woody Allen has mellowed since the last time she worked with him.

The actress appeared in the director's 1991 film Shadows And Fog and then the pair reunited for this year's hit film Midnight In Paris, in which Kathy plays art collector Gertrude Stein.

Kathy said that working with him this time around was a much more pleasant experience.

She said: "The first time I must say it was very difficult working with him and it was hard to know what he wanted at the time. When we worked on Midnight In Paris conversely he was very demonstrative of what he wanted and very forceful.

"I think he's a brilliant writer and I had studied a great deal about Gertrude Stein and had listened to her voice, but he had in mind how he wanted to play the scenes and he was very direct and forceful in expressing himself."

She added: "I enjoyed working with him the second time. He was very personable, which I didn't expect, and very upfront and very warm so I did enjoy the experience this time."

The actress, who won an Oscar for her role in Misery, is currently starring as a lawyer in television series Harry's Law and said she was loving her new role.

"She's a wonderful, complex woman. The press over here are saying she's a curmudgeon and is very blunt and on the surface unlikeable but she, for some reason, draws people to her," Kathy said.

:: Harry's Law continues on Mondays on Universal Channel.

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