Last night saw the Cannes premiere of Woody Allen’s latest love-letter-to-a-city of a film, Midnight in Paris (no prizes for guessing the city, people!), starring Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams and a certain Mrs Carla Bruni-Sarkozy and although Carla was absent from the red carpet, today we got some more intriguing titbits from the legendary director on working with France’s Première Dame, in an interview with The Guardian.
‘I was having breakfast one morning with the Sarkozys’ – as you do, Woody – ‘and she walked into the room and I thought she was very beautiful and charming and charismatic’, the director gushes before describing how he asked her to be in his movie. ‘I said to her, “Would you like to be in a movie, just a small role, just for fun? I know you are very busy, but for just a day or two or three maximum?” And she said, “Yes, I would like to do it, because one day I would like to tell my grandchildren I was in the movie."’ Now, in the trailer for the film Mrs Sarkozy delivers just four words – and delivers them beautifully – but Woody gives us some more info on her role as a Paris tourist guide and although the First Lady doesn’t quite utter lines like, ‘et voila iz where Nicholas et moi ‘ave breakfast’, we were happy to hear that she took the role ‘very gracefully’ and that she is, according to Woody, ‘delighted with how it came out, and very happy with how the cameraman photographed her’.
Well, Woody sounds just smitten so we’re already getting our proposals for the sequel ready, just in case he comes knocking. We’re thinking Carla’s tour guide character relocates from humble Paris to…the Versailles and falls in love with a slightly shorter dude called Nicholas who turns out to be… le Président and…you get the picture!
--- Kiki Georgiou