Woody Allen announces his retirement from acting

UPDATE: After reports of his retirement became public, Woody Allen’s spokesperson released this statement: “Woody Allen never said he was retiring, he didn’t say he was writing a another novel. He said he thinks not making films because making films that go straight or very quickly to streaming platforms is not so enjoyable for him, as he is a big fan of the cinematic experience. Currently, he has no intention of retiring and is very happy to be in Paris to shoot his new film, which will be the 50th.

ORIGINAL ITEM: Woody Allen recently announced that he was done with acting. While spending some time in Europe making his latest film, he spoke to a Spanish newspaper called La Vanguardia. According to his interview there, he plans to leave the film industry to pursue writing more seriously. Allen has published a number of memoirs, as well as collections of comic musings.

Allen’s past is complicated, to say the least. He rose to prominence as a writer and comedian, then became a big star in the 1970s directing his own films, such as Bananas, Annie Halland manhattan. He was a close creative and romantic partner of Mia Farrow from 1980 to 1996, who starred in several of her films during this time. They ended their relationship and Allen later dated and married Soon-Yi Previn, Farrow’s adopted daughter.

During Allen and Farrow’s breakup, he was initially accused of sexually abusing his adopted daughter Dylan. Allen has denied the charges and has never been charged with a crime. Although the accusations received huge publicity in the 1990s, Allen was able to continue his career with very little interruption throughout the decade and into the 2000s. But in the mid-2010s, Dylan renewed his accusations against him. This time. the American film industry largely cut ties with Allen; in 2018, Allen’s film A rainy day in New York was supposed to debut through Amazon Studios, but they pulled it when concern over its past scandals boiled over. In 2020, his memoirs, About nothingwas canceled by Hachette, although it was later acquired and published by another publisher.

His next film, Wasp 22, would be his last. He compares it to his film Match pointand that it would be “dramatic, serious and also very sinister”.

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