Published On: Sun, May 17th, 2015

Woody Allen Talks at Cannes

Allen says he still does not own a computer.

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While promoting his new movie “The Irrational Man” at the Cannes Film Festival, Woody Allen made some startling revelations during a very rare appearance before the press. For example, he does not own a computer and regrets agreeing to do a TV series for Amazon.

Allen has made no secret of his distaste for religion, but one might be surprised to hear that the Oscar winning director compares choosing to kill to choosing to believe in religion. He said at a press conference at Cannes, “In everybody’s life, there are times when suddenly you realize that something momentous can possibly happen if you make a choice, if you make the right choice, great. In this case the choice that Joaquin makes is irrational. But it’s not so irrational given the comparison with the choices that we all make in our own lives.

“If you look at people, people need something to believe in, in their lives. They have to choose whether life is going to be meaningful or meaningless. People will choose religion in their lives, for example, and will make an irrational choice. They think that if they live a good life, they will die and go to heaven. That’s no less crazy a thought than Abe thinking that if he commits this act, his life will suddenly turn around for the better. As long as there’s something dedicated you believe in, you make a choice and you go with it. That’s the way that I see it.”

On agreeing to do a television series for Amazon, “It was catastrophic mistake for me. I’m doing my best with it. I’m struggling with it at home. But I never should have gotten into it. It’s very hard for me. I thought it was going to be easy. You do a movie, it’s a big long thing. But to do six half-hours! It’s very, very hard. I just hope I don’t disappoint Amazon. I’m not good at it. I don’t watch any of those television series, so I don’t know what I’m doing, I’m floundering. It’s going to be a cosmic embarrassment.”

Oh, as he explained to Deadline Hollywood, Allen does not even own a computer. He still writes everything on a typewriter.

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